Since 2011, I have been providing direct support and leadership for individual degree programs and institutions for special and regional accreditation. My experience has evolved from sharing the course development and review processes and faculty development efforts to the site visitors to contributing into the self-study reports through providing data relevant to curriculum and assessment sections and co-authoring sections of the self-study reports and representing the programs as the curriculum and assessment expert in the site visit meetings.
My first experience with the special accreditation was in 2011 during the preparation of the College of Education at Black Hills State University (BHSU) for the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE). Later, NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) formed the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). As the instructional designer in the Office of Educational Outreach at BHSU, I was interviewed by the site visit team to demonstrate the course evaluation processes and additional support I provided particularly for their online degree program. I have also conducted a poster presentation to the site visit team to demonstrate my work for the College. Please click the NCATE Board of Examiners Report to learn more about my support during the site team visit.
In 2012, I led the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement process for the George Mason University. The process was required by the U.S. Department of Education to remain in operation in other states. As a result of this experiences, I read all 50 state-level policies on education and received authorization from the education departments of 35 states. In my 2013 article, I explained the processes involved in the state authorizations.
In 2015, I provided direct support to the fully online Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Des Moines University for the renewal of their Council on Education for Public Health accreditation. As presented in the MPH Preliminary Self-Study Report I established the structural framework, processes, and utilized learning analytics tools. I provided the data needed for multiple standards during the preparation for the site visit. I also co-authored sections in the report relevant to curriculum and assessment. I was one of the members interviewed during the site visit and provided the critical information relevant to the existing quality assurance review process, competency-based curriculum development and alignment efforts, and student learning outcomes. My support was also acknowledged in the CEPH full report published in 2016.
Upon receiving the probationary status in 2015, the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at DMU collaborated with me to prepare for the next site visit. In 2017, the program renewed its accreditation status. During this process, I have worked with the program to revisit the problematic areas and made the necessary improvements. I also provided the assessment data, evaluated the data, provided editorial support to the former director of the program during the preparation of the site visit report. Some of my work was acknowledged in the 2015 – 2016 the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Student Learning Assessment Report.
To support the Higher Learning Commission accreditation status for the university, I have also served as a member of the university-wide assessment council to provide feedback to the individual programs regarding their annual student learning outcome assessment plans and processes. In the meantime, I provided direct support to the MPH, MHA, and PA programs to develop their student learning outcome assessment processes, collection, report, and evaluation of student learning outcomes. I currently serve as the ex-officio for all three programs in their curriculum and assessment teams. The 2014-2015 MHA Student Learning Assessment Report explains the processes I established for the MHA program to conduct student outcome evaluations. I incorporated similar processes for other programs over the years.