Prof. Nancy Marlin (Professor of Psychology and Provost Emerita, San Diego State University) meets with Doctor of Business Administration students at the Research Training Room in the Incubation and Innovation Center on September 18, 2018, as part of the on-campus visit of the WSCUC reaffirmation of re-accreditation process. This is our first re-accreditation since we received accreditation as an independent institution in 2008. Looking on are Associate Professor of Accounting Dr. George Achoki (second left) and Associate Professor of Strategic Management Dr. Paul Katuse (third left). PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI
By Dan Muchai
The WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission reaffirmation of reaccreditation team to USIU-Africa ended their visit on Thursday, September 20, following an exit meeting with the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, senior university officials and leaders of the university’s re-accreditation preparatory process.
The team was on campus from September 18-20, to assess the vericity of documents submitted as part of the university’s reaffirmation of accreditation process.
While here they met with all constituencies including governing bodies, adminstrative officials, faculty, staff, students and alumni in order to receive direct feedback along the lines of inquiry they had earlier indicated.
Writing to the University at the conclusion of the visit, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza expressed his graditude to all those who prepared for the visit noting that the WSCUC team had been impressed by, ”...the exceptional hospitality and the thoroughness and quality of the materials we submitted throughout the process.”
He also mentioned that the various meetings had left a very favorable impression with the WSCUC team who were “...impressed by the high levels of engagement in the various meetings, and the evident expression of pride and passion for the university’s past, present, and future by the USIU-Africa community.”
Other areas that drew the team’s commendation included the university’s financial health, effective incorporation of community service and internships in General Education, the contributions to improving higher education in the region, program assessment, and the university’s “extraordinary commitment to students.”
The team’s recommendations identified items already covered as areas of improvement submitted earlier as part of the self-study report, such as fundraising, restructuring of General Education, program assessment, recruitment of permanent faculty, and clarifying roles and responsibilities of different governance bodies in light of new legal and regulatory mandates.
The WSCUC team will share a draft report with the University in about three weeks, and subsequently submit their report to WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission in February, 2019.
The Accreditation Liaison Officer who is also Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences Prof. Angelina Kioko shall accompany the Vice Chancellor to the Commission’s meeting in March 2019, where they expect to receive an action letter - a formal document to convey the University’s accreditation status.