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Middle States Accreditation

Cabrini University is fully accredited by the regional accreditor—Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

This is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions.

The MSCHE currently includes institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. 

You can view our Institutional Profile on MSCHE’s website

On July 2, 2015, Middle States reaffirmed our accreditation and recognized Cabrini for outstanding progress.

Self Study

Cabrini University is currently in the Self Study process. View the 2022 Self Study Design Document.

Check back here for on-going updates as we move through this process.  

Self-Study Timeline

Date(s) 

Activity/Task 

 Fall 2021

 Steering Committee attends Self Study Institute; Inclusive Process for inviting participation in Working Groups; Begin Self Study Design

 January 12, 2022 

Video Conference with VP Liaison (tri-chairs) 

 Early 2022 

Complete Self Study Design (must be submitted 2 weeks prior to visit – March 15th) 

 March 31, 2022 

Visit by VP Liaison (virtual) 

 Sept 2022 

Team Chair Selection 

 Fall 2022-Early Spring 2023 

Working on Self Study Draft 

 Spring 2023 

Finalize the Draft to submit to Chair 

 Late Spring 2023 

Chair’s Preliminary visit 

 Summer 2023 

Finalize Self Study based on feedback from Chair 

 Late summer 2023 

Submit final Self Study 

 Fall 2023 

On-Site Evaluation 

 March 2024 

Commission action 

 

Steering Committee 

Tri-chairs

  • Todd Matthews, PhD - Professor and Chair, Department of Leadership and Organization Development and Change
  • Michelle Filling-Brown, PhD - Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, Professor of English
  • Richie Gebauer, EdD – Assistant Dean, Retention and Student Success

  • Dawn Francis, EdD – Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communications
  • Beverly Bryde, EdD – Dean, School of Education
  • David Madway – Instructor, Department of Mathematics
  • Melissa Terlecki, PhD – Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology
  • Caroline Nielsen, PhD – Associate Professor, Biology
  • Richard Thompson, PhD – Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Kimberly Boyd, PhD – Dean, Retention and Student Success
  • Katie Farina, PhD – Associate Professor, Criminology
  • Courtney Smith, PhD – Professor, History and Political Science, Assistant Dean for the Core
  • Colleen Lelli, EdD – Professor, Education
  • Tim Mantz, DBA – Dean, School of Business and Professional Studies
  • Sheryl Fuller-Espie, PhD, DIC – Professor, Biology
  • Stephen Highsmith - Vice President of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs

Working Group 1 – Mission and Goals 

Dawn Francis, EdD – Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communications (Co-Chair) 

Beverly Bryde, EdD – Dean, School of Education (Co-Chair) 

  • Anne Schwelm – Library Director 
  • Celia Szelwach, DBA, PMP – Professor of Practice, Department of Leadership & Organization Development and Change  
  • Angela N. Campbell, PhD – Vice President of Mission, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Student Engagement 
  • Fr. David A. Driesch, O.Praem. – University Chaplain 
  • Ronald W. Whitaker II, EdD – Assistant Professor, Education, Director of District and School Relations 
  • Sister Christine Marie Baltas, MSC – Campus Ministry Associate 
  • Thomas Conway, EdD – Associate Professor and Chair, Education 
  • Raymond Ward, PhD – Director of The Wolfington Center 
  • Carolyn Berenato, EdD – Chair Educational Specialist Department and Assistant Professor, Education 

Working Group 2 – Ethics and Integrity 

David Madway – Instructor, Mathematics (Co-Chair) 

Melissa Terlecki, PhD – Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology (Co-Chair) 

  • Chuck Colella – Director, Graduate Admissions 
  • Ruta Clair, PsyD – Assistant Professor, Psychology 
  • Trish Bradley – Director, Institutional Communications and Web Strategy 
  • Lailah Dunbar, MS, MEd – Director, Department of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 
  • Jackie Neary – Title IX Deputy, Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach 
  • Shana DeRosa – Director, Academic Advising 
  • MaryKate Sapata – Senior Financial Aid Counselor 

