ALO Forum - Change and Change Agents

Event Date: 
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

ALO Forum - Change and Change Agents Webinar

Thursday, May 28, 2020 
1:00 - 2:30pm Pacific Time


WSCUC staff work with ALOs on a regular basis to identify critical ideas and issues of concern for discussion and action from which we can all learn and benefit. Join us in an online forum to work through the impact and the changes resulting from our present circumstances and the experience of ALOs. We will feature the work of four ALOs who will highlight specific aspects of these changes and ways to think about them. Then we will all have a chance to pose questions and discuss with our panelists and WSCUC Vice Presidents.

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Jamienne S. Studley became the sixth president of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a higher education association committed to student success and a regional accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education to approve institutions at the bachelor’s degree level and above in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Rim, in January 2018. Throughout her career in higher education leadership and policy, public service, civil rights advocacy, and nonprofit management, she has worked to advance equity, access and opportunity, and public engagement and is respected for listening, collaboration, and building bridges.

Ms. Studley was deputy undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education from 2013 to 2016 and acted as under secretary and assistant secretary for postsecondary education. She was on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) from 2008 to 2013 (chair, 2011-13), and earlier was the department’s deputy and then acting general counsel (1993-1999).

She also served as president of Skidmore College and Associate Dean & Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She has been professor of practice (public policy), Mills College; adjunct faculty, UC Berkeley and Stanford Law Schools; board member, Association of American Colleges & Universities; and Visiting Committee, Harvard Law School. A graduate of Barnard College (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School, Ms. Studley also served as National Policy Advisor for Beyond 12 and a consultant on institutional effectiveness, accreditation, and leadership.

Ms. Studley's nonprofit experience includes CEO and now President Emerita of Public Advocates Inc. and executive director of the National Association for Law Placement. She serves on the boards of KQED and the Foundation for Student Success. Her volunteer activities have included chair of the San Francisco Ethics Commission and Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund; co-chair, California Civil Rights Coalition; co-founder, Washington Area Women’s Foundation and Collectors of Wood Art, and board member, SF Education Fund, Mills College, American Craft Council, and Museum of Craft and Design (SF). 

Christopher N. Oberg has participated in accreditation visits for WASC and NEASC since 1985 and currently serves on the WASC Financial Review Committee. He has held numerous administrative positions at three private institutions of higher education, including Associate Academic Dean, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, and Interim President, in California and Massachusetts. His areas of interest include organizational change, higher education finance, and governance. He has run consulting businesses in business process transformation for higher education and health care, and for entrepreneurial business development. Most recently he served as adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University, teaching in the program in higher education administration and developing a leadership program for community college professionals. Christopher received his BA in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and his PhD in higher education from Claremont Graduate University.

David Chase, Associate Vice President, Educational Programs. Prior to joining WSCUC in 2017, David was responsible for leading Academic Affairs at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles, California, which included the planning, development, and evaluation the Conservatory's academic programs and serving as the Accreditation Liaison Officer. David also held the position of Senior Associate Director of Institutional Effectiveness at the University of the Pacific, where he also served as the Assistant Dean of the Conservatory of Music and taught courses in the Music Management program and in the core seminars of Pacific’s General Education program. He earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Music degrees from Pacific’s Conservatory. David is a co-author of the book Assessment in Creative Disciplines: Quantifying and Qualifying the Aesthetic, and has published and presented workshops on assessing student learning and on teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education arts disciplines. He is a graduate of the third class of WSCUC’s Assessment Leadership Academy.

Barbara Gross Davis, Vice President, joined WASC in September 2010. For the past twenty years, she has provided service to WASC as a visiting team member, as a member of two special WASC committees, and as chair of the Substantive Change Committee. Since 1985, Barbara has held a variety of administrative positions at the University of California, Berkeley, including Assistant Vice Chancellor, Equity and Inclusion; Assistant Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education; Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Life-Educational Development; and Dean of Educational Development. Her areas of interest include faculty development, instructional improvement, and the evaluation of teaching and learning. She has served as a consultant to educational organizations, federal agencies and other universities on a variety of projects; she has also conducted workshops, developed online multimedia materials, and written on topics related to teaching, learning and evaluation. Her book, Tools for Teaching, published by Jossey-Bass, is now in its Second Edition. Barbara received her BA, MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mark Goor, Vice President, has over 40 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator in public schools, and in higher education as professor, Dean of the College of Education, and Special Assistant to the Provost. As professor, Mark published books and articles on special education and taught assessment at George Mason University and taught team facilitation in the doctoral program in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne. For 15 years, he has been active in accreditation activities, leading teams for NCATE reviews and participating on WSCUC visiting teams and interim report teams. Additionally, Mark is a graduate of the WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy. Most recently, as ALO, Mark has led the University of La Verne in building a university-wide assessment system in collaboration with the WSCUC Community of Practice initiative. Mark has a BS in Speech Pathology from the University at Albany, MEd in Special Education from the University of Denver, and a PhD from the University of Virginia in Special Education Leadership.

