Assessment/Accreditation Council

Council Purpose

The Assessment/Accreditation Council advises on and facilitates matters related to 1) student learning outcomes assessment and 2) the University’s reaffirmation of accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.

The Council has been charged by the Provost to look more comprehensively at assessment, in follow up to the University’s last accreditation visit. The Council has been working to facilitate a campus-wide effort focusing on the assessment of student learning outcomes at both the undergraduate and graduate curricular and the co-curricular levels. As part of these efforts, the Council has developed a framework for the assessment of student learning outcomes and established an annual Learning, Teaching and Assessment Forum. Additional information about these efforts and learning assessment at Northwestern can be found on the Assessment of Student Learning page.

In addition, the Council is serving as an advising body as we prepare for the University’s upcoming re-accreditation review through the Higher Learning Commission in April 2015. Northwestern is currently serving as a pioneer institution in the Higher Learning Commission’s new Open Pathway for Reaffirmation of Accreditation process, which includes both improvement and assurance components. Over the past four years, the Council has contributed to the University’s efforts in developing and executing our improvement project, or Quality Initiative, focused on enhancing the assessment of student learning. The Council is also providing input on the development of accreditation materials and preparations for the upcoming site visit. More information about Northwestern’s re-accreditation process can be found on the University Accreditation page.

Council Members

  • Jake Julia, Committee Chair and Associate Provost of Academic Initiatives and Associate Vice President, Office of Change Management
  • Beth Bennett, Assistant Professor, Clinical, Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Ron Braeutigam, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Harvey Kapnick Professor of Business Institutions, Economics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Wes Burghardt, Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Susanna Calkins, Associate Director of Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching
  • Stephen Carr, Academic Associate Dean, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Debbie Crimmins, Associate Director of Institutional Research, Office of Administration and Planning
  • Tracy Davis, Associate Dean, Academic, Graduate School Administration
  • Sally Ewing, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs, School of Communication
  • Mary Finn, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Linda Garton, Assistant Dean for Admissions & Student Affairs, Bienen School of Music
  • Thomas Geraghty, Professor, Legal Clinic; School of Law
  • Bill Hayward, Senior Director, Institutional Research, Office of Administration and Planning
  • Larry Hedges, Professor, Statistics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Peter Kaye, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate and Credit Programs, School of Professional Studies
  • Liz Kinsley, Graduate Student, Rhetoric and Public Culture, School of Communication
  • Gregory Light, Director of Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching
  • Joan Linsenmeier, Assistant Dean (Academic), Administration, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Michele M McDonough, Lecturer, Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lisa Metzger-Mugg, Executive Director, Administrative Initiatives, Office of the Executive Vice President
  • Susan Olson, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, School of Education and Social Policy
  • Alison Lanser Phillips, Assistant Registrar, University Registrar
  • Jennifer Puchtel, Manager Accreditation Process, Office of the Provost
  • Anna Rennich, Undergraduate, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; ASG Vice President for Academics
  • Marianne Ryan, Associate University Librarian, Library Administration
  • Babette Seligmann Sanders, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Robyn Schuster, Director, Dean's Office, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
  • H. David Smith, Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kathryn Symank, Chief Operations Officer, Qatar, NUQ
  • Patricia Telles-Irvin, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • David Uttal, Professor, Psychology; Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences