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Self-Study Design

The adoption of a comprehensive self-study review model will enable the university to confirm its alignment with the seven standards of accreditation as well as the requirements of affiliation and verification of compliance with federal regulations. This self-study will also provide the opportunity for the members of the university community to reflect critically on what we have become and evaluate the impact of these changes. The original strategic plan was envisioned as a living document with modifications expected when appropriate. The self-study provides the vehicle to assess these changes and to provide direction for the next five years.

Each of the seven standards for accreditation will be assigned to a Working Group co-chaired by two members of the Steering Committee. An eighth Working Group, also co-chaired by two members of the steering committee, will address the requirements of affiliation and the Verification of Compliance with Accreditation-Relevant Federal Regulations. The reports submitted by these eight Working Groups will provide GW with recommendations for the further implementation of its strategic plan.

Intended Outcomes for the Self-Study

  1. To demonstrate how GW meets the Middle States accreditation standards, requirements of affiliation; and verification of compliance with accreditation-relevant federal regulations;
  2. To measure and assess GW’s progress in the implementation of its strategic initiatives in innovation through cross-disciplinary collaboration, globalization, governance and policy, and citizenship and leadership; 
  3. To develop recommendations to help the institution continue its mission as a diverse, student-centered institution of intellectual inquiry and research preparing the next generation of citizen leaders; and
  4. To review GW’s assessment of the quality and effectiveness of academic programs and administrative services, especially in relation to the changing needs of the students and the broader community that it serves; and further GW’s progress in developing a culture of assessment and continuous improvement across the university.

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Steering Committee

The Steering Committee charged with the decennial Self-Study is currently composed of 22 individuals. These individuals were carefully chosen to broadly represent the GW community. The Steering Committee was constituted with an eye toward both diversity (including gender and race) and broad representation from the ten schools that make up the university.

Elizabeth Amundson, Registrar and Associate Provost: amundson@gwu.edu
Charles Barber, Deputy General Counsel: cbarber@gwu.edu
Cheryl Beil, Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Assessment (Co-Chair, Steering Committee): cbeil@gwu.edu
Sarah Baldassaro, Associate Vice-President, External Relations: sarahgb@gwu.edu
Jeffrey Brand, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, CCAS; Associate Professor of Philosophy: jbb@gwu.edu
Elizabeth Chacko, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, CCAS; Professor of Geography: echacko@gwu.edu
Steve Charnovitz, Associate Professor of Law: charno@gwu.edu
Joseph Cordes, Associate Director, TSPPPA; Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Public Administration: cordes@gwu.edu
Julie DeLoia, Associate Dean, MISPH; Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Science: jdeloia@gwu.edu
Paul Duff, Professor of Religion (Co-Chair, Steering Committee): duff@gwu.edu
Gina Lohr, Interim Associate Vice President for Research, OVPR: glohr@gwu.edu
Geneva Henry, Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation: genevahenry@gwu.edu
Pamela Jeffries, Dean, School of Nursing: pjeffries@gwu.edu
Laurie Koehler, Vice Provost, Enrollment Management and Retention: koehler@gwu.edu
Raymond Lucas, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine: rlucas@gwu.edu
Mike Mochizuki, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs: mochizuk@gwu.edu
Terry Murphy, Deputy Provost; Professor of American Studies: tmurphy@gwu.edu
Bhagi Narahari, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs and Programs, SEAS; Professor of Engineering and Applied Science and of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering: narahari@gwu.edu
Rene Stewart O’Neal, Vice-Provost of Budget and Finance, Office of the Provost: rstewartoneal@gwu.edu
Barbara Porter, Chief of Staff, President’s Office: porter@gwu.edu
Liesl Riddle, Associate Professor of International Business: lriddle@gwu.edu
Paul Wahlbeck, Vice-Dean for Programs and Research, CCAS; Professor of Political Science: wahlbeck@gwu.edu

Working Groups

Eight Working Groups are responsible for the majority of the self-study analysis. One Working Group has been assigned to each of the seven standards of accreditation; an additional Working Group has been created to address the requirements of affiliation and verification of compliance with accreditation-relevant federal regulations. Two co-chairs, each of whom is a member of the Steering Committee, lead each Working Group. At least one of the co-chairs of each Working Group is a faculty member with significant administrative experience. The co-chairs formed their Working Groups with input from the Steering Committee co-chairs and the Office of the Provost. As was the case with the co-chairs, the members of each of the Working Groups were chosen to ensure both diversity and broad representation from across the university.

