Introduction

Preface to Interim Visit Report and Self Study

Part A of this Interim Visit Report and Self Study reflects the efforts of Weber State University (WSU) over the past five years to respond to the two recommendations from the last Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) visit focusing on 1) assessment of general education and 2) evaluation and training of adjunct faculty. In addition, Part B, in response to the Regular Interim Visit, the report includes an abbreviated self-study including brief descriptions and analyses of WSU’s policies and programs as framed by the nine NWCCU standards, with particular attention on material changes during the past five years.

Because of the abbreviated nature of this report, many of the materials that would be included in a traditional self study are included in the Appendices. To ensure currency of the materials, links from the electronic version of the report will take the reader directly to the applicable section of the WSU website. The resource room for the visit contains a comprehensive collection of assessment materials, course syllabi, faculty vita and other basic information that was too voluminous for the report or the appendices, and was largely not available in electronic format.

Introduction

Weber State University is a comprehensive university providing associate, bachelor and master's programs focused on the needs of the Northern Utah region. WSU has more than fifty academic departments with over 230 academic programs in seven colleges providing learning opportunities for a diverse spectrum of students, with a focus on undergraduate research, and community-based and service learning. WSU’s student body of over 23,000 is drawn predominantly from Utah, but also includes students from 50 states and 35 foreign countries.

The WSU Ogden campus has 48 major buildings on 400 acres. WSU-Davis provides instruction to students on a new high-tech campus in Layton, located next to Hill Air Force Base. In addition to its Ogden and Davis campuses, WSU offers courses throughout the region and country through online instruction. Over 15% of WSU’s total enrollment is in online courses.

The past five years since the last visit by evaluators from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has been a time of robust change and growth. It has also been a time of assessment and fiscal constraint, leading to reflection and refocusing.

Part A of the Interim Report reflects WSU’s response to the two recommendations from the last NWCCU visit focusing on 1) assessment of general education and 2) evaluation and training of adjunct faculty. Part B of the Interim Report provides brief descriptions and analyses of WSU’s policies and programs with particular attention on material changes during the past five years.