Middle States Commission on Higher Education


2017 MSCHE Annual Conference

December 6 - 8, 2017
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Philadelphia, PA

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Plenary Sessions

Wednesday, December 6

The 2014 Standards: Lessons Learned from the Collaborative Implementation Project (Power Point)

Presented by Margaret McMenamin, President, Union County College; Kathleen Hetherington, President, Howard Community College; Melinda Bunnell-Rhyne, Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and University Development, Capitol Technology University; and Brian Fernandes, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Dominican College

Thursday, December 7

Accountability in a Changing Environment 

Presented by Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Renewing the Accreditation Model: Implementation Updates on the Cycle and Processes

Presented by Robert K. Clark, Special Assistant to the President for Planning, Research, Institutional Effectiveness, and Grants, Cumberland County College; Ellie A. Fogarty, Vice President, MSCHE; W. Allen Richman, Senior Director for Research, MSCHE; Robert A. Schneider, Senior Vice President for Accreditation Relations, MSCHE; and Lisa Shibley, Assistant Vice President, Millersville University

Friday, December 8

Higher Education and the Trump Administration

Presented by Walter G. Bumphus, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Community Colleges


Concurrent Sessions

Thursday, December 7

You're Reaccredited, Now What? Maximizing the Process for Institutional Improvement

Presented by Joanne Cote-Bonanno, Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Assessment, Montclair State University; Christine M. Licata, Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Rochester Institute of Technology; and Cheryl Littman, Acting Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Queens College of The City University of New York


West Point's Approach for Developing Effective and Sustainable Shared Governance

US Military Academy's 10 Steps to Effective Shared Governance (Handout)

Presented by Gerald C. Kobylski, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Professor of Mathematical Sciences; and Robert McLaughlin, Associate Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, United States Military Academy at West Point


Developing a New Core: Navigating the Four-Frame Organizational Model

Presented by Holly Harner, Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs; William Weaver, Associate Professor, Integrated Science, Business, and Technology; and Danielle Brown, Director of Academic and Student Learning Assessment, La Salle University


Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience--Linking Mission, Goals, and Educational Outcomes to Resource Allocation and Planning

Presented by Michael C. Sachs, Assistant Vice President  and Dean of Students, John Jay College of Criminal Justuce of The City University of New York


Using Mission, Market, and Margin as an Outcome Lens

Presented by James D. Ball, President, Carroll Community College; Rosalie Mince, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Carroll Community College; Richard Staisloff, Chief Executive Officer, rpkGroup; and Amanda Thomas, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Loyola University Maryland


Restructuring Academic Success Services to Promote Student Success

Presented by Danielle Liataud-Watkins, Associate Provost for Academic Development; Linda Refsland, Executive Director for Academic Success Services; and Carmen Ortiz, Executive Director for Educational Opportunity Fund and Student Achievement, William Paterson University 


A Transformational Journey: One Institution's Experience Using the New Accreditation Standards

Presented by Mandana Ahsani, Associate Professor; Carol Biederstadt, Assistant Professor; Maris Lown, Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Margaret McMenamin, President, Union County College


Fast and Furious: A Model of Institutional Optimization to Phase Dyamic Environments

Presented by Soraya Madriaza, Director of International Accreditation; and Marlo Herane, Vice President for Development, Universidad Mayor


Mapping an Entire University's Undergraduate Curriculum to General Education Objectives (Power Point)


Presented by Kevin R. Guidry, Associate Director for Educational Assessment; and Kathleen Langan Pusecker, Director of the Center for Teaching and Assessment, University of Delaware


Walking Students Through the Front Door

Presented by Julie A. White, Senior Vice President, Student Engagement and Learning Support; and Jeanine Eckenrode, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, Onondaga Community College


"Trust the Process"--How to Avoid Shelving Your Strategic Plan

Presented by Maliha Zaman, Assistant Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness; and Jeff Ginerich, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Cabrini University


Many Birds with One Stone: Developing a Multipurpose Student Evaluation System (Power Point)

Academic Evaluation Report, US Army War College (PDF)

Course Evaluation Form (PDF)

Presented by David Dworak, Deputy Provost; and Craig Bullis, Professor of Management, U.S. Army War College


Developing and Implementing a General Education Assessment Plan

Presented by Lindsey Guinn, Director of Assessment and Institutional Research; and Linda Troost, Professor of English, Washington & Jefferson College


Collecting Meaningful Assessment Data Across the Standards

Presented by Jane Marie Souza, Associate Provost for Academic Administration, University of Rochester


From Planning to Action: Implementing an Administrative Assessment Process

Presented by Cheryl Littman, Acting Dean of Institutional Effectiveness; and Lisandra Friedland, Research and Assessment Coordinator, Queens College of The City University of New York


