The Meaning, Quality, and Integrity of Degrees Workshop

Event Date: 
Thu, 11/14/2013 - 8:30am to 5:00pm


November 14, 2013
Woodbury University
Burbank, California

Lead Facilitators:

Melanie Booth, Special Assistant to the President, WASC Senior College and University Commission

John Hughes, Vice President for Institutional Planning and Research, The Master’s College and Seminary

Plenary Speakers:

Peter Ewell, Vice President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems

Michael J. Offerman, President Emeritus, Capella University

Kathleen Roe, Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Health Science Department, San José State University

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Workshop Description:
This workshop offers an opportunity for campus teams to learn more about how to define the meaning of the degrees their institution offers – and why it matters. It is also a chance to learn more about the new WASC requirement that member institutions include a component addressing the “Meaning, Quality, and Integrity of the Degree” as a part of their self-study for reaffirmation of accreditation.

The workshop is designed for institutional teams composed of CAOs, ALOs, deans, faculty leadership, and assessment specialists, but individuals are also welcome to attend.

Program: In the three plenaries, eminent keynote speakers will address foundational concepts and principles that have historically shaped the meaning and content of degrees in post-secondary education. Other sessions will examine how institutional leaders are adapting the meaning and content of their degrees to match today’s changing demographics, technology, and public expectations. Most importantly, the workshop will foster inter-institutional conversation, so teams can explore how a broad variety of colleges and universities are effectively defining and describing the connections between institutional mission, expectations for student learning across degrees and programs, and institutional assessment activities.

Workshop Goals:

Participants will . . .

  1. Develop an institutional perspective on the meaning and integrity of degrees that reflects the university mission and extends across the breadth of undergraduate and graduate programs offered.
  2. Develop a community of colleagues with whom to share ideas and best practices.
  3. Create a plan for communicating to internal and external audiences what a degree demands and what it offers.
  4. Be able to describe the purpose, focus, and expected components of the WASC-required component “Meaning and Integrity of the Degree.”
  5. Create a plan for addressing the meaning and integrity of the degree that includes common elements of all degrees reflecting mission and values with an assessment infrastructure to support improvements.

This workshop is designed for four-year and two-year institutions accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

Registration fee includes lunch. Beverages and snack will be available during breaks. Attendees will be on their own for all other meals.

Registration fees:  $325/per team member.  After the registration deadlines, if space is available, late registration fee will be $350 /per team member.

Registration deadline:  October 24, 2013

Hotel Reservations 

We encourage participants to make their hotel reservations as soon as possible. Given the MQID workshop is being held on a campus, WASC has not contracted nor secured a group rate with any particular hotel. There are many websites online that help with finding reasonably priced hotels.




    This educational program is offered as a service to WASC member institutions and others who wish to learn about good practices applicable to all institutions. It is entirely optional. Upon request, facilitators will refer participants to WASC staff who can answer questions related to WASC accreditation expectations.