Dear Staff and Students,
The University will be hosting the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Mock Seeking Accreditation Visit (SAV) from 13 to 16 November, 2017 in preparation for the Seeking Accreditation Visit 1 (SAV1) to be held from 11 to 13 April, 2018.
The Mock Visit Team will be meeting with various groups of people including the Chair of Council, the Council Members, Members of the Senior Management Team, Associate Deans, Heads of Schools, Heads and Directors of Sections and Campuses, Academic, Professional, and Intermediate & Junior Staff, and Students. This Mock SAV is a crucial part of the University’s preparation and readiness for the April SAV1.
The Mock Seeking Accreditation Visit Schedule has been confirmed by the Visit Team and includes individual and group meetings and three open forums (see attached). Individual and group meeting invitations are being sent to various personnel. The three open forums will be conducted on Wednesday, 15 November at the following times and venues:
I invite you to attend one of these forums to meet and converse with the Mock Visit Team.
The Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra, has indicated that this mock visit is crucial for the University’s preparation for the April SAV1 and you are encouraged to participate.
For any clarifications or requests for the Institutional Report that was submitted to the Mock Visit Team, please feel free to email on alo(at)usp.ac.fj.
Professor Richard K. Coll
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching & Student Services)
Accreditation Liaison Officer
The University of the South Pacific
Private Mail Bag, Laucala Campus
The Mock Seeking Accreditation Visit (SAV) Schedule has been confirmed by the Visit Team and includes individual and group meetings and three open forums. To view the Mock SAV schedule, please click here.
The preparation for WSCUC accreditation and the write up of the Institutional Report was overseen by the USP WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO), the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching & Student Services), Professor Richard K. Coll.
After the submission of the Eligibility Application in June, 2016, a series of workshops and roadshows was undertaken to promote awareness of the forthcoming accreditation process, especially with leaders of academic and non-academic sections at the Laucala Campus. The next step was the establishment of the WSCUC Working Groups for each standard of accreditation. These Working Groups comprised members from different sections and campuses of the University depending on the focus of each standard. The Working Groups were key to ensuring engagement with a broad representation of the University staff. The ALO and WSCUC Accreditation Project Coordinator (APC), Ms. Sujlesh Sharma, conducted roadshows at all USP regional campuses, except for two of the smaller ones, Niue and Tokelau. The roadshows were conducted with the notion of recognising the equivalency of teaching, learning, student support services and facilities across all USP campuses. During the roadshows, the ALO and APC fully acquainted staff, students, members of the Regional Campus Advisory Committees and other stakeholders with an overview of WSCUC accreditation, and the reasons the University was seeking WSCUC accreditation. The roadshows provided further opportunity for regional campuses to identify issues that needed to be addressed in order for the University to be prepared for seeking accreditation. The roadshow consultations also sought to ensure that the Institutional Report accurately reflected the status of the regional campuses.
Simultaneously, the ALO and the APC conducted regular meetings with each Working Group. At the outset, the Working Groups carried out a preliminary gap analysis using the Review under the WSCUC Standards and Compliance with Federal Requirements Worksheet. This high-level gap analysis facilitated an understanding of USPs status, its strengths, issues and areas needing further development in relation to each Standard and CFR. In conjunction with this, the Working Groups thoroughly engaged with each CFR and reached a common understanding of the CFR, identified potential supporting evidence, agreed on the current status of the University with respect to each CFR, and identified action needed to address issues and areas needing further development under each CFR.
The WSCUC Vice-President, Dr. Maureen Maloney, visited the University from 11 to 14 October, 2016, and Professor Keith Roberts, a Fulbright Specialist, visited the University from 21 March to 29 April, 2017. Reports from the Working Groups, visits to regional campuses, and the visits from Dr. Maloney and Professor Roberts were used to inform the WSCUC Steering Committee (University Senior Management Team, SMT) of the University’s readiness for seeking accreditation, and provide an action plan to address any issues identified, as well as inform the preparation of the Institutional Report. Progress was also regularly reported to the WSCUC Steering Committee, USP Committees such as Teaching Quality Committee (TQC), the University Senate and Council, which ensured that a wide USP community was kept informed of the developments. These bodies and committees were also used as vehicles to expedite the addressing of identified issues and challenges.
All the above processes informed the preparation and write-up of the Institutional Report, which is available upon request by emailing on alo(at)usp.ac.fj.