Middle States Accreditation

Stockton University was first accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) in 1975, and our next review is scheduled for 2021-22. Accreditation is a peer review process that has been used by institutions of higher education since the early twentieth century to create and maintain credibility and public confidence.

What is Middle States?

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) oversees the accreditation of colleges and universities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as several international locations. This voluntary, non-governmental, membership association defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. For more information visit:  http://www.msche.org/

Standards for Accreditation

MSCHE requires member institutions to conduct a Self-Study every eight years, and complete annual updates. The Self-Study is a comprehensive, multi-year process where schools review their missions and goals, consider ethics and integrity issues, evaluate student learning experience and methods of assessment, survey strategic planning resource allocation, and institutional improvement policies, and review governance, leadership and administration infrastructures. 

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Stockton Self-Study Team

Three co-chairs will spearhead Stockton's 2021-22 Self-Study Team:

  • Dr. Michelle Craig McDonald, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Bob Heinrich, Chief Enrollment Management Officer
  • Dr. Manish Madan, Faculty Senate President and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Time and expertise from many more in the Stockton community will make our Self-Study a success, since each of the standards listed below requires its own working team. We welcome short- or long-term commitments, and seek volunteers from across the campus, including faculty, students, staff, and administrators--we need everyone's voice.  To see a listing of the Standard Working Groups click the plus sign (+) below.


 Document Inventory Team

  • Erika Cassetta, Program Assistant, Office of the Provost
  • Renee Cavezza, Program Assistant, School of Health Sciences

Do you have documents for the Self-Study Inventory?

If, yes, please send them to msche@stockton.edu


Standard Working Groups:

The institution’s mission defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, and what it intends to accomplish. The institution’s stated goals are clearly linked to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission.

Standard I Co-chairs:

  • Dr. Michelle Craig McDonald, Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Robert Heinrich, Chief Enrollment Management Officer
  • Dr. Manish Madan, Faculty Senate President and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Faculty:

  • Dr. Nazia Kazi, Associate Professor of Anthropology, SOBL
  • Dr. Pat McGinnis, Professor of Physical Therapy, HLTH
  • Dr. Javier Sanchez, Associate Professor of Spanish, ARHU

Administration:

  • Dr. Valerie Hayes, Chief Officer for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dr. Angel Hernandez, Associate Director of EOF, Atlantic City  
  • Geoffrey Pettifer, Executive Director of University Relations and Marketing
  • Dr. Peter Straub, Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Dr. Walter Tarver, Assistant Vice President, Student Transitions, Access, and Retention

Staff:

  • Christy E. Engelhardt, Professional Services Specialist 4, Facilities Planning 

Ethics and integrity are central, indispensable, and defining hallmarks of effective higher education institutions. In all activities, whether internal or external, an institution must be faithful to its mission, honor its contracts and commitments, adhere to its policies, and represent itself truthfully.

Co-Chair liaison:

  • Dr. Robert Heinrich

Standard II Co-Chairs:

  • Robert Wallace, Assistant Supervisor 2, Facilities, CWA Union Representative  
  • Jennifer Kosakowski, Director of Development

Faculty:

  • Dr. Kathryn Brzozowski, Assistant Professor of Social Work, SOBL
  • Dr. Pamela Cohn, Associate Professor of Chemistry, NAMS
  • Dr. Mary Padden, Associate Professor of Nursing, HLTH

Administration:

  • Chris Connors, Interim Director of Financial Aid
  • Sharon Hunt, Recruitment Manager, Human Resources
  • Dr. Marissa Levy, Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences 
  • Sheilah Vance, Interim Chief Officer for EEO and Compliance

Staff:

  • Shawn Manuola, Professional Services Specialist 3, GENS
  • Adam Coopersmith, Program Assistant, Institutional Research

An institution provides students with learning experiences that are characterized by rigor and coherence at all program, certificate, and degree levels, regardless of instructional modality. All learning experiences, regardless of modality, program pace/schedule, level, and setting are consistent with higher education expectations.

Co-Chair liaison:

  • Dr. Manish Madan

Standard III Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Robert Gregg, Dean of the School of General Studies
  • Dr. Nordia Johnson, Interim Director of Academic Achievement Programs

Faculty:

  • Dr. Sharon Musher, Associate Professor of History, ARHU
  • Dr. Marc Richard, Associate Professor of Chemistry, NAMS
  • Dr. Sequetta Sweet, Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership, EDUC

Administration:

  • Laurie Dutton, Director of WGSC
  • Tara Williams, Associate Director of Graduate Studies

Staff:

  • Mariah Duffey, Assistant Director of Continuing Studies
  • Patricia Fazio, Librarian Electronic Resource Coordinator
  • Dennis Fotia, Assistant Director of the Center for Learning Design

Across all educational experiences, settings, levels, and instructional modalities, the institution recruits and admits students whose interests, abilities, experiences, and goals are congruent with its mission and educational offerings. The institution commits to student retention, persistence, completion, and success through a coherent and effective support system sustained by qualified professionals, which enhances the quality of the learning environment, contributes to the educational experience, and fosters student success.

