Wednesday April 19, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Early: $100 Advance: $125 Onsite: $150
W4 - WSCUC’s Institutional Review Process: The 2013 Handbook Requirements, Undergoing Self-Study, and Writing Institutional Reports

Beginning in 2013, WSCUC’s process for reviewing institutions changed – a once in a decade event. The 2013 Handbook of Accreditation was implemented, and with it, revised Standards were introduced; an offsite review (OSR) followed by a more focused accreditation visit (AV) was implemented; and new requirements for the Institutional Report were detailed. If your institution is anticipating this process in the next two to three years, this workshop will be helpful for planning out your self-study process, engaging your constituents, writing an evidence-based report, and planning for the whole process. Hear from institutional representatives who have gone through the process as well as team members who have performed reviews about what makes for a successful and meaningful review and visit process. Though each institution’s WSCUC liaison offers a customized institutional training 18-24 months in advance of the visit, if you are hoping to get a jump start, wanting a review of the entire process, or gathering helpful tips and ideas from institutions and team members that have participated in the process, then this workshop is for you!

 Specifically, the workshop will address the following questions you may have:

  • How can my institution begin planning now for our upcoming review and visit given the 2013 Handbook requirements?
  • What are the key changes I need to understand?
  • What impact will the process have on our institution?
  • What resources are available to help us prepare going forward?
  • What have we already learned from institutions’ early experiences that will be useful as we plan?

This interactive workshop explores these topics and more, with time reserved for participants’ questions and interactions with each other.


Richard Osborn
Vice President
WASC Senior College and University Commission

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 recent 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.

Christopher N. Oberg
Vice President/COO
WASC Senior College and University Commission

Christopher N. Oberg has participated in accreditation visits for WSCUC and NEASC since 1985 and currently serves on the WSCUC Financial Review Committee. He has held numerous administrative positions at three private institutions of higher education, including Associate Academic Dean, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, and Interim President, in California and Massachusetts. His areas of interest include organizational change, higher education finance, and governance. He has run consulting businesses in business process transformation for higher education and health care, and for entrepreneurial business development. Most recently he served as adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University, teaching in the program in higher education administration and developing a leadership program for community college professionals. Christopher received his BA in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and his PhD in higher education from Claremont Graduate University.

Institutional Representative: Peter Senkbeil
Provost and Executive Vice President
Concordia University