Charges to the Working Groups

At the Kick-Off meeting of the Steering Committee (March 29, 2016), the co-chairs were given general instructions as follows:

  1. Each Working Group report should be limited to 10 pages;
  2. Both the strengths and weaknesses of the university concerning the standards should be evaluated but the tone of the report should be factual and, as far as possible, constructive. This will greatly aid the Steering Committee co-chairs when they put together a draft of the entire Self-Study;
  3. In the evaluation of each standard (and the Requirements of Affiliation), linkages should be made to both the university’s Mission Statement and the Strategic Plan.

In addition, a common charge was given to eight Working Groups. Specifically, each group was charged to:

  1. Examine relevant documentation, processes, and procedures as they relate to the standard under review;
  2. Describe the extent to which GW meets the criteria established by the standards;
  3. Provide an analysis of the university’s strengths and challenges with regard to the standard;
  4. Make recommendations for improvement; and
  5. Revise and update the Document Roadmap in terms of its relevance to the standard.

Working Group 1: Mission and Goals (Standard I)

Jeffrey Brand, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, CCAS; Associate Professor of Philosophy (Co-Chair)
Liesl Riddle, Associate Professor of International Business (Co-Chair)
Sarah Baldasarro, Associate Vice-President for External Relations
Amy Cohen, Executive Director, Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service
Chris Deering, Senior Associate Dean and Associate Provost, VSTC; Professor of Political Science
Renee DeVigne, Associate Dean for Student Academic Development, Law; Professorial Lecturer
Stacey DiLorenzo, Executive Director of Communication, MISPH
Mohssen Esseesy, Chair, Department of Classics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Associate Professor of Arabic and International Affairs
Toni Marsh, Director of the Paralegal Studies Graduate Program, CPS; Associate Professor
Sherry Davis Molock, Associate Professor of Psychology
Rumana Riffat, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, SEAS; Professor of Civil Engineering
Jennifer Spencer, Vice Dean for Faculty & Research, GWSB; Professor of International Business and International Affairs
Gail Weiss, Professor of Philosophy
Lourdes Winberry, Associate Dean for Health Affairs, SMHS
Jason Zara, Associate Chair for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Cheryl Beil, Steering Committee Co-Chair (ex-officio)

Working Group 2: Ethics and Integrity (Standard II)

Steve Charnovitz, Associate Professor of Law (Co-Chair)
Raymond Lucas, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (Co-Chair)
Sarah Baldassaro, Associate Vice-President, External Relations
Brian Biles, Professor Emeritus of Health Policy
Joan Butler, Program Director, Clinical Research, SMHS
Allen Dyer, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Vicki Fair, Assistant Vice President, Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity
Jared Johnson, Deputy Chief Academic Technology Officer
Danielle Lico, Associate Dean of Students
Alfreda Robinson, Associate Dean for Trial Advocacy, LAW
Edwin Schonfeld, Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer
Dan Small, Associate Vice President for Student Financial Assistance
Suresh Subramaniam, Professor of Engineering and Applied Science
Richard Weitzner, Senior Counsel, Office of General Counsel
Paul Duff, Steering Committee Co-Chair (ex-officio)

Working Group 3: Student Learning Experience (Standard III)

Julie DeLoia, Associate Dean, MISPH; Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Science (Co-Chair)
Geneva Henry, Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation (Co-Chair)
Adele Ashkar, Associate Dean for Academic Excellence, Associate Professor in CPS
Denis Cioffi, Senior Advisor to the Dean, GWSB; Associate Teaching Professor of Decision Science
Renee DeVigne, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Law
Patti Dinneen, Director, University Teaching and Learning Center
Jennifer Donaghue, Director of International Services
Catherine Golden, Associate Dean, Academic Planning and Assessment; Director, Health Intervention and Disaster Response, SMHS
Daniel Hayes, Associate Professor of Political Science
Christine Pintz, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, School of Nursing; Associate Professor of Nursing
Lisa Rice, Chair and Associate Professor, Special Education and Disability Studies, GSEHD
Anne Scammon, Managing Director, Curricular and Strategic Initiatives, Center for Career Services
Donna Scarboro, Associate Provost for International Programs, Professorial Lecturer in English and Honors
Megan Siczek, Director and Assistant Professor of English for Academic Purposes
Lisa Stephenson, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, ESIA; Professorial Lecturer in International Affairs
Cheryl Beil, Steering Committee Co-Chair (ex-officio)

Working Group 4: Support of Student Experience (Standard IV)

