University Accreditation and Accountability Committee (UAAC)

Serve the university by providing guidance, leadership and support to institutional accreditation and effectiveness. The committee works to fulfill this purpose by:

  1. Developing timelines and procedures for accreditation processes within the guidelines of the institutional accreditor (Higher Learning Commission).
  2. Informing, engaging, and involving the university faculty, staff, administration, and students in on-going dialogue concerning university accreditation activities and progress.
  3. Facilitating university community education concerning accreditation criteria, federal compliance, policies, and procedures.
  4. Ensuring that accreditation is an on-going process by working to prepare the assurance argument, routine progress reports and any required special monitoring reports.
  5. Reviewing and monitoring the collection of institutional evidence, progress on Quality Initiative projects and any accreditation recommendations.
  6. Working with and holding the university community accountable to ensure that accreditation activities result in integrated, meaningful, and sustained university improvement.

The Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness will chair the committee. The chair will be responsible for scheduling meetings, preparing, and distributing meeting materials and other responsibilities requested by the committee. The Chair shall submit an annual written summary report of the Committee’s work to the President and Provost. Presentations will be given to relevant groups upon request and as needed to fulfill the responsibilities of the committee.

The committee will convene at the call of the chair at the start of each academic year. The committee will meet at a minimum of once each semester, but often enough to fulfill the responsibilities of the committee.

Committee Members: 2023-2024 Academic Year

Name Role
Susan Perry (chair) Associate Provost, Institutional Effectiveness 
Bill Ayres Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, Trumbull 
Lori Burchard Director, Sponsored Programs
Nicole DeCaprio Associate General Counsel
Shannon Helfinstine Associate Director, Assessment
Elizabeth Henry Director of Marketing Strategy & Research
Mary Hricko Faculty, Geauga Campus and Twinsburg Academic Center, (HLC Peer Reviewer)
John Jewell Assistant Dean, Academic Student Support Services, University College 
Jessica Marzullo Coordinator, Operations and Special Projects, AAL
Martha Merrill Faculty, EHHS (HLC Peer Reviewer)
Jennifer McDonough Senior Associate Vice President, Strategy Management
Joe Richardson Manager of Communications and Marketing, EHHS
Valerie Samuel Associate Director, Assessment and Accreditation, Student Affairs
Hollie Simpson Associate Director, Accreditation
Audrey Lemmons Project Director, Regional Campuses
Linnea Stafford Director, Institutional Research 
Therese Tillett Associate Vice President of Curriculum Planning and Administration
AY 2023-2024
Subcommittee: Quality Initiative Report
Description: Compile data and evidence to report on the outcomes of the Quality Initiative
Susan Perry
Jen McDonough
Therese Tillett
Brenda Burke
Charity Miller


Subcommittee:Multi-campus Report
Description: Identify evidence needed, contribute to the drafting and/or editing of relevant sections of the assurance argument and multi-campus report, assist in planning and scheduling campus visits
Bill Ayers
Audrey Lemmons
Shannon Helfinstine
Susan Emens
Robin Dever
Kathy Spicer
Steve Minnick
Sue Rossi


Subcommittee: Federal Compliance Filing
Description: Review processes, identify evidence and follow-up as needed
Hollie Simpson
Nichole Dicaprio
Lori Burchard
Linnea Stafford
Therese Tillett
Chris Dorsten
Brenda Burke
Amy Quillin
Cathy Walsh


Subcommittee: Communication and Education
Description: Ramp up communication, order swag, continued updates to the website, assist in planning for guest speakers to come to campus
Hollie Simpson
John Jewell
Liz Henry
Valerie Samuel
Joe Richardson
Jessica Marzullo