Biography

I am the Coordinator for Institutional Effectiveness at the Office of Assessment and Planning. The Office of Assessment and Planning is dedicated to promoting continual improvement at Lehman College to enhance its operations, strengthen student outcomes, and to meet its accreditation requirements. I am also an adjunct faculty member in the Economics and Business Department. My courses have ranged from microeconomics to strategic management.

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New Research on the Marginal Impact of Classroom Time

A study by five researchers from the City University of New York (Ted Joyce, Baruch College; Sean Crockett, Baruch College; David A. Jaeger, CUNY Graduate Center; Onur Altindag, CUNY Graduate Center; and, Stephen D. O'Connell, CUNY Graduate Center) revealed that a once-per-week lecture format would result in only a small adverse impact on student performance. The researchers suggested that the results may provide “a cost effective alternative to traditional lectures.”

The study involved 725...

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CUNY Holds Periodic Review Report Workshop

On April 1, 2014, The City University of New York (CUNY) Office of Academic Affairs held a workshop on the preparation of the Periodic Review Report (PRR). The interactive workshop was led by Dr. Jo-Ellen Asbury, President of J. Asbury & Associates, and Anna-Nanine S. Pond, an independent consultant specializing in organizational development consulting and strategic advising for non-profits and higher education institutions.

The workshop covered among the following areas:

  • The six sections of...
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Disseminating Major Goals

Proposed MSCHE Standard I declares, among other things, accredited institutions of higher education should possess “clearly defined…goals that…are publicized and widely known by the institution’s members.” Under this standard, this information should be readily available to all of an institution’s internal stakeholders. Internal stakeholders include faculty, administrators, staff, and students.

New York Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation’s leading hospitals, provides an example that...

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CUNY Periodic Review Report Workshop

On April 1, 2014, The City University of New York (CUNY) Office of Academic Affairs will be holding a workshop concerning the preparation of the Periodic Review Report (PRR). The Periodic Review Report is typically submitted to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) five years after an institution’s self-study or decennial review report. Lehman College will be submitting its PRR on June 1.

The workshop aims to accommodate CUNY institutions who will be submitting their PRR...

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Prioritization at Lehman College

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Lehman College hosted a forum for faculty, staff, and administrators at which Dr. Robert C. Dickeson, author of Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services (Jossey-Bass, 2010) was the featured speaker. The presentation highlighted the formal launch of prioritization at Lehman College. The process is consistent with the College’s strategic plan and a proactive response to the dynamic higher education environment in which the College operates.

At his presentation,...

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The Ukraine Crisis and Implications for Strategic Corporate Management

With no advance notice, Russian armed forces took control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula on February 27. On March 1, Russia’ Parliament granted President Putin authority to deploy Russia’s military forces to Ukraine. Russia’s moves were in contrast to the UN Charter’s principle that all UN members “shall refrain…from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity… of any state.” Nevertheless, they occurred. Furthermore, they occurred despite a U.S. warning that Russia should not...

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Bronx SciFest Highlights Lehman’s Commitments to STEM and Community Enrichment

In its Strategic Plan, Lehman College made long-term commitments to its STEM programs (Strategy 1.2.3) and to enriching the community through increased engagement of its resources (Strategic Objective 4.1). There is overlap between these commitments. That connection is evident in Lehman College’s STEM Strategic Plan.

In that plan, the College aims to “create partnerships with key stakeholders in the Bronx and surrounding region to foster collaborative research…” (STEM Strategy 1.3.2) and to...

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American Studies Association’s Resolution Stirs Call for a Post-Academic Freedom Framework

On December 4, 2013, the American Studies Association (ASA) issued a resolution embracing the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Inherently flawed as that resolution was, it stirred it initiated a call for a post-academic freedom framework in The Harvard Crimson. The Crimson column called for “a more rigorous standard” of “academic justice” to supplant academic freedom. In its closing paragraph, the piece went on to embrace the ASA’s resolution quoting that document's language about...

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Another Snowstorm Visits the Lehman Campus

Thursday saw another snowstorm bring heavy snow to the Lehman Campus. At one point, the visibility was reduced to near zero as an intense band dumping snow at a rate of 3”-6” per hour moved across the campus.

 

By the time the storm departed Friday morning before sunrise, just over a foot of snow had fallen on campus. All the trees and buildings were plastered with wet snow as the sun rose in the wake of the storm.

Previously, I had blogged about the return of severe cold to the New York...

