Accreditation Implications for Student Affairs Professionals: How Students “Choose” a Career Pathway

How do Students Choose a Career Pathway? I enjoy talking with my students about their plans following their completion of a baccalaureate program. As you might have anticipated, their aspirations are as varied as the human genome. While a connection seems to exist between course type and my students' self-reported professional aspirations, I often see … Continue reading Accreditation Implications for Student Affairs Professionals: How Students “Choose” a Career Pathway

Using Assessment Data to Become a Better Instructor or Administrator

The Case for Evidence-Based Practice in Assessment of Student Learning This topic brings me back to an earlier time of my life. During my undergraduate days as a psychology major, professors lamented ad nauseam about the scientist-practitioner gap and its threat to the public good. I was fascinated by the information and, although I didn't … Continue reading Using Assessment Data to Become a Better Instructor or Administrator

Justifying and Organizing a Sustainable Strategic Planning Process

An Abbreviated Motive for Strategic Planning in Higher Education The obvious item that may come to mind is that we engage strategic planning simply "because we have to." To say the least, this is an underdeveloped rationale. Despite my knowing about the pandemic of this attitude toward strategic planning, I still experience surprise when I … Continue reading Justifying and Organizing a Sustainable Strategic Planning Process

Practicing Self-Care to Become a Better Institution

Simplicity is Often Esoteric You might be curious as to how this topic relates to sustaining a viable long-term accreditation agenda in higher education. While the connection is not necessarily obvious, we can locate the link once we peel back the layers. This entry focuses on the health of institutional actors who are charged with … Continue reading Practicing Self-Care to Become a Better Institution

How Institutions Can Encourage Faculty Engagement in Assessment

Why is assessment necessary? When pursuing a Ph.D. -- which is essentially the only type of training faculty receive to prepare for a career in higher education -- our intellectual pursuits tend to narrowly focus on developing content area expertise and the ability to conduct independent, empirical research. No one tells a professor-in-training about the … Continue reading How Institutions Can Encourage Faculty Engagement in Assessment

Mary Ellen Petrisko Testifies to Congress

WSCUC Remains a Leader in Regulatory Quality I've only met Dr. Mary Ellen Petrisko a few times -- both opportunities during small group settings and neither of which were likely uniquely¬†memorable. Nevertheless, for years, I've admired Mary Ellen's groundbreaking work and professional agenda. She's an¬†educational leader who serves higher education with thoughtful stewardship and an … Continue reading Mary Ellen Petrisko Testifies to Congress