Year One Report
The new seven-year cycle of regional accreditation with the NWCCU requires the submission of a Year One report, due September 15. The goal of the Year One report is to address Standard One – Mission and Core Themes. We are also providing a brief update on our progress in addressing the recommendations we received from our peer evaluators in February 2017. We are tasked with submitting an additional more comprehensive ad-hoc report further addressing the recommendations by March 1, 2018.
Year One Report (September 2017)
Core Theme Map (September 2017)
The Year One report draft is the culmination of work by the Accreditation Steering Committee, which was established at the end of the Spring 2017 semester. The committee’s charge was to facilitate the refinement of our new university core themes of Educating for Student Success, and Serving the Global Community, through the development of measurable objectives and evidence-based indicators. The ASC includes appointed representation from the Faculty and Staff Senates; the Provost Council; the Executive Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; the Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment; the Dean of Students; and other staff and faculty with special areas of interest or expertise.
The ASC undertook an iterative process in the development of objectives and indicators described in the report and on the Core Theme Map, wherein objectives were drafted, with rationales; indicators were identified, with rationales; and then the committee evaluated which indicators were most relevant and essential, as well as whether the objectives collectively manifested the Core Themes and the mission and whether the indicators were appropriately outcomes-oriented and sufficient to demonstrate mission fulfillment. The content and length of each section of the report is structured to meet the guidelines and requirements established by the NWCCU.
Pacific University submitted its Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in September 2016. A team of peer evaluators selected by NWCCU visited Pacific's Forest Grove and Hillsboro campuses the following November. On February 22, 2017, President Lesley Hallick received formal notice of the reaffirmation of the university's accreditation on the basis of the fall report and visit.
Pacific University has continuously maintained its accreditation through NWCCU since 1929.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is one of seven regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as reliable authorities on the quality of education offered by colleges and universities. Accreditation through NWCCU means that Pacific University meets the Commission's established standards of educational quality and effectiveness. Regional accreditation is also required for institutions seeking to attain eligibility for federal funds. Accreditation by NWCCU applies to the University as a whole, rather than individual programs or majors. Twenty-two graduate and professional programs at Pacific University are accredited by their respective specialized accrediting agencies.
Pacific University's Accreditation Cycle:
In 2010, NWCCU adopted a seven-year cycle of institutional evaluation, comprised of a Year-one report, a Mid=Cycle Report (formerly Year Three); and a Year Seven comprehensive self-evaluation. Pacific's schedule of accreditation reports and visits is as follows:
September 2017 - Year One Report: Standard One - Mission, Core Themes and Expectations (no visit)
Spring 2018 - Ad Hoc Report on Progress Addressing Recommendations (NWCCU site visit)
September 2019 - Mid-Cycle Report: focused on the process of outcomes assessment to ascertain the institution's readiness to provide evidence in the Year Seven Report (NWCCU site visit)