Western Governors University

Spring
1998
Resolution Number: 
02.05
Contact: 
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Category: 
Accreditation
Status: 
Completed

Whereas the Western Governors University has applied for accreditation from an interregional accrediting association that includes the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, and

Whereas Western Governors University provides courses and student services from outside providers that may not themselves be subject to accreditation or may not have accredited status, and

Whereas contracted courses and services not directly subject to scrutiny by normal accrediting processes will be suspect and may very well not be acceptable for transfer to California public post-secondary institutions,


Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to refuse to be a party to any accrediting activity for the Western Governors University or any other institution that does not maintain a permanent base of full-time faculty, student services, and processes for curriculum development and review, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate seek cooperation with other segments of California higher education to form a response to the problems of the dilution or disregard of accreditation standards and the problems of accepting courses from unaccredited organizations completed at the Western Governors University, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to deny accreditation to any educational institution that offers courses from non-accredited institutions for college credit or transfer, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate direct the Executive Committee to make a presentation in opposition to the problematic aspects of the Western Governors University proposal at the June meeting of the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges.

Status Report: 

Advocated these position widely. WGU currently experiencing enrollment problems and struggling under external criticism.