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Jan. 4, 2005
DH 05 PH069
Contact: Pamela Hammond
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -

WASC Names CSUDH President Chair of
Nationwide External Review Committee

CARSON, Calif.-President James E. Lyons, Sr. has recently been named to chair the External Review Committee charged with the responsibility of conducting a review of the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The Commission is in the process of making significant changes to transform itself into “a capacity-building organization around issues related to student and organizational learning.” It has made a commitment to the region that it would evaluate the effectiveness of the new model and has challenged itself to go through the same process of external review as the institutions in the region are required to do.

In connection with that decision, the Commission has identified President Lyons to chair its External Review Committee. The External Review Committee will also include Dr. Jane Wellman, Senior Associate, Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC; Dr. Mary Lyons, President, University of San Diego; Mr. Ted Saenger, President, Pacific Bell Telephone Company; Dr. George Kuh, Chancellors’ Professor, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University Bloomington; and Dr. K. Patricia Cross, Professor of Higher Education, emerita, University of California, Berkeley. The Committee will be staffed by Dr. Peter Ewell, Senior Associate, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), Boulder, Colorado, and Dr. Ralph Wolff, Executive Director of the Commission. This team will conduct the Capacity and Preparatory Reviews and the culminating Educational Effectiveness Review. The report of the External Review Committee will be made public to the region after appropriate consultation and interaction with the Commission itself.

The External Review is expected to evaluate and improve the functioning of WASC and to assess the impact and effectiveness of its accreditation model. In addition, it should enable the WASC Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities to improve its effectiveness and to demonstrate that WASC is accountable to its member institutions and the public.

The work of the External Review Committee under Dr. Lyons’ leadership is expected to culminate with its final report due in 2006.

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