Co-Chair liaison:

  • Dr. Robert Heinrich

Standard IV Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Haley Baum, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Kevin McHugh, Executive Director of Athletics

Faculty:

  • Dr. Frank Cerreto, Professor of Mathematics and First-year Studies, GENS
  • Rebecca Mannel, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, HLTH
  • Dr. Matthew Olson, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, NAMS
  • Dr. Beverly Vaughn, Professor of Music, ARHU

Administration:

  • Brett Pulliam, Executive Director for Educational Opportunity & Success Programs
  • Demetrios Roubos, Information Security Officer 
  • Ryan Terrell, Bursar

Staff:  

  • Giancarlo L. Brugnolo, Associate Director, Event Services
  • Lauren Fonseca, Tutoring Center Specialist/Coordinator of Academic Support
  • Marques Johnson, Associate Director, Residential Life
  • Patty McConville, Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Dr. Kate Spalding, Assistant Director, Center for Academic Advising

Assessment of student learning and achievement demonstrates that the institution’s students have accomplished educational goals consistent with their program of study, degree level, the institution’s mission, and appropriate expectations for institutions of higher education.

Co-Chair liaison:

  • Dr. Michelle Craig McDonald 

Standard V Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Kathy Klein, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning Design
  • Dr. Ana Rodriguez, Director, Student Transition Programs

Faculty:

  • Dr. Kimberly Lebak, Professor of Education, EDUC
  • Dr. Elizbeth Pollock, Associate Professor of Chemistry, NAMS
  • Dr. Kerri Sowers, Associate Professor of Health Science, HLTH
  • Dr. Janet Wagner, Professor of Computer Information Systems, BSNS

Administration:

  • Peter Baratta, Chief Planning Officer
  • Christina Birchler, Director, Hammonton Instructional Site
  • Dr. Claudine Keenan, Dean of the School of Education
  • Dr. JY Zhou, Interim Director of Global Engagement

The institution’s planning processes, resources, and structures are aligned with each other and are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals, to continuously assess and improve its programs and services, and to respond effectively to opportunities and challenges.

Co-Chair liaison:

  • Dr. Michelle Craig McDonald

Standard VI Co-Chairs:

  • Jennifer Potter, Vice President for Administration & Finance, Chief Financial Officer
  • Christy Goodnight, Librarian 2, Assistant Professor in the Library

Faculty:

  • Dr. Petar Dobrev, Assistant Professor of Business Studies, BSNS
  • Dr. Amy Hadley, Associate Professor of MSCD, HLTH
  • Dr. Tom Papademetriou, Professor of Historical Studies, ARHU

Administration:

  • Dr. Jason Babin, Director of Military & Veteran Services
  • Dr. Eleonora Carr, Controller
  • Diane Garrison, Director of Budget and Fiscal Planning
  • Karen James, ITS Financial Administrator
  • Rhianon Lepree, Director of Real Estate
  • Kim McCabe, Director, Student Affairs Communications
  • Kelly Oquist, Budget Manager, Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Ashlee Roberts, Executive Director of Student Affairs Planning and Operations

Staff:

  • Kathleen Hazelton, Facilities Planning: Autocad Specialist/Document Manager/Space Management

The institution is governed and administered in a manner that allows it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that effectively benefits the institution, its students, and the other constituencies it serves. Even when supported by or affiliated with governmental, corporate, religious, educational system, or other unaccredited organizations, the institution has education as its primary purpose, and it operates as an academic institution with appropriate autonomy.

Co-Chair liaison:

  • Dr. Manish Madan

Standard VII Co-Chairs:

  • Michael Angulo, Vice President for Personnel, Labor & Government Relation
  • Dr. Steven Radwanski, Executive Director of Residential Life

Faculty:

  • Dr. Norma Boakes, Professor of Education, EDUC
  • Dr. Heather McGovern, Professor of Writing & First-Year Studies, GENS
  • Dr. Tina Zappile, Associate Professor of Political Science, SOBL
  • Dr. Barry Pemberton, Asst. Professor of Chemistry, NAMS

Administration:

  • Sarah Grady, Assistant Director, LIGHT
  • Brian Jackson, Chief Operating Office, Atlantic City Campus
  • Rosa Perez- Maldonado, Assistant Dean, School of Arts and Humanities
  • Dr. Shelia Quinn, Associate Dean for Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator
  • Dr. Chris Catching, Vice President for Student Affairs

Staff:

  • Chad Roberts, General Manager WLFR   

Board of Trustees:

  • Stan Ellis

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