Whereas one of the Accrediting Commission's Eligibility Requirements (ERS) for institutions seeking accredited status states that "The institution has a substantial core of qualified faculty with full-time responsibility to the institution and [this core be] sufficient in size and experience to support all of the institution's educational programs," and
Whereas the Accrediting Commission's Standards of Good Practice, as well as Title 5 Regulations, recognize that full-time faculty play "the central role.in developing, implementing and evaluating the [institution's] educational programs" (Standard 4, D1 of the current Accreditation Standards), and
Whereas the Western Governors University has not expressed any intention to maintain a core of full-time faculty,
Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to maintain the current accreditation standards, including its requirement that all institutions must have a core of qualified full-time faculty in order to be considered for accredited status or, for institutions already accredited, to continue to maintain accredited status, and
Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Accrediting Commission to apply the above principle to institutions such as the Western Governors University, which, because they are designed to use distance education modes of delivery, seek accredited status through interregional accrediting agreements to which the Accrediting Commission is a party.
A presentation was made to the ACCJC at their June 1998 meeting. IRAC has now advanced WGU to candidacy for accreditation.