Assessment at Claremont McKenna College
In order to obtain accreditation or remain accredited, CMC is required to demonstrate that it fulfills the two Core Commitments of the Accrediting Commission:
- Commitment to Institutional Capacity: CMC function with clear purposes, high levels of institutional integrity, fiscal stability, and organization structures to fulfill its purposes.
- Commitment to Educational Effectiveness: CMC evidences clear and appropriate education objectives and design at the institutional and program level, and employs processes of review, including the collection and use of data, that assure delivery of programs and learner accomplishments at a level of performance appropriate for the degree or certificate awarded.
Demonstration of these Core Commitments occurs through a staged and sequential accreditation review process that results in an Institutional Presentation comprised of a Proposal, a Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR), and an Educational Effectiveness Review (EER). This three-staged cycle applies to all institutions, regardless of where they are in the accreditation process.
In its action letter on July 3, 2012, the Commission requested an Interim Report, focused on two topics: 1) refining and sustaining assessment; and, 2) completing plans to ensure the accuracy of reported data. WASC received the Interim Report in February 2015 and recommended continuing with the Mid-Cycle Review in spring 2017. The Mid-Cycle Review is a new requirement beginning in 2014. The purpose of the Mid-Cycle Review is to "identify problems with an institution's or program's continued compliance with agency standards" while "tak[ing] into account institutional or program strengths and stability" (U.S. Department of Education, §602.19(b)). The Mid-Cycle Review focuses particularly on student achievement, drawing on evidence from an update of the institution’s Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators (IEEI) and retention and graduation data.
WASC requested that progress on the two topics addressed in the February 2015 Interim Report letter be included in the institutional report for the Offsite Review (OSR) in fall 2021 and Accreditation Visit in spring 2022.