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Higher Learning Commission Accreditation

HLC/NCA Self-Study Writing Teams

Members of the writing teams were appointed jointly by the steering committee and writing team co-chairs. The writing team members were selected based on their expertise, interdisciplinary focus and ability to represent widely UC’s academic programs.

Criterion One: Mission and Integrity

The university operates with integrity to ensure the fulfillment of its mission through structures and processes that involve the board, the administration, faculty, staff and students.


  • Cheryl Albrecht, associate dean, University Libraries
  • Charles Collins, associate dean, College of Medicine

Team Members

  • Marianne Kunnen-Jones, special assistant for University Communications, Office of the President/Governmental Relations and University Communications
  • Karen Monzel, associate dean, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP)
  • Nancy Creaghead, head of the department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, College of Allied Health Sciences
  • Ann Welsh, professor of management, College of Business
  • Stacy Downing, director, Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD)

Criterion Two: Preparing for the Future

The university’s allocation of resources and its processes for evaluation and planning demonstrate its capacity to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its education and respond to future challenges and opportunities.


  • Peg Allensworth, senior associate vice president, Administration and Finance
  • Tom Cruse, associate provost

Team Members

  • Mary Beth McGrew, associate vice president of Campus Planning & Design, Office of the University Architect
  • Carol Metzger, Office of the Controller, Administration and Finance
  • Mike Lieberman, dean, Instructional Research and Computing
  • Laura Fidler, associate senior vice president, Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affairs
  • Xinhao Wang, professor of planning, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning

Criterion Three: Student Learning and Effective Teaching

The university provides evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates it is fulfilling its educational mission.


  • John Bryan, associate professor, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
  • Laura Kretschmer, professor, College of Allied Health Sciences

Team Members

  • Pamela Person, director of the Center for First Year Experience (FYE) and Learning Communities
  • Wayne Hall, vice provost, Faculty Development
  • Carol Tonge Mack, assistant academic director, Center for Exploratory Studies
  • Brenda LeMaster, professor, Professional Practice
  • Ricardo Moena, associate professor of mathematical sciences, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
  • Amy Pettigrew, associate professor, College of Nursing
  • Missy Laine, associate professor of literacy and assistant department head for humanities, media and cultural studies, College of Applied Science
  • Lora Arduser, field service assistant professor of English and comparative literature, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
  • Lisa Meloncon, assistant professor of English and comparative literature, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

Criterion Four: Acquisition, Discovery and Application of Knowledge

The university promotes a life of learning for its faculty, administration, staff and students by fostering and supporting inquiry, creativity, practice and social responsibility in ways consistent with its mission.


  • Gigi Escoe, vice provost, Assessment & Student Learning 
  • Tina Whalen, department head, rehabilitation sciences, College of Allied Health Sciences

Team Members

  • Lou Ann Emerson, senior associate dean, College of Nursing
  • Mitch Leventhal, vice provost, UC International
  • Barbara Bardes, professor of political science, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
  • Paul Bishop, professor of engineering, College of Engineering
  • Janice Denton, professor, chemical sciences, UC Blue Ash College
  • Bob Zierolf, associate university dean, the Graduate School
  • Edward Al Hearn, director, Academic Community Partnerships

Criterion Five: Engagement and Service

As called for by its mission, the university identifies its constituencies and serves them in ways that both value.


  • Thomas Hadley, associate vice president, Student Affairs and Services
  • Frank Russell, director, UC Community Design Center

Team Members

  • Mary Stagaman, associate vice president, Governmental Relations and University Communications and executive director, Center for the City
  • Dorothy Air, associate senior vice president, Entrepreneurial Affairs
  • George Vredeveld, director, UC Economics Center for Education & Research
  • Gerry Siegert, associate vice president, Community Development
  • Esther Erkins, senior research associate, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
  • Kathy Dick, director, UC Center for Community Engagement (CCE)