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Introduction: CPR Preparation Process

The Naval Postgraduate School began preparing for the WASC accreditation review in 2006 when the School submitted its Institutional Proposal. WASC approved the proposal on December 12, 2006. (3) Since that time, NPS has made significant advances in preparing for both the Capacity and Preparatory Review and the Educational Effectiveness Review.

Established in the summer of 2006, the NPS WASC Steering Committee meets monthly to oversee the work on accreditation. (4) The committee is co-chaired by Dr. Douglas Moses, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Robert Dell, Professor and Chair of Operations Research. Representatives from each of the Schools, Research, the Faculty Council, all major administrative areas and the Student Council are included in the Steering Committee. (5)

To ensure a timely progression through the accreditation process, the Capacity and Preparatory Review Task Force took the following steps:

April 2007
A Learning Assessment Task Force (LATF) was formed by the NPS WASC Steering Committee to evaluate the status of learning assessment practices on the campus, including an initial review of best assessment practices. (6, 7)
October 2007
The LATF reported its findings and recommendations to the Steering Committee. (8)
January 2008
The NPS WASC Steering Committee appointed the Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR) Task Force, chaired by Ms. Eleanor Uhlinger, University Librarian. The Task Force consists of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and representatives from the chief administrative areas: Information Resources, Human Resources, Research, Comptroller, and Institutional Research. The Task Force has met biweekly to collect and review data, and to draft the CPR report.
January 2008
The NPS WASC Steering Committee appointed an ad hoc Educational Effectiveness (EE) Committee. The EE Committee is chaired by Dr. Douglas Moses, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and consists of faculty representatives from each graduate School, a staff specialist in faculty development, and a representative from Institutional Research. (9)
March 2008
The CPR Task Force reviewed all recommendations from the 1999 WASC Commission letter and identified all necessary actions. (10)
April 2008
A review of NPS written policies, procedures and regulations was conducted by the CPR Task Force to ensure that the documents are current and complete. At NPS, official policies are issued as Instructions from the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of the Navy (DoN) and from the campus itself. ( 11, 12, 13)
June 2008
An Academic Policies Survey was distributed to Deans and Chairs to secure complete documentation on policies and practices in the areas of faculty development, academic program review and student learning outcomes assessment. (14)
August 2008
The first draft of the CPR report was distributed to the university community. In addition to the Strategic Planning Council, every administrative and faculty committee, as well as students, staff, and individual faculty, were invited to provide comments and feedback.
September 2008
A second draft of the CPR Report was produced and circulated campus-wide for further feedback.
October 2008
The final version of the CPR Report was distributed to the Board of Advisors at their October meeting.
In addition to these steps, the WASC process was communicated through the following venues:
  • Presentations to the Faculty Council, Executive Board of the Faculty Council, Executive Council, Deans and Chairs, Student Council, Provost's Council and Strategic Planning Council
  • Articles in the campus newspaper (Update NPS) and quarterly magazine (In Review) (15,16)
  • A WASC website, located on the Intranet home page, which was developed in 2006 and updated regularly

The document that follows presents the NPS self-study as it relates to the capacity to deliver quality graduate education. The following sections detail the substantial changes that have occurred at NPS since the last accreditation visit in 1999, followed by a general overview of NPS's adherence to the four WASC standards through the Criteria for Review. The last section of the report focuses specifically on the three themes selected by NPS as they relate to capacity:

  • Theme One: Strategic planning for the next centennial
  • Theme Two: Integrating a campus-wide program of improvements
  • Theme Three: Supporting an evolving academic enterprise