Wednesday April 10, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Early: $120 Advance: $145 Onsite: $175
W2 - WSCUC’s Institutional Review Process: The 2013 Handbook Requirements, Undergoing Self-Study, and Writing Institutional Reports

Beginning in 2013, WSCUC’s process for reviewing institutions changed – a once in a decade event. The 2013 Handbook of Accreditation was implemented, and with it, revised Standards were introduced; an Offsite Review (OSR) followed by a more focused Accreditation Visit (AV) was implemented; and new requirements for the Institutional Report were detailed. If your institution is anticipating this nine-component process in the next two to three years, this workshop will be helpful for planning out your self-study process, engaging your constituents, writing an evidence-based report, and planning for the whole process. (Note: institutions planning to pursue the Themed Pathway for Reaffirmation should not enroll in this workshop.) Hear from an institutional representative who has gone through the process about what makes for a successful and meaningful review and visit experience. Though each institution’s WSCUC liaison offers a customized institutional training 18-24 months in advance of the visit, if you are hoping to get a jump start, wanting a review of the entire process, or gathering helpful tips and ideas from institutions who have participated in the process, then this workshop is for you!

 Specifically, the workshop will address the following questions you may have:

  • How can my institution begin planning now for our upcoming review and visit given the 2013 Handbook requirements?
  • What are the key changes I need to understand?
  • What impact will the process have on our institution?
  • What resources are available to help us prepare going forward?
  • What have we learned from institutions’ experiences that will be useful as we plan?

This workshop explores these topics and more, with time reserved for participants’ questions and interactions with each other.


Richard Osborn
Vice President
WASC Senior College and University Commission

Richard Osborn, Vice President, joined WSCUC in July 2009 after serving eight years as President of Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, California. Dick has enjoyed the experience of growing up in international locations, including Lebanon and Uruguay. He has served at every level within education, including as teacher, principal, and superintendent at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. As a regional and national education vice president, he served as board member/consultant for fifteen college/university boards conducting many training sessions and presenting strategic planning and other seminars. He also has served in various capacities on several hospital boards. Dick’s leadership capacity in several state and national associations includes service as Chair of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities. Dick has an undergraduate degree from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland, and an MA and a PhD in History from the University of Maryland, specializing in colonial Virginia history.


Christopher N. Oberg
Vice President/COO
WASC Senior College and University Commission

Christopher N. Oberg has participated in accreditation visits for WSCUC and NEASC since 1985 and currently serves on the WSCUC Financial Review Committee. He has held numerous administrative positions at three private institutions of higher education, including Associate Academic Dean, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, and Interim President, in California and Massachusetts. His areas of interest include organizational change, higher education finance, and governance. He has run consulting businesses in business process transformation for higher education and health care, and for entrepreneurial business development. Most recently he served as adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University, teaching in the program in higher education administration and developing a leadership program for community college professionals. Christopher received his BA in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and his PhD in higher education from Claremont Graduate University.


Institutional Representative: Peter Senkbeil
Provost and Executive Vice President
Concordia University

Peter Senkbeil serves as Provost and Executive Vice President at Concordia University Irvine. As chief academic officer, he is responsible for leading all academic aspects of the university, including curriculum and assessment, new program development, faculty hiring and supervision, accreditation, academic support services and resources. Before his appointment as Provost in 2016, he served as Associate Provost at Concordia (2006-2016) and as its Accreditation Liaison Officer during the 2012-14 WSCUC re-accreditation process, which resulted in a 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation. He served as lead author and editor for Concordia’s 2013 Institutional Report and for its 1999 and 2010 Interim Reports; he has made presentations at the WSCUC ARC several times since 2011. Peter has been a faculty member in Concordia’s Theatre Department since 1992 and has directed more than 30 plays. He holds a B.A. in Communication and Theatre from Concordia University–Chicago, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University.