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
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
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
responses to the draft analytic essays were prepared by seven
standing Academic Senate