W1 - The Pathway to Achieving Initial Accreditation from WSCUC
This workshop is required for all institutions prior to submitting their WSCUC Eligibility application to achieve accreditation. The focus will be the process institutions undergo in seeking accreditation, as approved by the WSCUC Commission in 2014. The workshop will provide an overview of the process, including a review of each of the Eligibility Criteria and steps following the granting of Eligibility to achieve Initial Accreditation. Participants will examine excerpts from successful applications, consider possible timelines, and have the opportunity to ask questions prior to expending time and resources on this demanding process. Consideration is given to the wide range of types of institutions that may apply and how the process may be adapted to each. Jeb Egbert, Co-President of West Coast University and a WSCUC Commissioner, will describe the successful process he helped coordinate in West Coast University’s successful achievement of Initial Accreditation.
Dr. Lori Williams comes to WSCUC with over 25 years’ experience in education. Most recently, she served as provost and ALO at Ashford University in San Diego. Previous positions include vice provost of curriculum development and innovation at Kaplan University, vice president of product strategy and development at Laureate Education, executive director of the center for student success at Walden University, and administrative roles at Saint Michael's College and Middlebury College. Throughout her career, Lori has also taught extensively, serving as a professor, thesis advisor, and mentor.
Jeb Egbert serves as the Co-President, Chief Academic Officer, for West Coast University. As such, he is responsible for the oversight of the academic programs and related practices, policies and procedures of the University. Egbert spent approximately 20 years early in his career at a traditional, private, not-for-profit undergraduate institution where he taught in the business program and served in several administrative roles including Director of Career Services, Dean of Student Affairs, and Assistant to the President. He then transitioned to a corporate position with Electronic Data Systems (EDS), where he worked for 6 years in a role developing the account leaders of this international enterprise. He then returned to for profit higher education as the President of Argosy University’s campuses in Dallas and later Orange County. Egbert joined West Coast University in October of 2009 and has a special interest in student learning and associated assessment frameworks and activities that can enable the University to engage in continuous improvement.