Capacity and Preparatory Review
The Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR) is designed to enable the WASC commission to determine whether an institution fulfills the Core Commitment to Institutional Capacity: “The institution functions with clear purposes, high levels of institutional integrity, fiscal stability, and organizational structures and processes to fulfill its purposes.” In keeping with the goals of the accreditation process, the Capacity and Preparatory Review is intended to be a focused review that includes a site visit with clearly defined purposes and procedures. The purposes of the CPR are to:
- Review and verify the information provided in the Institutional Presentation (CPR report and data portfolio), and assure that the institution’s data fairly and accurately portray the state of the institution at the time of review.
- Evaluate key institutional resources, structures, and processes, in light of the commission’s standards, to assure that the institution operates at or above threshold levels acceptable for accreditation (or candidacy) and, where appropriate, identify any capacity-related issues that need to be reconsidered during the Educational Effectiveness Review.
- Evaluate the institution’s infrastructure to support educational effectiveness, especially in regard to retention and graduation, the assessment of student learning, and program review under Standard 2, and organizational learning and use of evidence under Standard 4.3.
- Assess the institution’s preparedness to undertake the Educational Effectiveness Review as identified in the proposal, and assist the institution in refining its focus and plan for that review (WASC 2009).
APU's WASC CPR visit was on March 9-11, 2011.
WASC CPR Visit Documents: