Pitzer College submitted a self-study institutional report in July 2018 which addressed the previous recommendations of the commission, identified institutional strengths and vulnerabilities, as well as provided relevant updates. Since the submission, the College has embarked upon a strategic planning process and participated in planning discussions regarding the restructuring of the Keck Science Department as a two-way partnership with Scripps College, including a capital project. Below is a brief summary of the previous recommendations and the lines of inquiry that will frame the on-campus visit that will occur in March 2019.
Recommendations from June 2011 and March 2015 Commission Action Letters
- Assessment of student learning, includingfurther expansion and refinement of student learning outcomes and systems forassessment.
- Program review, including examples of recentlycompleted program reviews.
- Support for institutional research developmentand additional analyses of graduation and retention, disaggregated bysubpopulation.
- Development and assessment of outcomes relatedto campus life.
- Changes in the plans and culture that assure thesustainability of educational effectiveness.
Lines of Inquiry for Campus Visit in March 2019
The team has identified the followinglines of inquiry for the Accreditation Visit:
- Howis Pitzer College using the strategic planning process to prepare for thechanges in higher education environment including enrollments, financialstability and potential risks?
- Canyou please tell us more about the institution’s governance and budget planning?What are the lessons learned from centralized vs. de-centralizeddecision-making process?
- Canyou help us understand your key performance indicators? How are they decidedand used?
- Whatare the plans for developing a sustainable culture of assessment includingensuring faculty buy-in for assessment and program review?
- Canyou please provide updates on assessing educational objectives and corecompetences?
- Whatis Pitzer’s model for student success? What are the contributing factors tohigh retention, persistence and graduation rates?
- Howare special populations such as low-income students being recruited, retainedand served?
- Whatprograms are particularly effective in retaining and graduating students? Doesit differ by student background (e.g. gender, ethnicity, low income, etc.)?
- Whatapproaches have you taken to examine post-graduation outcomes for students andalumni engagement?
- July 5, 2018 – Pitzer College submitted the Self-Study Institutional Report to WSCUC
- September 13, 2018 – WSCUC Off-Site Review conducted by videoconference to establish Lines of Inquiry
- January 28, 2019 – Supplemental Information submitted to the Review Team following the Off-Site review
- Monday, March 25, 2019 to Thursday, March 28, 2019 – WSCUC Review Team at Pitzer College
- June 27, 2019 – WSCUC Commission Meeting to act on Pitzer College’s Grant of Accreditation