AALHE Conference Includes MSCHE’s Stephen J. Pugliese on Accreditor Panel

It may have been the Tenth Annual Assessment Conference hosted by the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) but it was the first held in an entirely virtual environment. Joining the proceedings on June 16, 2020, from afar on the Conversations with Accreditors panel was Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s Dr. Stephen J. Pugliese.

Dr. Stephen Pugliese, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff

Dr. Stephen Pugliese Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff

As MSCHE’s Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff and a former Vice President staff liaison, Dr. Pugliese spoke on numerous accreditation related topics, including how accreditors are partners with and advocates for their institutions, how they encourage institutions to support innovation in providing students with education and career success, and how they promote the need for accountability and transparency at all levels.

Other panel topics he spoke to included the impact of the new federal regulations effective July 1, 2020, and how student achievement should be looked at through the lens of an institution’s mission and goals with the context of educational effectiveness, student progress, completion and overall success.

The panel was moderated by AALHE President Dr. Jane Marie Souza, who also serves as Associate Provost at the University of Rochester, and AALHE Board Member and Director of Undergraduate Assessment at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Steven Hawks. Dr. Pugliese was joined on the panel by Dr. Linnea A. Stenson, Vice President for Accreditation Relations at the Higher Learning Commission, and Dr. Michael S. Johnson, retired Senior Vice President at the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges.