Current Accreditation Efforts
REAFFIRMATION EFFORTS 2020-2023
UCI is in active planning for its 2023 reaffirmation of accreditation to be granted by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
The unique reaffirmation process is one that will enable UCI to not only meet all standards for reaffirmation but showcase how the university is enhancing student learning outcomes above and beyond what accreditors look for.
The Steering Committee on Reaffirmation (SCOR), co-chaired by Acting Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Institutional Research Val Jenness and Associate Vice Provost Tracy Molidor aims to provide leadership and direction for UCI’s self-study. SCOR is comprised of an inclusive group of faculty, administrators, Senate leaders, staff, and students. With its first meeting in September 2020, the group will conclude its work in Spring 2023.
The purpose of this website is twofold: to inform the campus about reaccreditation plans and progress, and to document the review process for WSCUC and the external reviewers. The next comprehensive review of UCI by WSCUC will take place during Fall 2021, followed by a site visit tentatively scheduled for Fall 2022. Prior to those dates, this website will be revised to report on the process for the UCI community and to document it for WSCUC.
The Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research has responsibility for coordinating all WSCUC accreditation efforts; as such, this website will serve as a resource for individuals seeking more information on the reaffirmation process and related institutional efforts.
For more information about the Thematic Pathway to Reaffirmation, please reach out to the Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PREVIOUS ACCREDITATION EFFORTS
UCI underwent a three-stage, multi-year, self-study process beginning in Fall 2009 which engaged the campus in institution-wide reflection on capacity and educational effectiveness.
The reaffirmation of accreditation completed in 2012 was a multi-year, self-study process that formally engaged the campus in institution-wide reflection on capacity and educational effectiveness. The first stage was the development of the Institutional Proposal submitted and approved in Fall 2009, the second stage was the Capacity and Preparatory Review completed during Spring 2011, and the third stage was the Educational Effectiveness Review completed during Fall 2012.
The Institutional Proposal is the first stage in the reaccreditation review cycle and guides the entire review process. It introduces the three themes and their research questions that the campus has selected for in-depth study and establishes a framework for connecting the campus context and priorities with the Standards of Accreditation. Once accepted by WSCUC, the proposal serves as the primary basis for both the institutional self-review and team evaluations. The Proposal was developed by the WSCUC Steering Committee. The final version was approved by the Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, other senior administrators, Academic Senate leadership, and Deans and was submitted to WSCUC on November 1, 2009. WSCUC letter to UCI accepting the proposal.
Following WSCUC’s acceptance of our Institutional Proposal, the second step in the reaccreditation process was the Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR). The CPR evaluation focuses on the programs, policies, and infrastructure that prepares the campus for the last step in the process. Capacity and Preparatory Review Final Report from April 2011.
The third step in the reaccreditation process was the Educational Effectiveness Review (EER). In this step, the three campus themes, as well as UCI’s research into Student Success, are explored in more depth, with special emphasis on the assessment and improvement of student learning and the development of a culture of organizational learning and improvement. UCI’s three themes are Student Learning in the Major, General Education, and Academic Program Review. UCI focused on transfer student success for the CPR, especially in the areas of writing and unit loads. Our investigations were followed by specific interventions. For our EER phase, we are studying first-generation/low-income students to better understand how effective our programming is for their success and how we might improve our services. Final Educational Effectiveness Review Report
University of California, Irvine
Office of Academic Planning & Institutional Research
Division of Academic Planning 535 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-1000
Accreditation Liaison Officer:
Tracy Molidor, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Planning