Laurie Koehler, Vice Provost, Enrollment Management (Co-Chair)
Bhagi Narahari, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs and Programs, SEAS; Professor of Engineering and Applied Science and of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (Co-Chair)
Tracy Arwari, Student Success Officer
Christopher Britt, Associate Professor of Spanish
Rachel Brown, Assistant Provost of University Career Services
Corinne Hester Crews, Advanced Degree Program Coordinator, GSEHD
Kim Dam, Director, Survey Research and Analysis
Erika Feinman, President, GW Student Association
Dan Friedman, Associate Registrar
Christopher Kayes, Chair, Department of Management and Professor of Management, GWSB
Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement
Lindsay Peck, Enrollment Retention Officer
Jonathan Walker, Assistant Dean of Student Services, ESIA
Paul Duff, Steering Committee Co-Chair (ex-officio)
David Iselin, Special Assistant, Enrollment Management and Retention

Working Group 5: Educational Effectiveness Assessment (Standard V)

Elizabeth Chacko, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, CCAS; Professor of Geography (Co-Chair)
Mike Mochizuki, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs (Co-Chair)
Denver Brunsman, Associate Professor of History
Vivek Choudhury, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, GWSB; Professor of Information Systems and Technology Management
Evie Downie, Associate Dean of Academic Assessment and Support, CCAS; Associate Professor of Physics
Jody Ganiban, Professor of Psychology
Kimberly Gross, Associate Director of School of Media and Public Affairs; Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs and of Political Science
Selila Honig, Associate Director of Assessment
Lisa Lipinski, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, Corcoran School; Assistant Professor of Art
Jack Prostko, Associate Dean, Learning/Faculty Development, CPS
Lisa Rice, Chair and Associate Professor, Special Education and Disability Studies, GSEHD
Mary Jean Schumann, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in School of Nursing; Assistant Professor of Nursing
Robert Snyder, Executive Director of Planning and Outreach, Division of Student Affairs
Zoe Szajnfarber, Assistant Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and of International Affairs
Monique Turner, Associate Professor of Prevention and Community Health, MISPH
Cheryl Beil and Paul Duff, Steering Committee Co-Chairs (ex-officio)

Working Group 6: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement (Standard VI)

Joe Cordes, Associate Director, TSPPPA; Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Public Administration (Co-Chair)
Rene Stewart O’Neal, Vice-Provost of Budget and Finance, Office of the Provost (Co-Chair)
Stella Apekey, Associate Vice-President for Budget and Financial Management
Allison Benner, Finance Director, SEAS
Don Boselovic, Senior Advisor, EVP&T
Christopher Bracey, Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs
Ali Eskandarian, Dean, CPS (Alternate)
P.B. Garrett, Associate Provost and Chief Academic Technologies Officer
Natasha Kazeem, Senior Advisor, MISPH
Alicia Knight, Senior Associate Vice-President of Operations
Joe Knop, Director, Office of Institutional Research and Planning
Gina Lohr, Interim Associate Vice President for Research, OVPR
Dale McLeod, Associate Vice-President for Human Resources Operations
Angela McNelis, Professor of Nursing
Doug Shaw, Senior Associate Provost for International Strategy
Carol Sigelman, Chair, Department of Psychology; Hunt Professor of Psychology
Dave Steinour, Chief Information Officer
James Tielsch, Chair, Department of Global Health; Professor of Global Health
Cheryl Beil, Steering Committee Co-Chair (ex-officio)

Working Group 7: Governance, Leadership, and Administration (Standard VII)

Charles Barber, Deputy General Counsel (Co-Chair)
Paul Wahlbeck, Vice-Dean for Programs and Research, CCAS; Professor of Political Science (Co-Chair)
Aristide Collins, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations; Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration
Kyle Farmbry, Board of Trustees
Charles Garris, Executive Chair, Faculty Senate; Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace  Engineering
Christina Gee, Associate Professor of Psychology
David Green, Associate Vice-President for Financial Operations
Thomas LaVeist, Chair of Health Policy and Management, MISPH; Professor of Health Policy and Management
Barbara Porter, Chief of Staff, Office of the President
Paul Duff, Steering Committee Co-Chair (ex-officio)

Working Group 8: Requirements of Affiliation - Compliance

Elizabeth Amundson, Registrar and Associate Provost (Co-Chair)
Pamela Jeffries, Dean, School of Nursing (Co-Chair)
Yordanos Baharu, Executive Director, Academic Enterprise, Academic Technologies
Joachim Knop, Director, Institutional Research and Planning
Mina Markus, Compliance Associate, School of Nursing
Terry Murphy, Deputy Provost
Laurie Posey, Director of Instructional Design; Professorial Lecturer in Health Sciences
Abbey Richards, Office of General Counsel
Mary Jean Schumann, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Nursing
David Smedley, Associate Director, Compliance & Policy, Office of Student Financial Assistance
Cheryl Beil, Steering Committee Co-Chair (ex-officio)