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Middle States Reaccreditation

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation activities for institutions of higher education. 

According to its Mission Statement, the Commission “assures students and the public of the educational quality of higher education” through an accreditation process that “ensures institutional accountability, self-appraisal, improvement, and innovation through peer review and the rigorous application of standards within the context of institutional mission.”

To ensure that institutions are reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis, the Commission requires accredited institutions to undergo a comprehensive Self-Study Evaluation and On-Site Evaluation Visit at least every eight years. MMC has launched its reaccreditation process, which includes preparation of our Self-Study and an On-Site Evaluation Visit in spring 2022.

“In addition to demonstrating MMC’s educational quality…and providing opportunities for institutional self-appraisal and continuous improvement, Middle States accreditation makes MMC students eligible for federal financial aid. For many, accreditation is the key to college affordability.”

President Kerry Walk, Ph.D. (read the full statement here.)

The Self-Study provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate to Middle States how well we are meeting its seven Standards of Accreditation. The Self-Study will include seven chapters, one for each standard, accompanied by an inventory of evidence that supports our assertions regarding our accomplishments in relation to each standard. Members of the Steering Committee will be charged with leading a working group that is assigned a specific standard, gathering and reviewing relevant evidence, and preparing a report that assesses our progress in meeting the assigned standard and includes recommendations for improvement.

MMC’s last successful reaccreditation: 2012
MMC’s last successful periodic review report: 2017

Steering Committee Membership

The Steering Committee is comprised of fourteen administrators, faculty members, staff members, and students. They are:

  • Peter Naccarato, Ph.D. (co-chair), Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty
  • Nava Silton, Ph.D. (co-chair), Associate Professor of Psychology and President of the Faculty Council
  • Brad Herling, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies
  • Laura Tropp, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Arts
  • Dayne Hutchinson, Ph.D., Assistant Dean and Director of Student Development and Activities
  • Sue Behrens, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Diana Zambrotta-Sheetz ’09, Executive Director for Business Operations and Real Estate
  • Katie LeBesco, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Student Success and Engagement
  • Brian Rocco, Director of the Library
  • Jason Lin, Senior Institutional Research Analyst
  • Tseday Alehegn, Ed.D., Executive Director of Academic Operations
  • Nyesha L. McCormick ’22, Student Government Association Past President
  • Jacqueline Leon ’22, Resident Advisor

Self-Study Working Groups Membership

There are seven Working Groups, each assigned to one of the seven Middle States Standards for Reaccreditation. Working Group Membership is as follows:

Working Group 1: Mission and Goals

  • Brad Herling, Ph.D. (chair), Associate Professor of Religious Studies
  • Mary Fleischer, Ph.D., Professor and Assistant Chair of Theatre Arts
  • Erin Greenwell, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Communication and Media Arts
  • Michael Salmon, M.Sc., Assistant Vice President for Academic Excellence and Senior Advisor to the President
  • Giulia Becker Miller, Student Government Association

Working Group 2: Ethics and Integrity

  • Jenny Dixon, Ph.D. (chair), Associate Professor and Chair of Communication and Media Arts
  • Bree Bullingham, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
  • Christina Rosado, Director of Center for Student Services Operations & Student Services
  • Wilton Fontenette, Assistant Vice President of Advancement Operations
  • Benjamin Lewis, Resident Advisor

Working Group 3: Student Learning Experience

  • Laura Tropp, Ph.D. (chair), Professor of Communication Arts
  • Catherine Cabeen, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Dance
  • Adrienne Baxter Bell, Ph.D., Professor of Art History and Director of the College Honors Program
  • Matthew Bissell, Associate Director for Academic Advisement
  • Ryan Atwell, Assistant Director of Career Services and Internship Programs
  • Brian Rocco, Director of the Library
  • Megan Bros, Peer Leader

Working Group 4: Student Experience

  • Dayne Hutchinson, Ph.D. (chair), Assistant Dean and Director of Student Development and Activities
  • Melissa Weekes-Stoute, Assistant Dean for Student Success
  • Estrella Redondo, Senior Associate Director of Admission
  • Michael Salmon, Acting Director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program
  • Kean Hawker, Assistant Director for International Student Services
  • Gabriella Gavazzi, Campus Activities Board and Peer Leader
  • Jacqueline Leon, Resident Advisor

Working Group 5: Educational Effectiveness Assessment

  • Sue Behrens, Ph.D. (chair), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Cecilia Feilla, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and World Literatures
  • Diana Epelbaum, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Academic Writing and Director of the Academic Writing Program
  • Bethany Elkin, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
  • Noelle Griffis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Arts
  • Pielah Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing
  • Lia Margolin, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of Mathematics

Working Group 6: Planning

  • Diana Zambrotta-Sheetz ’09 (Chair), Executive Director for Business Operations and Real Estate
  • Maisha Williams, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer
  • Richard Sheldon, Associate Vice President for Academic Administration
  • Dale Hochstein, Chief Information Officer
  • Gabrielle Fiorella ’23, Student Leader

Working Group 7: Governance

  • Katie LeBesco, Ph.D. (chair), Interim Vice President for Student Success and Engagement
  • Rob Dutiel, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
  • Giselle Caraballo, Student Government Association