W10 - Navigating Substantive Change
Learn the basics of the substantive change review process. This workshop is designed to provide participants with the tools needed to assist their institutions with the development of substantive change proposals in order to incorporate the approval process into planning and resource allocation. Any recent changes in federal and WSCUC policy will be discussed. Examples of good practices and model elements, including resources and templates to help you get through the process successfully, will be shared. We will also look at common reasons why substantive change proposals are not approved and provide tools for avoiding these pitfalls. We will leave time at the end for individual questions about your upcoming proposals.
Jeff Ewing joined WSCUC in February 2015 in a consultant position as Special Assistant for Operations. He is focusing on the training of peer evaluators and the development of a volunteer management program. Having recently moved to California, Jeff previously served as the Director for Accreditation and Volunteer Services for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Before working for Middle States, he spent 19 years at Arcadia University in suburban Philadelphia. While at Arcadia, he served in various Student Affairs roles including Dean of Students and served for four years in the President’s Office as the Executive Assistant to the President, Affirmative Action Officer and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. Jeff attended the University of Virginia where he earned his B.A. in Asian Studies and his M.Ed. in Counseling.
Brenda Barham Hill, WASC Associate, joined WASC in 2010. Her responsibilities include providing support staff for the Substantive Change review process and the management of complaints filed against WASC accredited institutions. Brenda’s experience with WASC includes over 30 years as an evaluation team member and chair as well as service on a number of WASC committees. She has held a variety of positions in higher education administration for four independent and one public institution during her career, including assistant graduate dean, senior development officer, interim dean of students and vice president for planning and research. She retired as CEO of Claremont University Consortium in 2006. Brenda is based in Claremont, CA where she served the bulk of her career at several of The Claremont Colleges. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education from the Claremont Graduate University.
Karen Graham joined the WASC staff with 44 years’ experience as a High School Teacher, Community College Instructor, University Professor, Department Chair, Dean, and retired as Vice Chancellor of Faculty Affairs and ALO at Chapman University. She obtained her MA in Analytic Philosophy and her PhD in Policy, Curriculum, and Instruction at The Ohio State University and has published and presented nationally and internationally on the evaluation of instruction, the mission of higher education, assessment strategies, faculty engagement in assessment, and professional development initiatives in higher education. She has been a member of the WASC Substantive Change Committee and has participated on dozens of accreditation teams for NCATE, MACTE (Michigan), OACTE (Ohio), North Central, and WASC. Her administrative positions have included traditional campuses, international campuses, distance education initiatives, competency-based education, and distributed campuses across multiple states. A staunch advocate for higher education’s rigorous self-governance rather than external governance, she is now a part-time WASC Associate supporting the work of Substantive Change Review panels.