The Meaning, Quality, and Integrity of Degrees Workshop

Event Date: 
Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:30am to 4:30pm


January 30, 2015
Woodbury University
Burbank, California

Click here for a draft of the program schedule.

Lead Facilitators:

Laurie Dodge, Vice Chancellor of Institutional Assessment and Planning; Vice Provost, Brandman University

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 Offerman, Consultant and 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 interactive workshop offers an opportunity for campus teams and individuals to learn more about how to define, articulate, and assess the meaning, quality, and integrity of the degrees their institution offers – and why it matters. It is also a chance to learn more about the national context, as well as WSCUC’s 2013 Handbook of Accreditation requirement that institutions include a component addressing the “Meaning, Quality, and Integrity of Degrees” as a part of their self-study for reaffirmation of accreditation.

In the three plenaries, distinguished keynote speakers will address the national context and foundational concepts and principles that have shaped the meaning and content of degrees in post-secondary education; resources and tools to help institutions articulate and assess the meaning, quality, and integrity of their degrees; and institutional perspectives on this process. Other sessions and discussions 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 conversations, so teams and individuals can explore how a broad variety of colleges and universities are effectively defining and describing the connections between institutional missions, expectations for student learning across degrees and programs, and institutional assessment activities.

The workshop is designed for institutional teams composed of CAOs, ALOs, deans, faculty leadership, and assessment specialists. Individuals are also welcome to attend. This workshop is intended for four-year and two-year institutions accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

Workshop Goals:

Participants will . . .

  1. Develop an institutional perspective on the meaning, quality, and integrity of degrees that reflects your institution’s mission and extends across the breadth of undergraduate and/or graduate programs offered.
  2. Identify numerous resources, tools, and processes for successfully articulating the meaning, quality, and integrity of degrees, including assessment resources to support improvements
  3. Create a plan for communicating to internal and external audiences what degrees from your institutions demand and what they offer students.
  4. Determine the purpose, focus, and expected components of the WSCUC-required component “Meaning, Quality, and Integrity of Degrees.”
  5. Produce a work plan for addressing the meaning, quality, and integrity of your institution’s degrees that includes common elements of all degrees and that reflects the mission and values of your institution.
  6. Develop a community of colleagues with whom to share ideas, resources, and good practices.

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:  January 16, 2015

Hotel Reservations 

We encourage participants to make their hotel reservations as soon as possible. Given the MQID workshop is being held on a campus, WSCUC 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 has been developed by national and regional experts and is offered as a service to WSCUC member institutions and others who wish to learn about good practices applicable to all institutions. It is entirely optional, and our hope is that member institutions will find it helpful. WSCUC staff will be present to answer questions related specifically to accreditation expectations.