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My Thoughts on MSCHE’s Revised Standards

At its annual conference, MSCHE unveiled a draft of revised standards that would replace the current fourteen standards. Through January 31, 2014, MSCHE collected feedback on its draft via SurveyMonkey®. During that time, I noted that I would share my thoughts in a future blog. Now that the feedback deadline has passed, this blog contains my thoughts.

Overall, I believe the new standards represent a qualitative improvement over the existing standards. First, they logically consolidate what...

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President Obama Maintains Higher Education Course in His State of the Union Address

On January 28, 2014, President Obama gave his annual State of the Union Address. Although that speech outlined no new higher education initiatives, its limited attention to higher education signaled that the Administration was maintaining the course it had set forth last summer. Then, as now, the President explicitly addressed the issue of college affordability.

He declared:

We’re shaking up our system of higher education to give parents more information, and colleges more incentives to...

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A Look at MSCHE’s Survey on its Draft Accreditation Standards

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is continuing to collect feedback from those who attended its annual conference in December. Feedback is being collected via SurveyMonkey® and e-mail comments.

The survey asks respondents to provide general comments on the draft. That request is followed by four substantive questions. The focus of these questions likely provides insight into the goals related to the revised standards. The implied goals of the standard revision process...

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MSCHE’s Standards Revisions Process: A Quick Update

Back on December 16, I posted about draft standards that were made public by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) at its annual conference. In that piece, I noted that conference participants were invited to submit feedback (my feedback will be noted in a future blog entry). I also added that Town Hall-style meetings would be held prior to the Commission’s voting on the draft standards at its June 2014 meeting and then subsequently submitting them to member institutions...

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The Return of Severe Cold to the New York City Metro Area

While most Lehman College students are off until the start of the spring 2014 semester, the opening week of January has seen the College closed on account of a snowstorm, along with two shots of severe cold that transformed the campus a great outdoor freezer.

Top Left: January 3 snowstorm that closed Lehman College; Top Right: Freezing rain on January 5; Bottom Left: Sunrise on January 7; Bottom Right: Ice at low tide on January 7.

An anonymous 16th Century writer once observed:

This winter’s...

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MSCHE’s Proposed Standard V: A Closer Look

In its draft standards aimed at replacing the existing fourteen standards, Middle States has largely replaced Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning) with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment).

The proposed standard largely, but not wholly, incorporates the four contextual items from existing Standard 14. It also, adds specificity in areas frequently cited by MSCHE with respect to Standard 14.

The following map illustrates how the proposed standard relates to Standard 14 and...

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The ROI on Higher Education

As 2013 draws to a close, there has been much debate about the value higher education offers, its costs, and promises of new federal metrics to evaluate institutions of higher education. Not surprisingly, The Yahoo! Finance blog featured an interview with former Secretary of Education William Bennett on the value of higher education as one of its “favorite” stories of 2013.

The piece notes that former Secretary Bennett evaluated colleges and universities based on their return on investment...

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An End of Semester Note to my Students

At the end of each semester, I provide my students with a closing note about the course. That note seeks to place the course, its content, and its requirements into a larger context. I do so, because I believe it is helpful for students to have one last opportunity to understand why they took the course and perhaps better identify what they gained from the course. Such understanding can perhaps reinforce learning for the long-term.

Below is the note to my fall 2013 students:

With the semester...

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MSCHE Unveils Draft of Revised Standards

At its annual conference held in Philadelphia, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) unveiled a draft of its proposed standards that would replace the existing 14 standards. Conference participants were invited to submit feedback. A number of Town Hall-style meetings will be held over the coming months to gather additional perspectives. Afterward, a revised draft will be presented to the full Commission for its June 2014 meeting. Should the Commission vote in favor of the...

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2013 Periodic Review Report Outcomes

Today marks the second day of the three-day MSCHE Annual Conference being held in Philadelphia. Already, the initial plenary session discussed higher education in the context of a more demanding environment, though attendance was suppressed by a snowstorm.

The snowstorm obscured most of Philadelphia's landmarks, including the iconic Independence Hall. By day's end, a daily record of 8.6" had accumulated (the old record, for those keeping track, was 3.5" in 1989). This was also Philadelphia's...

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ANNY Regional Event Shares Assessment Insights

On November 15, 2013, the Assessment Network of New York (ANNY) held a regional assessment eventhosted by Adirondack Community College. ANNY is a professional network established to assist New York State’s colleges and universities in their efforts to assess student learning and institutional effectiveness. Colleges and universities outside of New York State can participate and have participated in ANNY events. Lehman College’s Assessment Coordinator, Raymond Galinski, has played...

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