Nominated By: William M Plater
Nominee Application Form: Part A
Family Names(s): Plater
Mailing Address: 6477 Oxbow Way
Country: United States
Office Telephone: 3172511340
Residence Telephone: 3172511340
Email: wplater01@gmail.com
Nationality/Citizenship: USA
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 26-07-1945
Current Position: Professor Emeritus and Consultant
Current Employer: NA
Please indicate your fluency levels in various languages (Comma Separated)
Fluent in Reading: ENGLISH
Fluent in Writing: ENGLISH
Fluent in Speaking: ENGLISH
Academic Qualifications and Training
1. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: PhD English Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1973
Nominee Application Form: Part B
  • Institutional quality assurance reviews / audits
  • Program reviews / accreditations
  • General QA consultancy
  • Setting up of new QA agency
  • Internal QA of institutions
  • Self study guidance to institutions
  • External review of institutions
  • Quality Indicators and benchmarks
  • External Review of QAAs
  • Institutional quality audits
  • Institutional accreditation
  • QA of cross border offerings
Examples of Experience: National & International Consultations / Audit / Review
1. Brief Description: Senior Advisor for International Affairs
Institution/City/Country: WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
Date: 2012-14
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
2. Brief Description: Multiple accreditation site visits in nine nations
Institution/City/Country: WSCUC
Date: 2011-14
Type of Experience:
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
3. Brief Description: Multiple workshops and presentations on transnational quality assurance in Chile, Mexico, US, Belgium
Institution/City/Country: WSCUC
Date: 2012-14
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
4. Brief Description: WSCUC Commissioner
Institution/City/Country: WSCUC
Date: 2006-11
Type of Experience:
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
Nominee Application Form: Part C
Please write a professional profile of 500 words.
Professional Summary Description: William M. Plater is Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties Emeritus at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs, Philanthropic Studies, and English. From 2012 through 2014, he was Senior Advisor for International Affairs of the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC), where he served as a Commissioner from 2005 through 2011.

As Commissioner and senior advisor, Plater led WSCUC's development of policies and procedures for international applications and oversaw the accreditation procedures for 12 international institutions. On behalf of WSCUC, he offered numerous workshops and speeches on transnational quality assurance.

Plater served as the Indiana University Dean of the School of Liberal Arts (1983-87), Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties (1987-2006), and Director of the Workshop on International Community Development (2006-2012) at IUPUI until his retirement in 2010. Before joining IUPUI, Plater was Associate Director of the School of Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned BA, MA and PhD degrees in English.

At IUPUI, Plater led the development of international programs, establishing the university as one of the exemplar urban-serving institutions in the US with strong international programming. He developed the concept of strategic partnerships, which have flourished in relationships with Moi University (Kenya) and Sun Yet Sen University (China).

From 2012 to 2013, Plater served as senior advisor for education strategies at Course Networking, a learning technologies company providing global networking services for academic purposes through social media. He was a director of the management committee of Epsilen, a learning technologies company owned in majority share by the New York Times and senior advisor for education at Epsilen from 2010 to 2011.

Plater currently serves as a member of the advisory boards for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, the IU Center on Global Health, and the Greater Indianapolis Red Cross. Past leadership roles have included the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning, The Children’s Museum, WFYI public radio and television stations, the Indiana Humanities Council, and numerous other community boards.

In 2006, American Association of State Colleges and Universities established the William M. Plater Award for Civic Engagement, the first national award of any kind to recognize provosts. Students graduating from IUPUI—from bachelors to PhDs—with outstanding civic engagement records are awarded the Plater Medallion for Civic Engagement. IUPUI also established the Plater International Scholarship Program, providing a cohort of entering undergraduates a four-year tuition scholarship, residency in International House, and a study abroad opportunity; the Scholars have a dedicated advisor and are provided international experiences throughout the year. Plater has been awarded honorary doctorates by Purdue University and the National Institute of Development Administration in Thailand.

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