WASC Senior College and University Commission

A Culture of Assessment

Committed to self-examination, Pomona College regularly conducts assessments of student learning—using data to understand the linkages between our practices and the achievement of stated learning outcomes. The reaccreditation process provides an opportunity for the Pomona College community to affirm its highest educational aspirations and demonstrate its commitment to ongoing improvement.

The critical work of assessing our curriculum, student learning and educational effectiveness requires strong collaborations among the Office of Institutional Research, The Teaching and Learning Center and the Curriculum Committee. These efforts are coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

WASC Senior College and University Commission

Pomona College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges—Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The College reaffirmed its accreditation in 2011 and will undergo its next review in May 2021. Central to renewing accreditation, colleges must demonstrate compliance with WSCUC and Federal Standards. The College's accreditation status can be viewed on the WSCUC website

WSCUC STANDARDS OF ACCREDITATION

Standard 1: Defining Institutional Purposes and Ensuring Educational Objectives

Standard 2: Achieving Educational Objectives through Core Functions

Standard 3: Developing and Applying Resources and Organizational Structures to Ensure Quality and Sustainability

Standard 4: Creating an Organization Committed to Quality Assurance, Institutional Learning and Improvement

WSCUC Standards of Accreditation: Full Description

2011 Review

INSTITUTIONAL THEMES

  • Enhancing writing across the curriculum
  • Evaluating and strengthening the major
  • Creating and supporting a diverse community

2011 Institutional Report (campus log-in required; format: campus\username)

2021 Review

INSTITUTIONAL THEMES

  • Equity and Inclusion on a Diverse Campus
    • Inclusive Pedagogy
    • Faculty and Staff Hiring
    • Campus Climate
  • Liberal Arts in the 21st Century
    • Liberal Arts Advising
    • Disciplinary Connections
    • Global Pomona

2021 Institutional Report (password protected)

ASSESSMENT

The Office of Academic Success and Assessment provides leadership for institutional and program-specific assessment. Their approach to assessment is built on the philosophy that assessment is grounded in authentic and meaningful student work; integrated into the work that faculty already do; and provides a vehicle for critical reflection on pedagogy.

INSTITUTIONAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Deeply committed to liberal arts education, Pomona College seeks to produce graduates who possess a depth and breadth of knowledge and the agility of mind to make connections within and across disciplines. To this end, the College has established institutional learning goals, general education learning objectives, and program specific learning objectives.

Learn More: Institutional Learning Objectives

OUTCOMES

The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) conducts studies and facilitates the use of data to support planning and decision-making, inform  teaching and learning, and promote understanding about Pomona College and its mission.

Learn More: Outcomes