October 7, 2015 Accreditation Update


Aloha BYU-Hawaii Ohana,

As a follow up to our September 17 video conference with Dr. Christopher Oberg, our WSCUC Liaison Officer, I want to update you with what our University is doing to prepare for Reaffirmation of Accreditation.

As an institution, BYU-Hawaii has been accredited since 1959. In the fall of 2016, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) will conduct an off-site review of BYU-Hawaii, followed by an on-campus visit in March 2017. The process is called Reaffirmation of Accreditation. In anticipation for the external review, BYU-Hawaii is required to conduct a self-study which then feeds into an Institutional Report (IR). This process is known as the Review under the WSCUC Standards with Federal Compliance Requirements. Under the guidance of the AAVP for Assessment and Accreditation, the Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation Committee (IEAC) began this process in March 2015.

A direct product of this effort is the outline for the Institutional Report (IR). As explained in the Revised 2013 WASC Handbook, the IR has eight essential components. In anticipation for the study, development, and writing of each component, IEAC, along with the Evaluation of Learning and Effectiveness Group (ELEG), proposed the make-up of each one of the eight writing teams. This proposal was then taken into Dean’s Council where it was presented, discussed, and then approved.  Each writing team is made up of students, faculty members, administrators, and staff members who are charged with gathering, analyzing, and reflecting on data which will help improve BYU-Hawaii while also addressing what WSCUC requires in each component.

All this information and documentation is available at this link:


Rose Ram

Associate Academic VP for Assessment & Accreditation

Accreditation Liaison Officer