Working Groups

Working Groups

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 IMission 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

NAME

POSITION

ROLE

Aida Luz Garcia

Professor, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC

Working Group Co-Chair, San Juan Campus

Scott Hyman

Associate Professor, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, MC

Working Group Co-Chair, Miami Campus

Lymaries Padilla

 

Research Training Director, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Nanet Lopez

Professor, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Ruth Reyes

Human Resources Specialist, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Irma Barron

Faculty, Master’s Programs Psychology, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Maryvelisse Carpintero

Adm. Assistant to the Chancellor, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Mirta Miranda

Special Assistant to the President & the Chancellor, MC & Group Advisor

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

 

Specific Charges:

·       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.

Research Question:

1.  How do curricular and co-curricular practices and all other institutional activities reflect Albizu’s mission and  

goals?

 

Standard IIEthics 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

NAME

POSITION                         

ROLE

Tania Rodriguez

Assistant Professor, M.S. in Counseling Psychology, MUC

Working Group Co-Chair, San Juan Campus

Evangelina Alonso

Associate Professor, PsyD in Clinical Psychology (Adjunct PhD in Human Services), Director, Goodman Psychological Services Center

Working Group Co-Chair, Miami Campus

Maria Bustillo

 

Associate Professor, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Maritza Maldonado

Associate Professor, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Maribel Matos

Professor, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Coralee Perez

Faculty, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Elsa Vega

Human Resources Specialist, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Nancy Alvarez

Director of Admissions, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

 

Specific Charges:

·       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.

Research Questions:

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 IIIDesign 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

NAME

POSITION

ROLE

Youssef Ahmad

Associate Academic Dean, MUC

Working Group Co-Chair, San Juan Campus

Kristen Farrell-Turner

Director, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, MC

Working Group Co-Chair, Miami Campus

Jahgen De Jesus

 

Associate Professor, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Marcos Reyes

Director, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Gilda Rodriguez

Clinical Training Director, Albizu Clinic, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Israel Sanchez

Associate Professor, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology & Interim Director, Institutional Center for Scientific Research, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Floralba Arbelo

Associate Professor, Undergraduate & Master’s Programs, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Francine Hamel

Assistant Professor, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Elena Zablah

Enrollment Specialist, PhD in Human Services student, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

 

Specific Charges:

·       Examine how Albizu’s mission is addressed in the programs offered.

·       Evaluate how Albizu programs achieve the highest standard of academic excellence.

Research Questions:

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?

3.   How is innovation embedded in teaching/learning practices?

4.   How accurately do academic programs 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 IVSupport of the Student Learning Experience

 

Across all educational experiences, settings, levels, and instructional modalities, the institution recruits and admits students whose interests, abilities, experiences, and goals are congruent with its mission and educational offerings. The institution commits to student retention, persistence, completion, and success through a coherent and effective support system sustained by qualified professionals, which enhances the quality of the learning environment, contributes to the educational experience, and fosters student success.

 

Standard IV Working Group Members

NAME

POSITION

ROLE

Carmen Rivera-Laboy

Dean of Students, SJC

Working Group Co-Chair, San Juan Campus

Jeffrey Ellis

Director, Student Support Services, MC

Working Group Co-Chair, Miami Campus

Rosa Belvis

 

Dean of Enrollment Management, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Miguel Martinez

Professor, M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Antonio Escabi

Student, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Inelis Figueroa

Counselor, Dean of Students, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Gabriela Fontan,

Enrollment Specialist, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

David Saavedra

Student, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Isaac Tourgeman

Assistant Professor, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

 

Specific Charges:

·       Review how the Strategic Plan drives recruitment and admission for all programs.

·       Evaluate how Albizu’s mission is reflected in effective support services.

Research Questions:

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 VEducational 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

NAME

POSITION

ROLE

Jose Cabiya

Professor, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC

Working Group Co-Chair, San Juan Campus

Rafael Martinez

Director, Undergraduate Programs & M.S. in Exceptional Student Education, MC

Working Group Co-Chair, Miami Campus

Michel Aponte

 

Associate Professor, M.S. & Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Maribella Gonzalez

Professor, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Raymi Fernandez

Director, Information Technology Systems, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Maria Perez-Abalo

Assistant Professor, Ph.D. in Human Services, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Shannon Whorton

Assistant Director of Clinical Training, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus





 

Specific Charges:

·       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.

Research Questions:

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 VIPlanning, 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

NAME

POSITION

ROLE

Carlos Rodriguez

Special Assistant to the Chancellor, SJC

Working Group Co-Chair, San Juan Campus

Luis Barreto

Director of Finance, MC

Working Group Co-Chair, Miami Campus

Maria De L. Rivera

 

Registrar, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Doris Quero

Director of Financial Aid, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Gabriela Sifre

Director, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Yoel Velazquez

Director, Institutional Planning & Research, Presidency

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Richard Zonderman

Associate Professor, M.S. in Psychology & Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Sharrie Dean

Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Programs, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Carmen Garcia

Human Resources & Administration Director, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

 

Specific Charges:

·       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.

Research Questions:

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 VIIGovernance, 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

NAME

POSITION

ROLE

Ricardo Del Rio

Alumnus and Trustee

 

Working Group Co-Chair, San Juan Campus

Diana Barroso

Director, M.S. in Psychology & Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, MC

Working Group Co-Chair, Miami Campus

Jose Martinez

 

Professor, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Jose Rodriguez

Professor, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Nitza Rodriguez

Professor, Interdisciplinary Baccalaureate, Speech/ Language Therapy Major, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Maribel Del Rio- Roberts

Alumna and Trustee

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Dr. Sheri Feldman

Assistant Professor, Coordinator M.S. in Speech and Language Pathology, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Lilianne Martinez

Financial Aid Specialist, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

 

Specific Charges:

·       Evaluate how Albizu’s mission is realized through its administrative structure.

·       Examine how Albizu’s priorities are appropriate to its commitment to academic excellence.

Research Questions:

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

NAME

POSITION

ROLE

Carmen Rivera

Title IV Institutional Monitor, SJC

 

Working Group Co-Chair, San Juan Campus

Julia De Llanos

Dean of Student Success, MC

Working Group Co-Chair, Miami Campus

Maria de L. Rivera

 

Registrar, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Doris Quero

Director of Financial Aid, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Hector Pena

Director of Finance, SJC

Working Group Member, San Juan Campus

Fina Campa

Registrar, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Osmyn Gonzalez

Director of Financial Aid, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

Luis Barreto

Director of Finance, MC

Working Group Member, Miami Campus

 

 

 

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