Reaccreditation Self Study


Inquiry Circles

The Self-Study Team has created Inquiry Circles as a method to organize discussions and actions for its self study during the Capacity and Preparatory Review and Educational Effectiveness Review phases. Inquiry Circles superficially resemble “quality circles,” a method used in corporate settings utilizing employee participation to improve the organization’s processes, quality, and profit. Inquiry Circles retain the focus on improvement of quality and processes, employee creativity and participation, and institutional accountability. However, Inquiry Circles emphasize the University’s ability to evaluate the quality of teaching and learning.

Inquiry Circles began meeting in fall 2006 and will continue meeting through the completion of the self study and campus site visits. Composed of cross-division membership (approximately 5 faculty, 2 staff, 2 students, and 1 administrator), Inquiry Circles rely on their members’ creativity and differing perspectives to analyze our current status and recommend improvements. A member of the Self-Study Team will work as a liaison in an advisory and resource capacity for each of the four Inquiry Circles. The Self-Study Team has drafted a manual to guide the Inquiry Circles in their work. The work of the Inquiry Circles will be disseminated widely in order that the broader campus community may inform discussion, respond to drafts, and participate in actions resulting from the assessment of institutional quality.

Updated: 06/16/2011
California State University Stanislaus
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Turlock, California 95382

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