NECHE 2022

University Seal

Welcome to the 2020-2022 NECHE Self Study web page. Fitchburg State University is currently engaged in a process of self-study as part of a comprehensive evaluation conducted every ten years as required by the Commission. This comprehensive evaluation includes our self-study report, an on-site evaluation in spring 2022 by a group of peers and finally a review and decision on our accreditation status by the Commission. This site provides an overview of the process and will be regularly updated with documents and information allowing the university community and public to understand and fully participate in the accreditation process.

Fitchburg State University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). NECHE is the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Led by Dr. Lawrence Schall, the commission is composed of faculty, administrators, and trustees from member colleges and
universities, as well as public members. NECHE’s purpose is to foster the improvement of universities and serve the public in assuring the quality of institutions of higher education. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Timeline

The attached timeline lays out the accreditation review process, starting in 2020 with the appointment of committees around the accreditation standards and culminating with a team visit in March 2022.

Committee Membership

  • Christian Estrella, Assistant Vice President, Financial Services, Co-Chair
  • DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld, Associate Professor, English Studies, Co-Chair
  • Meg Hoey, Dean of Health & Natural Sciences
  • Jason Miles, Director of Education Unit Accountability & Licensure
  • Ian Murray, Laboratory Technician
  • Jeffrey Wolfman, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
  • John Crawley, Assistant Professor, Business Administration
  • Rala Diakite, Professor, Humanities
  • Akwasi Duah, Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Jeffrey Godin, Professor, Exercise and Sports Science
  • Elaine Jackson, Undergraduate Student Representative
  • Kimberly Kovac, Graduate Student Representative
  • Becky Copper-Glenz, Dean, School of Online, Graduate and Continuing Education, Co-Chair
  • Elizabeth Gordon, Professor, Earth & Geographic Sciences, Co-Chair
  • Melisa Alves, Director, Career Counseling & Advising Center
  • Franca Barricelli, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Linda Dupell, Registrar
  • Drew Goodwin, Coordinator of Early College and Dual Enrollment
  • Lisa Moison, Associate Dean, School of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education
  • Timothy Hilliard, Professor, Exercise & Sports Science
  • Aruna Krishnamurthy, Professor, English Studies
  • Renee Scapparone, Professor, Business Administration
  • Daniel Welsh, Associate Professor, Biology
  • Hong Yu, Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology
  • Joseph Cautela, SGA Treasurer
  • Nicholas Thornton, Graduate Student Representative
  • Hank Parkinson, Associate Dean of Student Development, Co-Chair
  • Eric Williams, Assistant Professor, Biology, Co-Chair
  • Kat McLellan, Director, Academic Coaching and Tutoring Center
  • Jinawa McNeil, Director of Admissions
  • Lauren O'Brien, Associate Director, Counseling Services
  • Heather Ruland, Director of Student Accounts
  • Melissa Dunn, Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Rose Kronziah-Seme, Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Lori Steckervetz, Assistant Librarian, Library
  • David Malek, Graduate Student Representative
  • Erin Masson, Undergraduate Student Representative
  • Nancy Murray, Professor, Education, Co-Chair
  • Eric Budd, Professor, Economics, History and Political Science, Co-Chair
  • Nicole Chelonis, Director of Digital Learning
  • Mary Beth McKenzie, Associate Vice President, Finance & Administration
  • Kimberly Page, Director of Human Resources
  • Jason Smith, Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs
  • Cheryl Armstrong, Associate Professor, Psychological Science
  • Jon Krasner, Professor, Communications Media
  • Nirajan Mani, Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology
  • Connie Strittmatter, Associate Librarian, Library
  • Kisha Tracy, Associate Professor, English Studies
  • Jenary Merced, Graduate Student Representative
  • Marcus Perla, Undergraduate Student Representative
  • Jacalyn Kremer, Dean, Library, Co-Chair
  • Robert Shapiro, Assistant Professor, Education, Co-Chair
  • Jay Bry, Vice President for Finance & Administration
  • Laura Croteau, Building Services Manager, Housing & Residential Services
  • Jessica Murdoch, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
  • Steve Swartz, Chief Technology Officer
  • Soumitra Basu, Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology
  • Asher Jackson, Associate Librarian, Library
  • Ronald Krieser, Associate Professor, Biology
  • Denise Simion, Assistant Professor, Business Administration
  • Jayaraju Nulakachandanam, Graduate Student Representative
  • Samantha Richard, Graduate Student Representative & Undergraduate Alumni
  • Cate Kaluzny, Director of Assessment, Institutional Research and Planning, Co-Chair
  • J.J. Sylvia IV, Assistant Professor, Communications Media, Co-Chair
  • Laura Bayless, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Dani Langdon, Assistant Director, Center for Professional Studies
  • Elizabeth Swartz, Interim Director, TRIO Student Support Services
  • Susan Beddes, Academic and Career Advisor, Career Services and Advising Center
  • Chris Cratsley, Professor, Biology
  • Emma Downs, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  • Sean Goodlett, Professor, Economics, History and Political Science
  • Frank Mabee, Associate Professor, English Studies
  • Megan Steiger, Graduate Student Representative & Undergraduate Alumni
  • Louise Timmons, Undergraduate Student Representative
  • Kristin Murphy, Director of Title IX Compliance, Human Resources & Payroll Services, Co-Chair
  • Jannette McMenamy, Professor, Psychological Science, Co-Chair
  • Carin Bullis, Director of Budgeting, Financial Services
  • Sherry Horeanopoulos, Information Security Officer, Information Technology
  • Christopher Medley, Director, Housing and Residential Services
  • Randall Grometstein, Professor, Behavioral Sciences
  • Linda LeBlanc, Librarian, Library
  • Nellipher Mchenga, Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Josh Spero, Professor, Economics, History and Political Science
  • George DiFrancesco, Graduate Student Representative
  • Mairead Weagle, SGA Vice President
  • Matthew Bruun, Director of Public Relations

