18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
30 Wilson Rd.
Amherst, NY 14221
1880 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
Co-Chairs: Dr. Susan Dunkle, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Education and Amy DeKay, Dean of Students
Co-Chairs: Dr. Judith M. Horowitz, Dean of the School of Adult and Graduation Education & Associate Professor, Social Sciences and Dr. Daniel Kotzin, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
Co-Chairs: Barbara Bilotta, Director of Human Resources and Pamela Jones, Library Director & Assistant Professor
Co-Chairs: Dr. Jenifer Bavifard, Executive Director of the Accelerated Learning Program and Deborah Ceppaglia, Associate Professor & Professional Librarian
Working Groups will examine a set of research questions that explore relationships between the themes of the self-study, MSCHE accreditation standards, and data related to those themes and standards. Working Group co-chairs are responsible for directing and coordinating the efforts of the Working Groups, submitting drafts and analyses on time, and working directly with the Steering Committee co-chairs to provide communication across the Working Groups and to represent the Steering Committee to various constituencies.
The research questions are intended to keep the self-study future-oriented. In other words, they are meant to encourage exploration of how Focus Fourteen builds from the lessons we have learned as a reflective organization and of how that plan can best be implemented to strengthen mission effectiveness and ensure ongoing compliance with MSCHE standards. The self-study must be based on evidence and data collected by the Working Groups and measured, where possible, against the College’s mission, goals, and aspiration. Each Group will examine the research questions for its theme and standards and submit a report of its analysis, findings, and recommendations to the Steering Committee, following the style guidelines for Working Group reports. Each report should be analytical and interpretive rather than simply descriptive. While reports will need to describe how the College organizes and deploys its resources to accomplish its mission, it will be even more important to explain why the College deploys its resources in particular ways, the degree to which current decision-making processes advance the mission, and how the College can improve its capacity to provide exceptional educational opportunities to its students. A broad outline of tasks to accomplish these purposes is provided below.
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