When a WSCUC teams visits and reports to the university, they always offer both commendations and recommendations. The Visiting Team for our Capacity Report (CPR) and Visit just left an hour ago, so we have their commendations and recommendations. I will summarize them briefly, not in detail. We need to wait for their official written report before we become more exact.
First let me say thank you again to the entire FPU community. It was your willingness to be involved, to discuss openly what we do as an institution of higher learning, and as a Christian institution, your welcoming hospitality to the team that made such an impact. And I want to thank also the Continuous Improvement Committee, and the CIC Steering Committee for their careful guidance of the process. So here we go.
The team chair, Dr. Doug McConnell, Provost of Fuller Seminary, opened by complementing us on preparation, on the quality and detail of our report, and on our open and honest interactions. He then offered eight commendations, some of which are for picking up and discussing how we have achieved and measure new WSCUC outcomes like writing and critical thinking, and our discussion of the meaning and rigor of degrees. We involved faculty and administration in three Inquiry Circles dedicated to this effort. They praised our unique role in serving diverse and first-generation populations, our innovate work in the Regional Centers, and noted that this is part of our prophetic mission. The commended our revised assessment work, our ability to gather learning outcomes information centrally for the whole university, and they highlighted the co-curricular efforts on assessment and the Office of Spiritual Formation’s work with learning outcomes. Eight commendations! I have rarely seen this.
They offered five recommendations. Very, very importantly they were items that we had noted ourselves about what we needed to work on. They noted we need to work on annul budget process and long range budgeting, to complete the strategic plan now in its final stages, and work toward greater transparency and communication. They encouraged us to work on organizational clarity and to strategically prioritize our work. Amen. They told us to work on what we know we need to work on, and to bring us all together around strategic efforts. These are important foundational efforts. We can live with five recommendations…
We will receive the Team’s report in a few weeks, and if we have misunderstood anything, we will correct our efforts. For now we are moving ahead towards our Educational Effectiveness work and Report (EER). But some of us will be enjoying a little rest this weekend. Thanks again to the whole campus for being the kind of university we are, dedicated to our mission, to teaching, to scholarship and serving our community and churches. Steve Varvis
“Faithfulness, Wisdom, Service”