The purpose of the Capacity and Preparatory Review, the second stage in the reaccreditation process, is to demonstrate the university's commitment to institutional capacity. The review focuses upon whether USD functions with sufficient capacity—integrity, stability, resources, structures, processes, and policies—to fulfill its educational objectives and is prepared to demonstrate educational effectiveness for the third stage.
The Capacity and Preparatory Review revolves around the four WASC standards:
- Defining institutional purposes and ensuring educational objectives;
- Achieving educational objectives through core functions;
- Developing and applying resources and organizational structures to ensure sustainability; and
- Creating an organization committed to learning and improvement.
While specific content areas are included within each of the four standards, each is intended to be an integrated topic, emphasizing holistic organizational performance.