Pre-Conference Workshop Descriptions

2018 MSCHE Annual Conference

Attend one of four half- or two full-day pre-conference workshop. Each workshop has a maximum attendance, so early registration is encouraged. Registration for pre-conference workshops will NOT be available on-site. All workshops are separately ticketed activities. Pre-conference workshop participants must register for the full conference in addition to the pre-conference workshop.

Full-Day Workshops (includes lunch and refreshment breaks)
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

W-1: Elevating Your Assessment Game: Strategies to Sustain and Improve Assessment of Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness
Virginia – Lobby Level

Jodi Levine Laufgraben, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Assessment, and Institutional Research, Temple University

Jodi Levine Laufgraben,

There are many similarities between sports and assessment. We are always looking for new players to deepen the campus commitment to assessment; we need to support and coach faculty to be engaged in assessment of student learning; and we need a playbook to advance both our assessment of student learning as well as our assessment of administrative and operational areas. Elevating your assessment game requires constant training, adding new approaches, and bringing new players on board. In this full day workshop, participants will tackle many of the assessment challenges campuses face today, including how to sustain a focus on assessment, use technology efficiently and effectively, and balance assessment of student learning with assessment of institutional effectiveness. The workshop will be divided into four, 75-90 minute quarters with each quarter devoted to a mix of information, hands-on activities, and discussion of each topic.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • Identify strategies for use on campus to reinvigorate campus commitment to assessment;
  • Generate ways of engaging more faculty in assessment planning, training, and reporting;
  • Discuss uses of technology to enhance assessment reporting;
  • Outline ways to sustain and improve the assessment of student learning as well as the assessment of administrative and operational areas (institutional effectiveness).

Audience: Intermediate
Presenter: Jodi Levine Laufgraben, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Assessment, and Institutional Research, Temple University
Fee: $245

W-2: Engage—Review—Respond: The Role and Responsibilities of the Accreditation Liaison Officer
Delaware – Lobby Level

Ms. Carmella Morrison, Director for Substantive Change, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Ms. Carmella Morrison, Director for Substantive Change, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Allen Richman, Senior Director for Research, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Allen Richman, Senior Director for Research, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Stephen Pugliese, Vice President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Stephen Pugliese, Vice President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Christy Faison, Managing Vice President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Christy Faison, Managing Vice President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Ms. Diana Bonner, Executive Assistant to the Vice Presidents, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Ms. Diana Bonner, Executive Assistant to the Vice Presidents, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) is an important role for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and its member institutions. The ALO serves as the primary contact with the Commission Staff as a resource for the institution on MSCHE accreditation processes and issues. This workshop is for new and experienced ALOs who are interested in learning more about the leadership and communication responsibilities within the context of the institution. In summer 2018, the Commission surveyed ALOs on training topics or information that would better support this group. Based upon the results of the survey this workshop will focus on: the Role of the ALO, and accreditation processes–substantive Change, Annual Institutional Update, and the accreditation cycle (Self-Study and Mid-Point Peer Review). Presentations from members of the Commission Staff will introduce ALOs to their role and assist ALOs with understanding updates to policies, guidelines, and procedure used by the Commission and the Commission’s expectations for member institutions.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of the ALO;
  • Explain Commission expectations of the ALO;
  • Review updates to the Commission’s accreditation process.

Audience: Current and or aspiring ALOs
Presenters: Diana Bonner, Executive Assistant to the Vice Presidents; Christy Faison, Managing Vice President; Carmella Morrison, Director for Substantive Change; W. Allen Richman, Senior Director for Research; and Stephen J. Pugliese, Vice President, all from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Panelists: Raelynn Cooter, Vice Provost for Academic Infrastructure and Effectiveness, Thomas Jefferson University; Beth Donohue, Director for Accreditation, New York Chiropractic College; Kristi Eck, Chief of Staff, SUNY College at Oswego; Roberta Harvey, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rowan University; Lisa Hunter, Associate Provost, Curriculum, Assessment, and Academic Support, SUNY College at Fredonia; Jennifer Palmgren, Assistant Provost, The College of New Jersey; Timothy Stevens, Special Assistant to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Faculty Services, Yeshiva University; and Anne Wahl, Assistant Provost for Assessment and Accreditation, Rochester Institute of Technology
Fee: $245


Half-Day Workshops (includes refreshment break; lunch NOT included)
8:30 am – 11:45 am

W-3: Self-Study: Writing the Report, Preparing for the Visit
Washington 4 – Exhibition Level

Dr. Robert Schneider, Senior Vice President for Accreditation Relations, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Robert Schneider, Senior Vice President for Accreditation Relations,, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Heather Barry, Professor of History and Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning and Institutional Assessment, St. Joseph’s College

