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UNDER REVIEW: Federal Regulations and Changes to MSCHE Policies and Procedures (Morning)

June 11 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

MSCHE is currently evaluating this event.

On November 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) published new regulations following a formal negotiated rulemaking process that focused on accreditation and innovation in higher education. Join MSCHE staff for a discussion on the federal regulations that take effect July 1, 2020. Staff will address the impact on MSCHE policies and procedures and how these may affect accreditation processes and expectations of member institutions. These rules are the first to be published by the USDE in more than a decade and allow greater flexibility in accreditors’ oversight of member institutions in order to facilitate agility and responsiveness for innovation.

Presenter Bios

Ms. Mary Beth Kait Ms. Mary Beth Kait, Senior Director for Regulatory Affairs, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Ms. Mary Beth Kait is the Senior Director for Regulatory Affairs. In this role, she oversees reporting to the U.S. Department of Education and ensuring compliance with regulations; reporting to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); and managing complaints and third party comments. Ms. Kait previously worked as a Consultant to the Pennsylvania Economy League conducting economic impact and other policy-related studies for government and public organizations.

Dr. Amy Moseder Dr. Amy Moseder, Vice President and Senior Policy Analyst and Advisor, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Amy Shew Moseder joined the staff of Middle States Commission on Higher Education in December 2011. As Senior Policy Analyst and Advisor, Dr. Moseder researches policy matters and provides the Commission with information and analyses necessary to shape accreditation policy development. She also assists in the development of recertification petitions for the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Dr. Heather Perfetti Dr. Heather Perfetti, President-Elect, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Heather F. Perfetti, Ed.D., J.D., was named President-Elect of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, effective June 26, 2019, and will assume the Presidency on July 1, 2020. In her time with MSCHE, Dr. Perfetti has provided organizational-wide leadership and has been instrumental in developing and supporting strategic priorities, working across units to respond to complex legal and regulatory matters, overseeing the development of policies and procedures, and managing organizational changes impacting the Commission and accreditation within the region. She joined the Commission as a Vice President liaison to institutions in January 2015, was promoted to serve as Vice President for Legal Affairs and Chief of Staff in July 2017, and elevated to Senior Vice President in July 2018. Prior to joining the Commission staff, Dr. Perfetti’s previous positions included Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Orange (NY) and Allegany College of Maryland; Assistant Dean, Assistant Professor, and Program Coordinator at Darton College (GA); and Assistant Professor at Murray State University (KY).

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

Ms. Carmella Smith was promoted to Director for Substantive Change at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in July 2018. She had previously served as Assistant Director for Substantive Change and Assistant Director for Accreditation Services. A member of the Commission staff since 1992, she has served in various roles throughout her tenure. In her current role, Ms. Morrison is responsible for overseeing the Substantive Change procedures.


June 11
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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PA United States