Cal Poly's Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation | The Process

Understanding Cal Poly's Thematic Pathway Process

Theme Submission Process

The theme proposed by Cal Poly will establish a framework for connecting its mission and priorities with the WASC Core Commitments, Standards of Accreditation, and Criteria for Review. In helping universities determine its theme, WASC encourages institutions to be creative, to build on processes already in place, and to focus on a limited number of key issues that can be addressed in depth. This process is intended to promote significant engagement and improvement among faculty, staff, and administrators. 

Cal Poly's theme submission is due April 1, 2019, and the self-study report will be submitted during Winter Quarter 2022.

To help determine the theme, Mary Pedersen (Accreditation Liaison Office and Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs) and Bruno Giberti (Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Planning) made presentations to various campus constituencies during Fall Quarter 2018. They also administered a short survey that allowed participants to indicate the importance of typical themes. The results pointed strongly to an enduring campus concern for issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a commitment to student success as represented by the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025.

130 responses. 29 proposed themes. 8 presentations

The decision on the theme(s) to be proposed by Cal Poly will be made by President Jeffrey D. Armstrong in January 2019 and will be followed by the formation of a small leadership team to produce the self-study report and a steering committee to represent the campus more broadly and act as a sounding board for the development of the report.

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Academic Programs and Planning

The Office of Academic Programs and Planning (APP) coordinates efforts between key stakeholders, faculty, staff, and students during each accreditation cycle.

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Reference Links

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