NJAIR Digital Conference Includes MSCHE Staff on Use of Data

The New Jersey Association for Institutional Research (NJAIR) is holding its 2020 NJAIR Conference through the month of July with a series of video releases, one of which included a trio of staff from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Vice President and Chief Information Officer Dr. Allen Richman, Lead Vice President Dr. Ellie Fogarty, and Director for Research and Analytics Development Douglas MacDonald recorded a session that included an overview of MSCHE, the market of higher education, and measuring economic sustainability at higher education institutions. Following release of the video on July 8, the group held a one-hour live Q&A two days later.

The group emphasized the integration of monitoring and use of data in accreditation while providing an overview of some recently proposed methods for monitoring financial stability for higher education institutions.

“There’s a real sense of urgency these days to address global and national challenges, even as we feel stuck in time and place. These are the times when careful decision-making, grounded in an examination of mission and metrics will pay off,” said Dr. Fogarty. “These are the times in higher education when innovation will be explored and tested in new ways, when missions will expand, shift, or be re-committed to. Be assured that the Commission continues to take a holistic approach to evaluation; using trends in the data, not bright lines; and relies, as a first step in accreditation activities, on institutional analysis of data, in light of an institution’s mission, prior to peer evaluation.”