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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

From the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2022

MSCHE Update: New Co-chair of Self-Study Steering Committee

The Self-Study Steering Committee for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and I wish to thank Marnie Letzelter for her service to Buffalo State College as executive assistant to the dean of the Graduate School and co-chair of the steering committee. Ms. Letzelter’s work was instrumental in the initial design and successful operation of the self-study process. Please join me in wishing her well as she leaves Buffalo State for a new position.

I’m pleased to announce that Kelly Frothingham, associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, will serve as the new co-chair of the steering committee. Dr. Frothingham joined Buffalo State in 2000 as an assistant professor in the Geography and Planning Department. She received tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2006 and was promoted to full professor in 2015. For nine years, Dr. Frothingham served as department chair, leading efforts in using assessment data to engage in continuous improvement of academic programs.

In her current position, Dr. Frothingham plays a key role in oversight and support of curriculum and assessment, including a five-year academic program review, non-accredited and accredited program assessment, and general education assessment. Within the School of Arts and Sciences, she also oversees curriculum development for current programs and new curriculum initiatives, in addition to serving on collegewide committees, including the Assessment Advisory Board.

Along with Kimberly Kline, professor of higher education administration, and Kim Barron, assistant vice president for institutional effectiveness and planning, Dr. Frothingham will lead the self-study working groups. The groups continue to make progress on the development of Buffalo State’s self-study document to be submitted to our institutional accreditor, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. After the working groups have completed their individual drafts of the Standards for Accreditation, the full draft document will be available for the campus community to review. Please watch the Daily Bulletin for continued updates and the Institutional Effectiveness and Planning website for details.