Committee Meetings Schedule

  • September 14th, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • November 5th, 9:30 - 11:00 am
  • December 4th, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • January 20, 2021: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
  • March 17, 2021: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • 1/25/21 at 10:00 am
  • 2/22/21 at 9:00 am
  • 3/19/21 at 9:00 am
  • 4/22/21 at 8:30 am

Every other Friday 1:00 – 2:00 pm

1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7 and 5/21

  • Thursday, Oct. 1, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 17th, 8:00 AM
  • Tuesday, December 1st, 8:00 AM
  • Tuesday, December 15th, 8:00 AM

Friday 2/26 at 3:30 pm

  • Friday, Oct. 9, 2 to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, February 3rd from 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Wednesday, February 10th from 8:30 am - 9:00 am
Tuesday, February 16th from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Friday, February 26th from 9:00 am - 10:00 am
 

Every other Friday from 9:00 am – 10:30 am

1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7 and 5/21

Campus Communications

Dear Campus Community,

NECHE has nine accreditation standards by which Fitchburg State University will be evaluated as part of our comprehensive reaccreditation process that includes an evaluation team visit to campus in March of 2022.  Prior to that visit, we are required to prepare a self-study document reflecting on how our institution adheres to these standards while telling our own unique story.

We have seven separate committees that convened this fall to begin this work and are now drafting narrative.  The co-chairs and their committee members will host informational sessions on Tuesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 15 to present information on what each of these standards covers and share some of what they are learning through this process.  We encourage you to attend one or two of these sessions to learn more! If you are unable to attend, or find that you are interested in more than one standard, please plan on watching the recording sessions which will be posted to the NECHE website.

Tuesday, April 13, 3:30 pm

Standard Four, The Academic Program: Co-Chairs, Dr. Elizabeth Gordon and Dr. Becky Copper-Glenz

Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/sbf-shba-pgy

Standard Six, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship: Co-Chairs, Dr. Eric Budd and Dr. Nancy Murray 

Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/byv-zwnw-evi

Standard Seven, Institutional Resources, Co-Chairs, Dr. Robert Shapiro and Dr. Jackie Kremer  

Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/yds-vgpt-ehp

Standard Nine, Integrity, Transparency, and Public Disclosure: Co-Chairs, Dr. Jannette McMenamy and Ms. Kristin Murphy 

Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/ski-cdye-sii

Thursday, April 15, 3:30 pm

Standard 1, 2, 3, Mission and Purposes, Planning and Evaluation, Organization and Governance: Co-Chairs, Dr. DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld and Mr. Christian Estrella

Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/gkf-eqto-chz

Standard Five, Students: Co-Chairs, Dr. Eric Williams and Dr. Hank Parkinson

Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/vmw-zhpx-dcn

Standard Eight, Educational Effectiveness: Co-Chairs, Dr. John Sylvia and Dr. Cate Kaluzny 

Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/uzs-pgrx-xvz

We anticipate sharing a full draft of the self-study in September and will offer several means for you to provide input and feedback. We have approximately 90 staff, faculty and students currently working to develop this self-study.  As co-chairs overseeing the process, we have been very impressed by the level of engagement and commitment these individuals have demonstrated in this critical work. 

