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Institutional Effectiveness & Certification
Director: Caroline Kobek Pezzarossi, Ph.DCollege Hall 410
(202) 559-5370 (videophone)
MSCHE accreditation occurs every ten years. Gallaudet’s last reaccreditation was in 2013, and was led by
Dr. Patricia Hulsebosch and Dr. Leslie Rach. The most important part of the reaccreditation process is
to conduct a self-study. We are now organizing our self-study, ahead of the MSCHE site visit during
During its self-study, an educational institution examines its structure, policies, practices, and other
infrastructure with an eye towards critical inquiry. This is an opportunity to ask ourselves what we are
doing well, what areas of support we need for success, and what we can innovate going forward. A major
reason we are accredited is so we can get Title IV funds - financial aid - for our students. This is a
complex undertaking, and involves many data points and contributions by the community.
A self-study involves you as a valuable part of our community! The MSCHE accreditation process is a
community-driven process. Your help is much needed and appreciated. We will be asking the community to
be a part of several committees led by your colleagues. We are committed to shared governance, and we
will work closely with you and your colleagues to ensure full transparency, access, and communication.
Please be on the lookout for these announcements and please work closely with your governing bodies.
This spring, we will create a Steering Committee led by two co-chairs: one from the faculty and one from
the staff. Their first task will be to support the development of the self study design which includes
the structure, focus, and implementation of the self study.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact Dr. Caroline Kobek Pezzarossi,
Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Certification. She will be happy to meet with you. Her email
address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The MSCHE self-study also has a dedicated email
Thank you for your support.
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