Working Group 3 – Design and Delivery of Student Learning Experience 

Caroline Nielsen, PhD – Associate Professor, Biology (Co-Chair) 

Richard Thompson, PhD – Dean, School of Arts and Sciences (Co-Chair) 

  • Amy Persichetti, EdD – Associate Professor and Chair, Writing and Narrative Arts  
  • Anjuli Gairola, PhD – Chair and Assistant Professor, Health and Exercise Sciences 
  • John Doyle, MA – Assistant Professor, Communication 
  • MaryLou Denesowicz – Assistant to Dean, Arts and Sciences 
  • Bridget A. O’Donnell – Director, Student Engagement and Leadership 
  • Marita Hurst - Assistant Registrar 
  • Bethany Van Brown, PhD – Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminology 
  • Alia Sheety, PhD – M.Ed. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Coordinator, Associate Professor, Graduate Education 
  • Student Government Association Representative

Working Group 4 – Support of the Student Experience 

Kimberly Boyd, PhD – Dean, Retention and Student Success (Co-Chair) 

Katie Farina, PhD – Associate Professor, Criminology (Co-Chair) 

  • Aileen O’Dowd – Assistant Director of Financial Aid 
  • Rebecca Steffy – Writing Center Coordinator 
  • Charlie Spencer – Director, International, Transfer, and Military Recruitment 
  • Anne Filippone, PhD – Dean, Student Engagement and Leadership, Co-Director, Nerney Leadership Institute 
  • Valerie Sas – Assoicate Registrar 
  • Mariana Cruz-Sanchez – Undergraduate Student

Working Group 5 – Educational Effectiveness Assessment 

Courtney Smith, PhD – Professor, History and Political Science, Assistant Dean for the Core (Co-Chair) 

Colleen Lelli, EdD – Undergraduate PreK-4 w/Special Education Program Coordinator, Associate Professor, Education (Co-Chair) 

  • Nancy Watterson, PhD – Professor, History and Political Science
  • Matt Reid, PhD – Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminology 
  • Tyler Bond – Admissions Counselor 
  • Amber Gentile, EdD – Middle-Level Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor, Education

Working Group 6 – Planning, Resources and Institutional Improvement 

Laura Chisholm, EdD – Executive Director of Grants and Foundation Relations (Co-Chair)

Tim Mantz, DBA – Dean, School of Business and Professional Studies (Co-Chair) 

  • James Cooper – Vice President of Finance and Administration 
  • Elizabeth Brenner, EdD – Director of Research, Academic Affairs 
  • Gerry Donahue – Registrar 
  • Patty Smith – Director of Facilities 
  • Vinayak Mathur, PhD – Assistant Professor, Biology 

Working Group 7 – Governance, Leadership, and Administration 

Sheryl Fuller – Espie, PhD, DIC – Professor, Biology (Co-Chair) 

Stephen Highsmith – Vice President of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs (Co-Chair)

  • Molly Harty – Director, Marketing 
  • Erin McLaughlin, PhD – Professor and Chair, Business 
  • Jeanne Komp – Professor and Chair, Visual and Performing Arts 
  • Paul Wright, PhD – Associate Professor, Writing and Narrative Arts 
  • Nancy Ollinger – Director, Trustee Administration and Presidential Initiatives  
  • Anton Shufutinsky, PhD, DHSc – Assistant Professor in the Organization Development and Change
  • Erin Gabriele, MS – Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development 

Editing Working Group 

  • Todd Matthews, PhD - Professor and Chair, Department of Leadership and Organization Development and Change 
  • Michelle Filling-Brown, PhD - Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, Professor of English  
  • Stephen Grieco, DMA – Assistant Professor of Music 
  • Adam Altman, EdD – Electronic Resources and Systems Librarian  
  • Sarah Alstrom - Graduate Assistant and Alumni