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The following sections address the general charges of the working groups and the specific charges and composition of each individual working group.
Specific Charges of Working Groups and Composition
Standard I – Mission and Goals
The institution’s mission defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, and what it intends to accomplish. The institution’s stated goals are clearly linked to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission.
Standard I Working Group Members
Albizu Library Director, San Juan Campus
Working Group Co-Chair, San Juan Campus
Associate Professor, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, MC
Working Group Co-Chair, Miami Campus
Research Training Director, SJC
Working Group Member, San Juan Campus
Professor, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC
Human Resources Specialist, SJC
Faculty, Master’s Programs Psychology, MC
Working Group Member, Miami Campus
Adm. Assistant to the Chancellor, MC
Special Assistant to the President & the Chancellor, MC & Group Advisor
§ Examine how the mission and goals guide all aspects of the University.
§ Examine how successful the University is in fulfilling its mission and goals.
§ Consider innovative pathways to fulfill the University’s mission and goals.
1. How do curricular and co-curricular practices and all other institutional activities reflect Albizu’s mission and goals?
Standard II – Ethics and Integrity
Ethics and integrity are central, indispensable, and defining hallmarks of effective higher education institutions. In all activities, whether internal or external, an institution must be faithful to its mission, honor its contracts and commitments, adhere to its policies, and represent itself truthfully.
Standard II Working Group Members
Assistant Professor, M.S. in Counseling Psychology, MUC
Albizu Library Director, Miami Campus
Associate Professor, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, SJC
Faculty, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC
Human Resources Specialist, MC
Director of Admissions, MC
Associate Professor, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Director of Goodman Center
§ Examine how the Albizu Strategic Plan reflects our community’s commitment to demonstrate ethical behavior and integrity in all activities.
§ Determine whether Albizu’s policies, procedures, and processes are performed in an ethical manner.
1. How does the commitment to institutional ethics is reflected in all Albizu’s policies, procedures, and processes?
2. How are regulations, contract agreements and service programs performed in an honest and ethical manner?
3. What are the mechanisms to evaluate the adherence of policies, processes, and procedures to ethics and integrity criteria?
4. How are ethical practices and integrity maintained in project proposals?
Standard III – Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience
An institution provides students with learning experiences that are characterized by rigor and coherence at all program, certificate, and degree levels, regardless of instructional modality. All learning experiences, regardless of modality, program pace/schedule, level, and setting are consistent with higher education expectations.
Standard III Working Group Members
Associate Professor, M.S. in Counseling Psychology, MUC
Director, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, MC
Jahgen De Jesus
Director, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology & Interim Director, Institutional Center for Scientific Research, SJC
Clinical Training Director, Albizu Clinic, SJC
Associate Professor, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC
Associate Professor, Undergraduate & Master’s Programs, MC
Assistant Professor, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, MC
Enrollment Specialist, PhD in Human Services student, MC
§ Examine how Albizu’s mission is addressed in the programs offered.
§ Evaluate how Albizu programs achieve the highest standard of academic excellence.
1. To what extent do the resources and facilities at Albizu support student learning?
2. What is the process to ensure continued improvement of teaching/learning practices? How is it assessed?
3. How is innovation embedded in teaching/learning practices?
4. How accurately do academic programs assess and evaluate the student learning outcomes of the programs and use those outcomes to implement needed changes in the student learning processes?
5. How qualified are Albizu faculty members to support the student learning process?
Standard IV Working Group Members
Dean of Students, SJC
Director,Student Support Services, MC
Dean of Enrollment Management, SJC
Professor, M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, SJC
Student, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC
Counselor, Dean of Students, SJC
Enrollment Specialist, MC
Assistant Professor, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, MC
§ Review how the Strategic Plan drives recruitment and admission for all programs.
§ Evaluate how Albizu’s mission is reflected in effective support services.
1. Are there sufficient services to provide students with the support needed to achieve success?
2. How effective is the design and implementation of current student services in ensuring student success?
3. How adequate is the assessment process for ensuring the continued improvement of student services?
4. How innovative are Albizu student support services?
Standard V – Educational Effectiveness Assessment
Assessment of student learning and achievement demonstrates that the institution's students have accomplished educational goals consistent with their program of study, degree level, the institution's mission, and appropriate expectations for institutions of higher education.
Standard V Working Group Members
Professor, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC
Director, Undergraduate Programs & M.S. in Exceptional Student Education, MC
Associate Professor, M.S. & Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology, SJC
Associate Professor, M.S. in Speech & Language Pathology, San Juan Campus
Director, Information Technology Systems, MC
Assistant Professor, Ph.D. in Human Services, MC
Assistant Director of Clinical Training, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, MC
§ Evaluate how Albizu’s mission and Strategic Plan are reflected in expectations of student learning and achievement.
§ Evaluate how Albizu ensures an evidence-based process that guarantees student learning assessments lead to outcomes that are then used to improve the student learning process.
1. Evaluate the effectiveness of the assessment process at all program levels.
2. Examine the process for the dissemination, evaluation, and use of assessment results.
3. Highlight student learning examples that show innovation in both teaching and student learning outcomes.
Standard VI – Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement
The institution’s planning processes, resources, and structures are aligned with each other and are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals, to continuously assess and improve its programs and services, and to respond effectively to opportunities and challenges.
Standard VI Working Group Members
Special Assistant to the Chancellor, SJC
Director of Finance, MC
Maria de Lourdes Rivera
Director of Financial Aid, SJC
Director, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC
Director, Institutional Planning & Research, Presidency
Associate Professor, M.S. in Psychology & Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, MC
Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Programs, MC
Human Resources & Administration Director, MC
§ Evaluate how Albizu’s processes, resources, and structures are consistent with the University’s mission and Strategic Plan.
§ Examine how Albizu assigns resources according to new challenges in the educational and social fields.
1. How do Albizu’s organizational structures, resources, and planning processes align with its mission and Strategic Plan?
2. How do Albizu’s assessment processes lead to improvements in programs and services and effectively address opportunities and challenges?
3. Show evidence of innovation in Albizu funding sources when compared with best practices from other institutions.
Standard VII – Governance, Leadership, and Administration
The institution is governed and administered in a manner that allows it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that effectively benefits the institution, its students, and the other constituencies it serves. Even when supported by or affiliated with governmental, corporate, religious, educational system, or other unaccredited organizations, the institution has education as its primary purpose, and it operates as an academic institution with appropriate autonomy.
Standard VII Working Group Members
Ricardo Del Rio
Alumnus and Trustee
Director, M.S. in Psychology & Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, MC
Professor, Interdisciplinary Baccalaureate, Speech/ Language Therapy Major, SJC
Maribel Del Rio- Roberts
Alumna and Trustee
Assistant Professor, Coordinator M.S. in Speech and Language Pathology, MC
Financial Aid Specialist, MC
§ Evaluate how Albizu’s mission is realized through its administrative structure.
§ Examine how Albizu’s priorities are appropriate to its commitment to academic excellence.
1. Identify how the assessment of Albizu’s governing structure is used in improving institutional governance?
2. How effective are the decision-making and communication processes of institutional governance in ensuring student success?
3. Examine innovation in the context of best practices in Albizu administration when compared with best practices from other institutions.
Verification of Compliance with Accreditation-Relevant Federal Regulations
MSCHE must validate Albizu’s compliance with accreditation-relevant federal regulations.
Compliance Working Group Members
Title IV Institutional Monitor, SJC
Julia De Llanos
Dean of Student Success, MC
Director of Finance, SJC
Director of Financial Aid, MC
To provide evidence of policies and procedures to verify institutional compliance in the following areas: