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University Publications and Documents

2020 Wichita State University Accreditation 4 Year Review

This collection includes the 2020-2021 University's Accreditation Report to HLC and supportive evidence.

2016 Wichita State University Accreditation 

The first online Assurance Argument, supportive evidence, and federal compliance files. 

2007, pt.1 -- Thriving in a complex world: Higher Learning Commission self-study report 

2007, pt.2 -- Request for institutional change: distance delivery of selected degree program. 

In 2007, Wichita State University requested a change in its status with the Higher Learning Commission to offer five degrees through distance delivery. 

1997 -- Self-Study Report for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education 

The Report is organized around the five review criteria. Introduction includes a brief History/Profile of Wichita State University and the university's responses to the concerns raised in the last (1987) NCA review.

1987, pt.1 -- A dynamic response to economic and demographic trends in an urban environment: Self-study ; pt.2 -- Basic institutional data and report appendices 

"The new mission of WSU should focus its efforts on meeting the needs of the metropolitan area, with special attention devoted to the high percentage of non-traditional and minority students.

1981, pt.1 -- Doctoral program development in focus: a self-study for a North Central Association focus visit, v.1 ; 1981, pt.2 -- Basic institutional data for a North Central Association focus visit 

The report is focused on the development of doctoral programs. It provides basic data on the programs and address concerns expressed by the North Central Association accrediting team as a result of its visit to Wichita State.

1976, pt.1-- Wichita State University: A university in transition ; 1976, pt.2 -- A university in transition: Basic institutional data and appendices 

"An overview and assessment of the University and its fundamental processes are presented. Wichita State's development as a comprehensive university with an urban mission is highlighted. Special focus is directed to the University's mission and goals, educational programs, graduate and doctoral programs, students, faculty, and resources. Both accomplishments and areas of ongoing concern are identified.

1973 -- Phase III Accreditation Progress Report 

The progress report provides general information concerning Wichita State University and its development since 1969 and individual chapters on the development of each of the three doctoral programs: Aeronautical Engineering,  Chemistry, and Logopedics.

1970, pt.1-- Basic institutional data, v.11970, pt.2 -- Basic institutional data, v.2 

Pt 1 provides data on the following processes and units: Purposes -- Control and administration -- Students --Student life -- Performance of graduates -- Faculty -- Instructional program -- Library -- Physical plant -- Financial resources. Pt. 2 is focused on Non-academic characteristics of Wichita State University Freshmen, 1965 - 1968 -- [examples of events] -- WSU Handbook for Freshmen 1969-1970 -- [examples of student services].

1969 -- Self-Study Report 

The institutional self-study undertaken in 1969 is the result of a decision by Wichita State University to seek preliminary accreditation from the North Central Association in order to initiate programs at the doctoral level in cooperation with the University of Kansas. These programs include the areas of aeronautical engineering, chemistry , and history. The University also wishes to obtain preliminary accreditation with a view toward reopening in the near future its own doctoral program in logopedics and to obtain full accreditation for its Specialist in Educational Administration program.

1966, pt.1-- Basic institutional data1966, pt.2 -- Institutional profile 



1959 -- The University of Wichita self-survey report 


Wichita State University Course Catalog Online

General Course Catalog, 1964 -1985

Historical WSU Course Catalogs, 1964-1985

Graduate Catalog, 1985 --2022/23

Graduate WSU Course Catalogs, 1985-current

Undergraduate Catalog, 1985 --2022/23

Undergraduate WSU Course Catalogs, 1985-current

University of Wichita Course Catalog Online


Commencement Programs

SOAR collection of commencement programs includes the full set of historical and current programs. Collaboration of SOAR / Digitization team with Special Collections and University Archives.

Wichita State University Commencement Programs, 1965 - current year

Collection includes digitized and digital copies of Wichita State University Commencements for 1965-2022.

University of Wichita Commencement Programs, 1927- 1964

Includes digitized copies of the Municipal University of Wichita commencements for 1927-1964.

Fairmount College Commencement Programs, 1899-1926

Collection includes digitized archival copies of Fairmount College Commencements for 1899-1906, 1909, 1915-1917,1919-1926.

Richard (Rick) D. Muma

Dr. Rick Muma, the 15th President of Wichita State University, May 6, 2021

Jay S. Golden 

Dr. Jay Golden, the 14th President of Wichita State University, October 31, 2019 - September 25, 2020

John W. Bardo

Dr. John W. Bardo, the transformational 13th President of Wichita State University, April 2012 - March 2019


Forward Together Podcast

Monthly podcast, hosted by President Muma, 2021-

Stagestruck Audio Theatre 

The Wichita State University Stagestruck Audio Theatre six radio shows, directed by Dr. Bret Jones,  2012-2013. 

Health Care Ethics: an interview to National Public Radio

Radio interview on the topic of health care ethics with Dr. Charles Fox, Associate Dean of the College of Health Professions, Wichita State University and Carolyn Harrison, Kansas Health Ethics Inc., 2007.



Currently active:

Faculty Senate Archive

Wichita State University Faculty Senate archives, 1987-current

University Staff Senate

Archiving copies of Staff Senate meeting minutes, rosters, documents and reports (2021-)

Historical records:

Unclassified Professional Senate Archives

Wichita State Unclassified Professional Senate archives (meeting minutes 1991-2021)

University Support Staff Senate Archive

Wichita State University Support Staff Senate Archive (1996-2021). Name change from Classified Senate in 2014. Merged with Unclassified Professional Senate in 2021.

University Senate Archive

Archives of the University Senate, 1964-1987.

The Sunflower: Wichita State Student Newspaper Archives

The digitized 1926-1977 volumes of the oldest WSU student newspaper that has been published from 1896.

Parnassus Online 

a student yearbook published 1902-1986 and ceased in 1994.

Available in flip book format (view) and e-book format (download)


Gazebo: a poetry journal

a poetry journal published in 1975-1976

The Green Gazette

a freshman magazine of the University of Wichita, published 1928-1931


The four issues of Tom-Tom, a magazine published by the University of Wichita Creative Writing Club in mid-30s of XX century

Tương lai: VSA Magazine Online

Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) magazine, founded in 1981; current issue - 2017.

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