|2000-2004 WASC Accreditation|
The essays and exhibits in this site constitute UC Santa Cruz’s report for the Educational Effectiveness stage of its re-accreditation review by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In this report, we discuss our institutional alignment with WASC’s core commitment to educational effectiveness:
The evidentiary exhibits provide data and analysis as background and support
for the discussion within the report proper, which is divided into three
Educational Effectiveness Approach
The first essay surveys the types of data and analysis used by UC Santa Cruz
to monitor its educational effectiveness at the institutional level as well
as for individual programs. Through a substantial program of institutional
research, UC Santa Cruz monitors its institutional performance and the
success of its individual programs in supporting undergraduate education. We
are currently improving our ability to provide similar analysis and support
for our graduate programs. The protocols for conducting regular external
reviews of departments and degree programs have been revised to insure that
programs can base their self-studies on relevant data and that reviewers
engage questions of program success in achieving their objectives for
Following the Institutional Proposal submitted to WASC in 2002, this review has focused on two themes drawn from on-going institutional self-reflection: (1) Enhancing undergraduate academic engagement and (2) Expanding and improving graduate programs.
1. Undergraduate Engagement
The essay reviews existing data on undergraduate academic engagement at UC Santa Cruz, including results from the National Survey of Student Engagement and the UC Undergraduate Experiences Survey as well as the outcomes of reviews by internal committees and surveys of graduating surveys. The data confirm the high levels of student engagement in a challenging undergraduate program with many enriching educational experiences.
Particular attention is devoted to recent reviews and initiatives in the following areas: capstone and senior comprehensive requirements, lower division seminars with research faculty, participation in research and internship experiences, and academic advising.
2. Graduate Growth
The essay surveys the several motivations for the campus’s priority for
substantially increasing the proportion of graduate students on campus. It
reviews the available and desirable data on graduate programs and graduate
student experience at UC Santa Cruz. It clarifies strategies for graduate
growth tied to both to allocation of potential resources and academic
The concluding essay addresses our strategy for achieving the goals of growing graduate education while preserving—and potentially enhancing—the quality of undergraduate education at UC Santa Cruz. Outcomes of the review and proposed next steps in planning and resolving issues raised in the review are summarized.
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