CGCL V: Accreditation

Professor Robert Jackall suggests that Williams is, or should be, a “cross-generational community of learning.” The purpose of the CGCL seminar (our abbreviation of Jackall’s phrase) is to realize this vision in a small but real setting. We will read and discuss papers associated with the recent reaccreditation of Williams.

This year Williams is engaged in an intensive self study as preparation for continuation of accreditation (“continuation” is the more accurate word, though many people in higher education use the word “reaccreditation” to mean the same thing). Williams is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NEASC reviews colleges and universities every ten years for continuation of accreditation, and its next review of Williams will be in 2007-2008. As part of the process, it requires a comprehensive self study by the college in the year before its review, and it uses the self study as one of the main pieces of information in that review. Thus we are engaged in the self study this year.

Class will begin in the morning and then meet asynchronously thereafter as participants comment on the work and take issue with the comments of others. For each day, a “discussant” will be responsible for posting a short commentary to start the conversation. Discussants who are already authors on EphBlog should start a new thread each day. Discussants who are not authors should e-mail their commentary to me for posting or post it on their own blogs and provide me with a link. After the discussant has posted, everyone else is invited to chime in with either comments on the underlying material or on the discussion so far. Civility should be maintained. Rude comments will be deleted.

Those curious about the style of conversation we encourage should look at our seminars from 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Links to each discussion are provided in the date.

Wednesday, January 7: Self Study Process, including Introduction, Preface and Overview. Discussant: Lowell Jacobson ’03.

Friday, January 9: Mission and Purposes, Planning and Evaluation, Organization and Governance, and Academic Program. Discussant: Wick Sloane ’76.

Tuesday, January 13: Faculty and faculty chapters of the 2005 Diversity Initiatives (pdf). Discussant: Derek Charles Catsam ’93.

Thursday, January 15: Students, Diversity Report Data Tables (pdf) and 2008 — 2009 Common Data Set (pdf). Discussant: Parent ’12.

Tuesday, January 20: Library and Other Information Resources, Physical and Technological Resources, Financial Resources, Public Disclosure, and Integrity. Discussant: Jeff Zeeman ’96.

Thursday, January 22: Visiting Team Final Report. Discussant: PTC.

Tuesday, January 27: Response to Visiting Team and NEASC Final Letter. Discussant:Rechtal Turgidley, Jr. ’56.

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