All-Call for WSCUC Inquiry Circle Members!

Even as we faithfully move through these troubled times, our work must go on. In June of 2021, Fresno Pacific University will be submitting its Institutional Report to our regional accreditor, WSCUC. This is a critical milestone in our reaccreditation process. We are actively seeking volunteers from faculty, staff and administration for our eight Inquiry Circles which will be researching institutional evidence concerning the various accreditation components. The circles will begin meeting in the near future to map out their work plans but can begin working virtually while we are waiting for the current situation to pass.

Serving on an Inquiry Circle is a tremendous opportunity to learn more about the fundamentals of higher education accreditation, serve the needs of the FPU community, and help influence and shape the future of our own institution. The eight circles and their respective contacts are divided into the following areas of investigation:

  1. Meaning, Quality, and Integrity of Degrees from FPU (Mrs. Danielle Jeffress, Registrar)
  2. Educational Quality at FPU: Student Learning, Core Competencies, and Standards of Performance at Graduation (Dr. Ron Herms, Dean, HRSS)
  3. Student Success at FPU: Retention, Graduation, and Student Learning (Dr. Karen Cianci, Dean, SNS)
  4. Quality Assurance and Improvement at FPU: Program Review, Assessment, and Use of Data and Evidence (Dr. Candi Alexander, Director, OIE)
  5. Sustainability, Financial Viability, and Preparing for the Changing Higher Education Environment (Dr. Robert Lippert, CFO)
  6. Diversity at FPU (Dr. Quentin Kinnison, Program Director)
  7. Decision-Making Processes at FPU (Dr. Katie Fleener, Dean, SOB)
  8. Communication Systems at FPU (Dr. Valerie Rempel, Vice President and Dean of Seminary)

If you are interested in learning more about any of these subjects and willing to serve on any of these committees, please get in touch directly with the Inquiry Circle contacts listed. Thank you in advance for your dedication to the FPU community of learners.