Tamela H. Hawley, Vice President, joined WASC in October 2016. She came to WASC from the San Jose Evergreen Community College District where she served as Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success. Since 1994, Tamela has held a variety of roles within higher education, including as faculty in the College Student Personnel Department at the University of Maryland; Associate Dean at Trinity College in Washington, DC; Dean of Institutional Research at Prince George’s Community College; and Director of Research at Baltimore County Public Schools. While in Maryland, she served on numerous visiting teams for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Tamela has been involved in quality improvement for over 15 years, serving as an examiner for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and as a judge and trainer for the California Council for Excellence. She also supports youth sports by serving as a superior judge for the United States Gymnastics Association. Her areas of interest include measuring institutional effectiveness in higher education and increasing access and achievement for diverse student populations. Tamela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Higher Education & Work and a Ph.D. in Higher Education & Social Change from UCLA.

Dr. Stephanie Huie, Vice President, joined WSCUC in January 2020. She came to WASC from The University of Texas System Administration where she served as vice chancellor for the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. Dr. Huie is recognized for her work in leading the development of comprehensive information for students and families to make academic and financial decisions to support post-graduation employment and success. Prior to joining The University of Texas System, she served in several roles at Huston-Tillotson University: interim associate provost for academic affairs, director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, and accreditation liaison. She led major initiatives such as revision of the strategic plan and successful application for reaffirmation with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  Prior to her work in higher education administration, Dr. Huie worked as a research professional for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and for Southwestern Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL). Her undergraduate degree is in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also received her master's and doctoral degrees in sociology. She is a graduate of Harvard University's Institute for Education Management (IEM) and has completed the planning certification program through the Society for College and University Planners (SCUP).  Dr. Huie’s responsibilities include guiding WSCUC’s implementation under a major Lumina Foundation grant. 

Maureen A. Maloney was a member of the Graduate Theological Union Student Affairs staff for 18 years before joining WASC in October 2012. Moe served as the GTU Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students from 2004 to 2012. Her previous roles at GTU included Assistant/Associate Dean for the Doctoral Program and Student Life Coordinator. Before joining the GTU staff, Moe was a research assistant with another consortium, the National Center for Research in Vocational Education. From 1984 through 1991, Moe was the head women’s basketball coach for San Francisco State University. Moe has an Ed.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.S. in Physical Education Administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration-Marketing from the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests are in higher education organizational theory, teaching and learning, student retention and graduation, and faculty development.

Dr. Susan (Sue) Opp joined WSCUC as Vice President in January 2020.  Before coming to WSCUC, she served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime).  At Cal Maritime, Sue was instrumental in developing strategic plans, improving the meaning and measurement of student success, enhancing shared governance, and fostering and supporting faculty scholarship.  Prior to joining Cal Maritime, Sue spent over 25 years at California State University, East Bay, rising through the ranks from Assistant to Full Professor of Biological Sciences and serving as the Chair of the Academic Senate.  In 2010, Sue was appointed as the Associate Vice President of Academic Programs and Graduate Studies at CSU East Bay.  As AVP, Sue was responsible for undergraduate and graduate curriculum development and approval, assessment of student learning, development of institutional learning outcomes, and a number of student success initiatives.  Sue also served as the WSCUC ALO for Cal State East Bay and led the university through a successful self-study process and accreditation visit.  Sue has a B.A. in Biology from San Francisco State University, an M.S. in Entomology from University of California, Riverside, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Institute for Education Management (IEM). 

Linda Petersen joined WSCUC in 2016 to direct research efforts of the agency. She has held several research, teaching, and administrative positions in higher education, including Associate Director for Operations for the Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to that, she served as Program Manager at the University of California Office of the President for a system-wide project devoted to increasing faculty diversity, and as Associate Director for Research for Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), a joint effort between the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University. Linda also has experience in education law and worked for the California Department of Education’s legal office, as both a legal researcher and as a state Special Education Mediator. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Education at the University of California, Berkeley.