The evaluation of Washington Adventist University (WAU) by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which culminated with a site visit, March 25-28, ended with a final report affirming that the University has met the standards for all of the criteria that it was evaluated against.
With the accreditation reaffirmed for another 10 years, WAU is not due another self-study evaluation from 2021 to 2022. A periodic review is due 2017.
“I feel the outcomes are reflective of a board, faculty and staff that are committed to the task of engaging minds and transforming the lives of our students,” said WAU President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. “Congratulations to the entire university community and my deep appreciation to all who contributed to such an outstanding outcome.”
The Commission commended the University on several accomplishments, including: overall improvement in its financial condition; systemizing the planning, improvement and assessment process that allows for continuous monitoring and adjustments; for making faculty development a priority through participation in conferences and membership in professional organizations; for initiating a bridge program for underprepared applicants into the institution and the creation of an honors program for highly prepared students; and for instituting cyclical program reviews and the use of common general education rubrics.
Of the 14 standards of evaluation, the first seven addressed the institutional context as follows: 1) mission and goals—the extent to which these are clearly identified and indicative of whom the institution serves; 2) planning, resource allocation, and institutional renewal; 3) institutional resources, including human, financial, technical, physical facilities, and other resources necessary to achieve an institution’s mission and goals; 4) leadership and governance; 5) administration; 6) integrity; and 7) institutional assessment. The last seven standards addressed educational effectiveness from the perspective of student admissions and retention, student support services, quality of faculty, educational offerings, general education, related educational activities and assessment of student learning.
According to its website, The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several locations internationally. The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions.
By Middle States Commission on Higher Education
About Washington Adventist University
Washington Adventist University is a private institution located in scenic Takoma Park, Md. Founded in 1904, it is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers a Christian education to nearly 1,500 students of all faiths, through eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. Its vision is to produce graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities. The 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked the University among the best regional colleges in the northern region and as one of the most diverse institutions of higher learning in the US.