Academic Affairs

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Union College has begun the process of completing a self-study as part of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) re-accreditation for our 2020 review. A steering committee led by Strom Thacker, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Peter Bedford, the John and Jane Wold Professor of Religious Studies, will oversee seven working groups to closely examine the College’s successful compliance with, and continuous improvement on, the seven MSCHE standards. The seven standards include:

  • Standard I: Mission and Goals
  • Standard II: Ethics and Integrity
  • Standard III: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience
  • Standard IV: Support for the Student Learning Experience
  • Standard V: Educational Effectiveness Assessment
  • Standard VI: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Development
  • Standard VII: Governance, Leadership, and Administration

Working groups inclusive of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and a member of the Board of Trustees were formed in the fall and will spend the winter and spring terms meeting and working together to draft chapters of the self-study related to their particular standard. A first draft of the self-study working group chapters will be completed in mid-April and there will be opportunities for the campus community to review the draft in the Spring term.

Union College Self-Study Steering Committee

Strom Thacker        
Dean of Faculty/VP Academic Affairs
Self-Study Co-Chair

Peter Bedford
John and Jane Wold Professor of Religious Studies    
Self-Study Co-Chair

Karen Brison                 
Roger Thayer Stone Professor of Anthropology; Secretary, Faculty Executive Committee
Group I Chair

Gretchel Hathaway
Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
Group II Chair

Jennifer Fredricks
Dean of Academic Departments and Programs
Group III Chair

Stephen Leavitt
VP Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Group IV Chair

Ashok Ramasubramanian
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director of Assessment
Group V Chair

Darcy Czajka
Chief of Staff, President’s  Office
Group VI Chair

Kristin Fox
Professor of Chemistry
Group VII Chair

Brian Huang
Student, President Class of 2021, Student Government
Member, Working Group IV

Laura Munkres
Associate Director, Minerva Programs
Project Manager, Middle States

Blair Raymond
Senior Director of External Relations
Project Manager, Strategic Plan