College Engagement, MSCHE, and Guided Pathways--Perfect Together

Presented by Jacqueline Kineavy, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; Dawn Norman, Co-Chair of the Guided Pathways initiative and Coordinator of Guided Pathways Advisement; and Nancy Silvestro, Co-Leader of the Achieving the Dream and Guided Pathways initatives, and Professor of English Language Studies, Passaic County Community College


Using 'Mission' and 'Periodic Assessment' to Move Toward Continuous Improvement

Presented by Sue Gerber, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, New Jersey City University; Virginia Melendez, Executive Assistant to the President, New Jersey City University; and Demond Hargrove, Vice President of Student Development, Union County College


Can We Execute Our Strategic Plan Successfully? Getting to Yes!

Presented by James Downey, Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary


Collecting Data to Build Faculty Support for Improving General Education

Presented by J. Bret Bennington, Professor of Geology and Chair of the Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability; Frank Gaughan, Associate Professor and Former Chair of the Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric; Terri Shapiro, Associate Provost for Accreditation and Outcomes Assessment; and S. Stavros Valenti, Professor of Psychology and Senior Associate Dean of Student Academic Affairs, Hofstra University


A Roadmap to Integrate and Assess Mission

Presented by Kathryn Doherty, Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies, Goucher College


Assessment: Enhancing Academic Quality and Student Experience

Presented by Cheryle Levitt, Professor and Program Director, Nursing Graduate Program; and Susan Deane, Professor and Program Director, RN-BSN Program, State University of New York, College of Technology at Delhi


Integrative Success Student Models: Early Warning, Mentoring, and Academic Development

Presented by Jonas Prida, Assistant Provost; and Molly McClelland, Director of Student Success, Point Park University


Navigating to the Common Center: The Strategic Planning Process for Small and Mid-Size Institutions

Presented by Alex Bitterman, Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture and Design; and Gregory Sammons, Vice President for Student Affairs, Alfred State College 


Making Meaningful Programmatic Decisions with Clinical Assessment Data

Presented by Karen A. Bobak, Dean of Chiropractic; and Wendy L. Maneri, Associate Dean of Chiropractic Clinical Education, New York Chiropractic College


Using Cloud Computing Resources for Assessment and Accreditation

Presented by Christopher Vickery, Director of General Education and Assessment; and Eva Fernandez, Acting Assistant Provost, Queens College of The City University of New York


Developing Academic Leaders for Effective Governance, Leadership, and Administration (Power Point)

Developing Academic Leaders Survey Results (Excel)

Developing Academic Leaders - Questions (PDF)

Presented by Michelle Kiec, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania; Thomas Meyer, Vice President of Academic Services and Student Development, Lehigh-Carbon Community College; and Peter Skoner, Associate Provost, Saint Francis University


Reframing the Distance Education Review 

Presented by Elizabeth Ciabocchi, Vice Provost for Digital Learning/Executive Director of Online Learning and Services, St. John's University; Cristi Ford, Associate Provost, Center for Innovation in Learning and Student Success, University of Maryland University College; and Rhonda Spells Fentry, Interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Prince George's Community College


Implementing Guided Pathways: The Experience of Three Community Colleges

Presented by Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, Montgomery County Community College; Carolyn Bortz, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Northampton Community College; and Samuel Hirsch, Vice President for Academic and Student Success, Community College of Philadelphia


Reexamining Evidence to Comply with New Standard VI-Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement

Presented by Virginia Bender, Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Planning, Saint Peter's University; and Chuck Mann, Vice President and Treasurer, Hood College


How to Successfully Navigate the Substantive Change Process

Presented by Carmella Morrison, Assistant Director for Substantive Change; and Kushnood Haq, Vice President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education 


A Guide to Accreditation Preparation and Institutional Improvement (Power Point)

Accreditation Preparation Templates

Presented by Joanne Cote-Bonanno, Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Assessment; Christine Lemesianou, Associate Director and Associate Professor, School of Communication and Media; and Joan Besing, Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Montclair State University


Follow-up Reports: What, Why, and How?

Presented by Christy L. Faison and Stephen J. Pugliese, Vice Presidents, Middle States Commission on Higher Education


An Integrated Approach to Academic Program Development and Evolution

Presented by Christina M. Sax, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; and Chad Egresi, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, Maryland University of Integrative Health


Coupling a Retention-Driven Predictive Analytics Initiative with MSCHE Standards

Presented by Jack Mahoney, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic and Resource Planning; and Steven Doellefield, Director of Assessment, SUNY University at Albany