WASC frequently asks colleges to prepare an Interim Report; this was the case with Claremont McKenna College.
Interim Reports focus on specific issues of concern identified as part of the comprehensive review process, annual report submission, the complaint process, substantive change, or other interactions with the Commission. The purpose of Interim Reports is to ensure that institutions continue to meet the Core Commitments and Standards with respect to the identified areas of concern. These reports are peer-reviewed by the Interim Report Committee.
Interim Reports and supporting documents that have been requested by the Commission or WASC staff are peer-reviewed by the Interim Report Committee (IRC). The Committee meets in panels via conference call to review reports. Institutional representatives are invited to participate via conference call to answer questions or provide clarification. After the review, the IRC may:
- Receive the report with recommendations;
- Receive the report with request for an additional interim report or progress report;
- Receive the report with a recommendation that the Commission send a site visit team to follow up on specified issues; or
- Defer action pending receipt of follow-up information.
The Commission’s July 2012 Educational Effectiveness Review action letter called for the College to prepare an Interim Report focused on two topics: 1) refining and sustaining assessment; and, 2) completing plans to ensure the accuracy of reported data.
The College completed the CMC Interim Report in Fall 2014. The Interim Report Committee panel responded favorably, receiving the report with recommendations. In the IRC panel's letter they recommended continuing with the Mid-Cycle Review in spring 2017, and also to take care to include our progress on 1) refining and sustaining assessment; and, 2) completing plans to ensure the accuracy of reported data in the institutional report for the Offsite Review (OSR) in fall 2021 and Accreditation Visit in spring 2022.