2021 WSCUC Re-Affirmation


In August 2017, HMC initiated its efforts to reaffirm its accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC—formerly WASC) by indicating its interest in undergoing a Thematic Pathway for Review.  This page summarizes the reaffirmation timeline, key steps, and required elements, together with key findings and related recommendations for action stemming from the work undertaken thus far under the guidance of the WSCUC Steering Committee.

Re-affirmation Timeline and Accomplishments

The major steps in the Thematic Pathway for Review (TPR) for re-affirmation of accreditation follow.  Hyperlinks take you to brief descriptions of each stage and/or to related documents.

DateRe-Affirmation StepComplete?
July 2017HMC invited to participate in Thematic Pathway for Review (TPR)
August 2017HMC applies for consideration for TPR
November 2017HMC approved for TPR in place of traditional Institutional Review Process
August 2018WSCUC Steering Committee established
Fall 2018HMC identifies themes for TPR
December 2018HMC hosted Barbara Gross Davis, our WSCUC staff Liaison, to provide an overview of the TPR process
May 2019HMC submits TPR proposal
Summer 2019Feedback on TPR proposal received from WSCUC and shared with the campus for response and action
Fall 2019Campus completes Compliance with WSCUC Standards and Federal Requirements Worksheet and Forms
AY 2019-20Campus undertakes projects identified in TPR
Spring 2020Campus completes outline of Institutional Report
Summer 2020WSCUC grants HMC a postponement of reaffirmation
Fall 2020Campus continues work on TPR projects
Winter 2021Draft Institutional Report completed
Spring 2021Campus Review of Institutional Report Draft
August 3, 2021HMC submits Institutional Report to WSCUC
October 13–15, 2021HMC Campus Visit
November 2021WSCUC Visiting Team shares their Final Report
February 24, 2022HMC appears before the WSCUC Commission
March 2022Commission renders a decision regarding reaffirmation. 2022 Commission Action Letter
Re-affirmation Timeline and Accomplishments

In Brief: The Required Elements of the Institutional Report

The Institutional Report is based on the findings of our self-study.  Under the TPR, the Institutional Report is a 25-40 page document comprised of four Components. A brief description of each Component follows.  Full descriptions are available in the Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation Guide.  In general, each component should include a discussion of the topic within the context of HMC, analyses undertaken, a self-assessment and reflection, areas of strength or significant progress and areas of challenge, and next steps, as appropriate.  When describing plans, targets, metrics, and timelines should be included.

ComponentBrief Description of Component
Component 1: Introduction to the Institutional Report: Institutional Context; Response to Previous Commission Actions.

Succinct history of the institution, and an overview of our capacity, infrastructure and operations. Special attention to changes since the last accreditation review. Themes are also introduced, with an explanation of how they were selected. Finally, review most recent team report and action letter and respond to earlier Commission recommendations.
Component 2: Compliance with Standards: Review under the WSCUC Standards and Compliance with Federal Requirements; Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators.Report on our findings in relation to:
  1. Review under the WSCUC Standards and Compliance with Federal Requirements
  2. Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators
These worksheets allow HMC to provide adequate description and evidence of compliance that would otherwise be demonstrated through writing additional components of an institutional report. Analysis and discussion of HMC’s self-assessment and any plans emerging from these two exercises are discussed in the narrative for this component.
Component 8:Institution-Specific Theme: Healthy Excellence: Putting Success in Perspective Origin of the theme, analysis, recommendations for action, and related steps. We must address:
  • How the themes advance institutional priorities and/or adds value to the accreditation review
  • How the themes align with the Standards and CFRs
  • Our goals in pursuing these themes
Should also include relevant timelines, metrics and resources used.
Component 9 Conclusion: Reflection and Plans for Improvement Assess the impact of the self-study; reflect on what HMC has learned in the course of the self-study; and discuss what we plan to do next.
AppendicesThe appendices include the following items:
  • Completed Compliance with the WSCUC Standards and Compliance with Federal Requirements worksheet and forms
  • Completed Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators
  • Institution-selected appendices that support the report narrative
Element of the Institutional Report