As always, visit our NECHE 2022 website here for more information or email neche2022@fitchburgstate.edu with questions or comments.

Thank you,

Cathy and Daneen
 

Dr. Catherine R. Canney                                            Dr. Daneen Deptula

Co-Chair, NECHE 2022 Self-Study                             Co-Chair, NECHE 2022 Self-Study

Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs                Professor, Psychological Science

Dear Campus Community,

Thank you to all the students, staff, faculty, and librarians that completed the NECHE survey.  We had participation from 400 students, 97 staff/administrators, and 102 faculty and librarians. Winners of the Dunkin gift cards have been notified and are hopefully enjoying the refreshments!

Our Standard Committees are busy reviewing the survey results.  In April, we will host open forums, presented separately by each NECHE standard subcommittee. You will be able to join those standard forums of most interest to you. At that time, we'll be able to share insights with you from these survey responses.

As always, you can check our NECHE website for additional information or email NECHE2022@fitchburgstate.edu with any questions or comments.

Take good care,

Cathy and Daneen

Dr. Catherine R. Canney                                            Dr. Daneen Deptula
Co-Chair, NECHE 2022 Self-Study                             Co-Chair, NECHE 2022 Self-Study
Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs            Professor, Psychological Science

Dear Campus Community,

As we begin the spring 2021 semester, in our hopeful New Year, we wanted to remind the campus community that we are in the process of drafting a self-study document that is required as part of our New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) ten-year comprehensive regional accreditation.  Our 18+ month process, which officially commenced this past fall, culminates with an evaluative team visit to campus in March 2022.

As part of this work, the Steering Committee has developed a campus survey to seek input from the campus community on some topics being considered within the Standards Committees. This survey will be distributed later this week and we would greatly appreciate your participation.

In addition, the Commission has issued new revised standards, which can be found here.  These standards became effective in January 2021 and are the ones by which we will be evaluated and those that we are reviewing as we write our self-study. The process of reaccreditation will both affirm our adherence to these standards and allow us the opportunity to articulate priorities for continuous improvement. We encourage you to look at the standards and reflect on them as you think about your work at the university. 

Details regarding committee membership, timelines and resources can be found at our NECHE 2022 webpage.  Please feel free to email neche2022@fitchburgstate.edu with any questions or comments.

 

Kind Regards,

Cathy                                                                            Daneen

Dr. Catherine R. Canney                                            Dr. Daneen Deptula

Co-Chair, NECHE 2022 Self-Study                             Co-Chair, NECHE 2022 Self-Study

Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs               Professor, Psychological Science

Dear Campus Community,

We are writing to remind the campus community that work continues as the University prepares for our NECHE 10 year regional comprehensive accreditation review that officially takes place in March 2022.  Our team of 90 staff, faculty, and students are working within committees to write our story.

We wanted to share that two new members have been added to the team.  Dr. Ben Railton from our English Studies Department has been appointed as the editor of our Self-Study.  Ms. Lynn Barrieau, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees will serve on the Steering Committee.  We are grateful to Ben and Lynn for participating in this critical work. 

Just as a reminder that we have created a web page that houses information about the process and includes committee membership, meeting schedules and many additional resources.  In addition, we have an email address, NECHE2022@fitchburgstate.edu, which you can use to send questions or comments anytime.

As our committees begin to construct our narrative, we will share more specifics in the coming months.

Sincerely,

Cathy and Daneen

Dr. Catherine R. Canney
Co-Chair, NECHE 2022 Self-Study
Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs

Dr. Daneen Deptula
Co-Chair, NECHE 2022 Self-Study
Professor, Psychological Science

Contact

Contact NECHE Self Study Co-Chairs Cathy Canney, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Daneen Deptula, Professor of Psychological Science, at neche2022@fitchburgstate.edu.