Wednesday April 25, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Early: $145 Advance: $160 Onsite: $185
W7 - Using Metaphor Methods to Address the Meaning, Quality, and Integrity of Degrees

Preparing clear, concise, and compelling reflective essays for an institutional self-study report is extremely challenging given the need to deeply engage a broad range of diverse stakeholders with competing priorities and perspectives. This interactive workshop will explore the use of metaphor methods and graphic facilitation to prompt critical thinking and creative writing about one of the required components of a self-study report: the meaning, quality, and integrity of degrees. A series of practical exercises will illustrate how to capitalize on conceptual analogues based in the subject-matter expertise of self-study participants toward crafting a reflective essay that resonates more or less equally with a wide variety of stakeholders. The learning outcomes of the workshop include:

  • Knowledge – describing the concepts of diagnostic reasoning and metaphor archetypes
  • Skills – applying metaphor methods and graphic facilitation to analysis of academic programs
  • Attitudes – valuing multiple alternative perspectives and emergent collective intelligence


William L. Shay
Assistant Provost/Accreditation Liaison Officer
Charles R. Drew University

William Shay is the Assistant Provost of Academic Personnel at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU).  He oversees academic affairs administration in the areas of faculty appointment, promotion, and employment, academic program and student services review, and regional and specialized accreditation.   Dr. Shay serves as CDU’s WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer, and is a graduate of the 2015-16 WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has extensive professional experience in sponsored research, academic personnel, and academic program administration.