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Exhibit D:  Consultative Process for the Educational Effectiveness Review

Building on the earlier stages of the WASC preparatory review, the campus sought (and continues to seek) broad engagement with the WASC process among the faculty and staff.  As a result, numerous people at UC Santa Cruz have been involved in the creation of the education effectiveness report.

  • After receipt of the reports of the visiting team and the Commission action, the WASC Steering Committee created several working groups to develop material to explore the areas indicated by the campus's 2002 institutional proposal: graduate education, program review, and the subtopics in undergraduate academic engagements (first year experience, undergraduate research and internships, capstone experiences, and academic advising).

  • Since June 2004, Interim Vice Provost/Dean of Undergraduate Education William A. Ladusaw and the Vice Chair of the Academic Senate, Professor Faye J. Crosby, have served as co-chairs of the campus WASC steering committee.  Many members of the administration and of the Academic Senate faculty have served on the steering committee and have contributed to writing portions of the text and portions of the accompanying exhibits.

  • During the Fall, 2004, a draft of the report was submitted to the Academic Senate and to all the principal officers of the university for discussion.  Following a formal consultative process, seven standing Senate committees provided feedback.  Comments and further research were provided from administrative officers and staff.

  • The report was then revised and approved by the steering committee.

  • The report as transmitted to WASC was provided to the campus at large to stimulate further discussion in the period leading up to the February 2005 visit by the review committee.

Rather than view the WASC review as a closed or discrete process, the campus has used it to effectively consolidate debates that arose in reviewing on-going planning processes and to stimulate new questions for consideration.  It is expected that the campus community will continue to discuss many of the ideas put forward in the report even after the visiting committee has come to campus—particularly because we hope to gain some extremely valuable perspectives on our goals and some useful suggestions about how to achieve them.

Formal responses from the UC Santa Cruz Academic Senate
Written responses to the draft analytic essays were prepared by seven standing Academic Senate committees:

Overview prepared by the Senate chair

Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity (CAAD)

Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid (CAFA)
D. Committee on Educational Policy (CEP)
E. Committee on Research (COR)
F. Committee on Planning and Budget (CPB)
G. Committee on Teaching (COT)
H. Graduate Council (GC)




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