Coordinated by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Criterion review teams are established to accomplish the on-going task of preparing for the Higher Learning Commission Assurance Argument submission. The following Criterion Teams, representing a diversity of University departments, are collaborating to identify evidence and compose the assurance report for submission in June 2019.

Criterion I: Mission

The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.

Co-Chairpersons

Claire Noonan, Vice President for Mission and Ministry

Anne Deeter, Director of Continuous Improvement/OIE

Committee Members

Sheila Radford-Hill, Chief Diversity Officer

Nathaniel Ekman, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Rachel-Hart Winter, Director, Saint Catherine of Siena Center

Sr. Marci Hermesdorf, O.P., Assistant Professor, English

Ellen Alamilla, Lecturer, Computer Science

Julie Bach, Director, School of Social Work


Criterion II: Integrity, Ethical and Responsible Conduct

The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.

Co-Chairpersons

Elizabeth Silk, Director of Institutional Research/OIE

Matt Hlinak, Assistant Provost

Committee Members

Roberta McMahon, Director of Human Resources

Tory Spivak, Director of Financial Aid

Carol Seley, Director of Risk Management

Cecilia Salvatore, Professor, Information Studies

Douglas Keberlein Gutierrez, Interim Associate Dean, Rosary College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor, History


Criterion III: Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support

The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

Co-Chairpersons

Dan Domin, Director of Academic, Assessment, Evaluation and Achievement/OIE

David Krause, Associate Provost

Committee Members

Alex Oquendo, Assistant Director, Information Technology

Anne Deeter, Director of Continuous Improvement

Felice Maciejewski, University Librarian

Michael Miller, University Registrar

Paul Simpson, Executive Director, Academic Enrichment Center

Angela Frazier, Assistant Dean/Academic Advising

Ellen McManus, Director of Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence

Sheila Bauer-Gatsos, Assistant Professor, English and Director of the Core Curriculum

Anne Drougas, Professor and Chair, Finance, Accounting and Entrepreneurship

Rose Ann Mathai, Assistant Professor, Nutrition

Don Hamerly, Assistant Professor, Information Studies

Kelly Burns, Associate Professor and Acting Chair, Philosophy


Criterion IV: Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

Co-Chairpersons

Dan Domin, Director of Academic, Assessment, Evaluation and Achievement/OIE

Jodi Cressman, Professor, English

Committee Members

Elizabeth Silk, Director of Institutional Research

Anne Deeter, Director of Continuous Improvement

Michael Miller, University Registrar

Norah Collins, Associate Dean of Students

Aliza Steurer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, RCAS

Kathleen Odell, Associate Dean, Brennan School of Business

Ben Freville, Associate Dean, College of Applied Social Sciences


Criterion V: Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.

Co-Chairpersons

Elizabeth Silk, Director of Institutional Research/OIE

Mark Titzer, Vice President, Finance

Committee Members

Roberta McMahon, Director of Human Resources

Terri Shimkus, Bursar

Debra Kash, Director of Auxiliary Services

Jill Albin-Hill, Vice President, Technology and Operations

Trudi Goggin, Dean of Students

Grace Cichomska, Vice President, University Advancement

Anne Deeter, Director of Continuous Improvement

Dan Domin, Director of Academic, Assessment, Evaluation and Achievement/

Susanne Schmitz, Associate Professor, Business

Dawn Morse, Project Manager, Physical Plant