Accreditation Metrics Dashboard

The Evergreen State College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Accreditation is based on the college’s compliance with the five accreditation standards published by NWCCU in 2010:

  • Standard One: Mission, Core Themes, and Expectations
  • Standard Two: Resources and Capacity
  • Standard Three: Planning and Implementation
  • Standard Four: Effectiveness and Improvement
  • Standard Five: Mission Fulfillment, Adaptation, and Sustainability

Accreditation is not granted indefinitely, but rather it is an ongoing cycle of institutional self-study and peer evaluation to reaffirm accreditation status. The accreditation cycle is a seven-year, progressive process moving through NWCCU’s Standards. Evergreen’s current accreditation cycle began in 2011 with the Year One report which established Core Themes and Objectives, and the cycle will conclude with an assessment of Mission Fulfillment in 2018. In Year Three, Evergreen refined the Year One report and added an assessment of Resources and Capacity. The following excerpt from the Year Three report elaborates the relationship of the Core Themes to Mission Fulfillment, and the Accreditation Metrics Dashboard provides a means of assessing ongoing performance during the cycle.

Excerpted from the Evergreen State College Accreditation Year Three Self-Evaluation Report (submitted to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities September 1, 2013):

Evergreen’s unique approach to the liberal arts is articulated in the Five Foci describing an undergraduate education and the Six Expectations of an Evergreen Graduate (which articulates the general education expectations for Evergreen students). These values continue to shape teaching, learning and college operations. The core principles expressed in the foci—interdisciplinary studies, collaborative learning, learning across significant differences, student engagement and linking theory with practice—are widely known and shared across the institution.

Together with the Six Expectations, and building on campus-wide input from the college’s 2007 Strategic Plan Update, these principles guided an updated articulation of the Evergreen mission in early 2011 and the development of the core themes, objectives and indicators [detailed below]. Emanating from the mission, the core themes reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the college itself, highlighting and reinforcing interdependence across fields of study, administrative divisions and strategic priorities. Together, these tools—mission statement, core themes, objectives, indicators—provide a clearer articulation of the linkage between aspiration and accomplishment.

The Accreditation Metrics Dashboard presents ongoing performance for the metrics associated with each Objective within each Core Theme of Evergreen’s current Accreditation Self-study.

The college recognized that improvement is both desirable and achievable for six of the objectives. For the other seven objectives, the indicators showed evidence of a high level of mission-related achievement, and the college remains committed to supporting these distinctive aspects of the mission despite significant environmental and budgetary challenges.

Improvement or maintenance of effort in each objective will be understood to be a collective assessment; that is, the college does not expect improvement in every indicator every year, but rather seeks improvement in aggregate in the objective over the period of the assessment.

Core Theme One:

Integrated Interdisciplinary Learning 
Integrative, interdisciplinary learning                          Improve
Multiple modes of thinkingMaintain
Breadth and depth of learningImprove

Core Theme Two:

The Individual Engaged in Community 
Participate collaboratively and responsibly in our      
diverse society
Maintain
Communicate creatively and effectivelyMaintain
Articulate and assume responsibility for one’s workImprove
Linking theory and practiceImprove

Core Theme Three:

Environmental Stewardship and Social Justice 
Environmentally sustainable institutional operationsImprove
Environmental and social justice curriculumMaintain
Foster awareness of sustainability and social justice
beyond the curriculum
Maintain

Core Theme Four:

Diversity and Equity 
Learning across significant differences                     Maintain
Supportive communityImprove
Student access and successMaintain

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