Brief History of WSU’s Core Themes Model

The North West Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has revised its standards for accreditation, the first phase to be completed and submitted to the Commission in September, 2011.

The University Planning Council was introduced to the new standards in their May, 2010 meeting and took up the topic in depth beginning in their September meeting. Between September and June, the Planning Council met eight times to consider and refine the core themes model as we thought through the new standards and how Weber State would respond. During this same time period several members of the administration received training as accreditation evaluators, we reviewed Year 1 reports from institutions who submitted their models early as pilots, and we met with the University of Utah to see how they are approaching it (all Utah institutions are going through this process). The Year One Report was filed with NWCCU September 15, 2011 and includes this description of the process:

A. Process for Revision of Mission Statement and Development of Core Themes

Over the course of the 2009-2011 school years, the WSU University Planning Council worked with input from trustees, faculty, staff, students and community to refine the WSU Mission Statement and to develop Core Themes. During the spring of 2011, the proposed changes were discussed in meetings to which all members of the university community were invited. The changes were further reviewed by the Faculty Senate, Classified Staff Advisory Committee, Professional Staff Advisory Committee and the WSU Board of Trustees, which adopted the new Mission Statement in January of 2011 and Core Themes in June of 2011. The final mission statement was approved by the State Board of Regents in May, 2011.

The structure of this site and the contents in it are the result of this work. We now have a model with three core themes, ten core theme objectives, and 18 indicators of achievement that we have told NWCCU we will measure and be held accountable for.

This website is organized around and uses the words and concepts of the core theme model.