Heather Barry, Professor of History and Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning and Institutional Assessment, St. Joseph’s College

This workshop on the MSCHE Self-Study Process is intended for those institutions with team visits from this spring through spring 2020. Institutional Self-Study leaders will join Commission Staff in providing guidance about the later phases of Self-Study. Institutions in the 2019-2020 cohort attended the Self-Study Institute in 2017 and are using the new Self-Study Process to produce their Self-Study Reports: What are effective approaches to editing work group reports into an effective Self-Study Report and having that report reviewed by the campus community? Institutions in the 2018-2019 cohort will have their team visits soon: What more can be done now to ensure that the visit is an effective part of the evaluation process and a positive experience for all involved? What happens after the team leaves?

Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the transition from research to writing the Self-Study Report;
  • Learn how to edit multiple work group reports into a single, cohesive document;
  • Understand how to plan and manage an effective campus visit by the evaluation team.

Audience: Those whose institutions will have a Self-Study Evaluation Visit in spring 2019 through spring 2020
Presenters: Heather Barry, Professor of History and Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning and Institutional Assessment, St. Joseph’s College; and  Robert A. Schneider, Senior Vice President for Accreditation Relations, Middle States Commission on Higher Education; and institutional representatives
Fee: $135

8:30 am – 11:45 am or 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm

This half-day morning pre-conference workshop will be repeated in the afternoon.
The afternoon workshop is not a continuation of the morning workshop.

W-4 AM or W-5 PM: Data is Not a Four-Letter Word
Washington 5-6 – Exhibition Level

Dr. Allen Richman, Senior Director for Research, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Allen Richman, Senior Director for Research, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Mr. Douglas MacDonald, Senior Analytics Specialist, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Mr. Douglas MacDonald, Senior Analytics Specialist, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Accreditation is not a destination, but a journey of continuous improvement and monitoring of institutional effectiveness. Monitoring requires data, collected over time, to determine whether things are improving or declining. For most institutions, this has resulted in an explosion of data, which can lead to near paralysis. Rather than trying to examine all the data, institutions must succinctly align data with mission and initiatives. Determining what data to examine, and how to visualize it can be the most difficult step in appropriately leveraging data; however, you don’t need to be a data scientist to determine what data is important for the mission of your institution.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • Determine metrics that best reflect your institution’s mission;
  • Define lead and lag metrics;
  • Create a basic dashboard using free software and publicly available data;
  • Discuss how to make this a reality at your institution.

Audience: This workshop is specifically for individuals who read “data” in the title and skip the rest of the workshop description. While many may find the workshop useful, the workshop is designed for leadership who want to know “how are we doing.” The historical response to this question, “Things are going great.” is no longer acceptable. We must define “great” using data, established benchmarks, and realistic expectations.
Technical Requirements: This workshop strongly suggests each participant bring a laptop computer already running Power Bi Desktop. LAPTOP COMPUTERS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED.
Presenters: Douglas MacDonald, Senior Analytics Specialist; W. Allen Richman, Senior Director for Research, all from Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Fee: $135 each

12:45 pm – 4:00 pm

W-6: Got Disruption? Why Integrated Planning is the Key to Institutional Thriving
Washington 4 – Exhibition Level

Nicholas R. Santilli, Lead Facilitator—Planning Institute, Society for College and University Planning

Nicholas R. Santilli, Lead Facilitator—Planning Institute, Society for College and University Planning

Michael D. Moss, President, Society for College and University Planning

Michael D. Moss, President, Society for College and University Planning

Dr. Andrea Lex, Senior Vice President for Operations, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Andrea Lex, Senior Vice President for Operations, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Integrated planning is something all institutions need, but few institutions understand or practice. This session will frame the connection of integrated planning to MSCHE Standard VI: Planning, Resources and Institutional Improvement. We will discuss how integrated planning can serve as catalyst for acculturating a change conversation on campus. By utilizing an integrated planning maturity model and an emergent framework, a clear value proposition for the practice of integrated planning will emerge. After this session, you will be able to apply, tailor, and communicate a robust integrated planning model for your institution.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • Define the concept of integrated planning and examine implementation strategies so it becomes a customary institutional practice managed creatively over time rather than an episodic activity managed during the pressure to produce a plan;
  • Engage participants in planning exercises focused on promoting the practice of integrated planning that can work in every institution, regardless of culture, structure, or politics;
  • Assist participants in the development of two to three strategies to implement upon return to their campus.

Audience: Beginning
Presenters: Nicholas R. Santilli, Lead Facilitator—Planning Institute, Society for College and University Planning; Michael D. Moss, President, Society for College and University Planning; and Andrea A. Lex, Senior Vice President for Operations, Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Fee: $135