W2 - The Pathway to Achieving Initial Accreditation from WSCUC
This workshop is required for all institutions prior to submitting their WSCUC Eligibility application to achieve accreditation. The focus will be the process institutions undergo in seeking accreditation, as approved by the WSCUC Commission in 2014. The workshop will provide an overview of the process, including a review of each of the Eligibility Criteria and steps following the granting of Eligibility to achieve Initial Accreditation. Participants will examine excerpts from successful applications, consider possible timelines, and have the opportunity to ask questions prior to expending time and resources on this demanding process. Consideration is given to the wide range of types of institutions that may apply and how the process may be adapted to each. Jeb Egbert, Provost of West Coast University and a WSCUC Commissioner, will describe the successful process he helped coordinate in West Coast University’s successful achievement of Initial Accreditation.
Richard Osborn, Vice President, joined WSCUC in July 2009 after serving eight years as President of Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, California. Dick has enjoyed the experience of growing up in international locations, including Lebanon and Uruguay. He has served at every level within education, including as teacher, principal, and superintendent at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. As a regional and national education vice president, he served as board member/consultant for fifteen college/university boards conducting many training sessions and presenting strategic planning and other seminars. He also has served in various capacities on several hospital boards. Dick’s leadership capacity in several state and national associations includes service as Chair of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities. Dick has an undergraduate degree from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland, and an MA and a PhD in History from the University of Maryland, specializing in colonial Virginia history.
Jeb Egbert serves as the Co-President, Chief Academic Officer, for West Coast University. As such, he is responsible for the oversight of the academic programs and related practices, policies and procedures of the University. Egbert spent approximately 20 years early in his career at a traditional, private, not-for-profit undergraduate institution where he taught in the business program and served in several administrative roles including Director of Career Services, Dean of Student Affairs, and Assistant to the President. He then transitioned to a corporate position with Electronic Data Systems (EDS), where he worked for 6 years in a role developing the account leaders of this international enterprise. He then returned to for profit higher education as the President of Argosy University’s campuses in Dallas and later Orange County. Egbert joined West Coast University in October of 2009 and has a special interest in student learning and associated assessment frameworks and activities that can enable the University to engage in continuous improvement.