WASC News

  • Continuing the EER phase
    CalArts is continuing the Educational Effectiveness Review (EER) phase of the reaffirmation of accreditation process, which will culminate in a report (Oct/Nov 2011) and a campus visit (Feb/March 2012). (09.17.10)

What we've accomplished so far

  • Institutional Proposal submitted to and approved by WASC in December 2007
    Capacity and Preparatory Review Report submitted to WASC in November 2009
    Capacity and Preparatory Review Visit completed in February 2010
    • Learning goals established for every program and published in the CalArts Catalog
    • Rubrics established for almost every program, and put in active use
    • Establishment of the Teaching and Learning Center
    • Surveys: new Exit Survey and Alumni Experience Survey; aligned Returning Student Questionnaire and put online; Exit Survey now required as part of graduation process
    • Cohort Study begun
    • WASC website: revised by Communication Group
    • Mentoring workshops (2007/2008; Fall 2008)
    • Critical Studies BFA curriculum program review complete
    • Exploration of peer review and workload by Academic Council subcommittee
    • Provided training and forums for faculty to discuss pedagogy, mentoring and learning goals (Teaching Learning Community meetings; rubric workshops; syllabus workshops)
    • Established Critical Studies mid-residence review; begun in Spring 2009
    • Institutional Research Group established, and changes being made to Institute Stats Book
    • Advisement Group established, and refined mentoring/advisement roles through the Institute
    • Increased career/international opportunities for students
    • Staff Professional Development Committee started

To be done...

  • • Ensure that each course has a syllabus with learning goals for the course
    • Ensure that each program has a rubric/checklist/equivalent document for, at minimum, the graduation point
    • Work on Staff Development as it relates to Theme 3: "How can we better support the professional and artistic development of the faculty and staff to enhance student learning?"
    • Program Review: Finalize protocols for the School of Film/Video and begin in Spring 2010.
    • Move forward with a long-term study of educational effectiveness.
    • Document efforts towards peer review and continue to make progress towards it
    • Pilot Annual Assessment Reports

WASC Notable Dates

  • EDUCATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS REVIEW
    Report due: Oct/Nov 2011
    Visit dates: Feb/March 2012
  • CAPACITY AND PREPARATORY REVIEW
    Submitted: Nov. 19, 2009 (done)
    Visit dates: Feb. 10 – 12, 2010 (done)
  • INSTITUTIONAL PROPOSAL
    Submitted: October 15, 2007 (done)

CalArts/WASC-Related Events and Workshops

  • WASC Steering Committee
    The WASC Steering Committee meets every other Monday in the Faculty Center, starting on September 20, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • CPR Visit
    WASC Visitors came to CalArts from February 10 to 12, 2010.
  • CPR Report
    A draft of the Capacity and Preparatory Review Report was distributed to the CalArts community in October 2009. The final version is now online (PDF).

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