Distance Learning and HLC Accreditation
This year we will be taking a deeper dive into Distance Learning from the perspective of HLC accreditation reviewers. Dr. Karen Solomon, Vice President for Accreditation Relations of the Higher Learning Commission and Dr. Marius Boboc, Professor of Education and Vice Provost for Academic Planning at Cleveland State University will both be presenting HLC/C-RAC distance learning guidelines and what reviewers look for from an evidence perspective. Exercises will be included that allow for self- assessment of our individual institutions and developing plans for improvement. Additionally, our group will be able to provide feedback on the guidelines themselves! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!
Dr. Marius Boboc
Dr. Marius Boboc is Professor of Education and Vice Provost for Academic Planning at Cleveland State University (CSU) in Cleveland, OH. Marius earned his M.A. in Teacher Leadership from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. His work experience includes being the Director of the Office of Student Learning Assessment at CSU from January 2008 to June 2012. During that time, he was able to co-chair the Self Study for re-accreditation and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) site visit for re-accreditation. Part of his portfolio, he was involved in program review and strategic planning processes, the evaluation of the General Education program as well as that of online programming offered by CSU, in addition to managing the assessment procedures for all academic and student support service units across campus. He has served as peer reviewer and team chair for NCA/HLC, Quality Matters, and AdvancED.
Following his 5-year tenure in the Assessment office, Marius became the chair of the Department of Curriculum and Foundations, the second largest department in the College of Education and Human Services at CSU. In that capacity, he oversaw budget and personnel, scheduling, advising, hiring of staff (both teaching and non-instructional), marketing of programs, and close collaboration with the Center for Urban Education (CUE).
Since 2016, Marius has overseen the Office of Academic Planning. In that capacity, he manages strategic planning, student learning assessment, academic program review and institutional research and analysis, e-Learning, as well as Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, among many other responsibilities.
His teaching load includes undergraduate courses in general methods of teaching, student assessment, introduction to education, as well as graduate courses in curriculum theory, classroom management, international and comparative education, and urban education policy (at the doctoral level).
Marius’ research interests relate to online instruction (ranging design to implementation and evaluation), assessment and accreditation in higher education, postmodern education, leadership in higher education, and teacher preparation reform. His work has been published as books by Sage Publications, Cengage Learning and IGI Global, as book chapters by Information Age Publishing and IGI Global, in journal articles in Brock Education Journal, TechTrends, International Journal of Learning and Development, International Journal of Education, Journal of Engaged Learning, Electronic Journal of eLearning, Science Scope, and the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, as well as book reviews by Teachers College Record. Research currently under contract by Sense Publishers focuses on the use of assessment data to inform curriculum development in higher education, as well as postmodernism in education, both representing book expected to be in print in 2020.
Dr. Karen J. Solomon
Karen J. Solomon, Vice President for Accreditation Relations, joined the Commission in 2003 and has served as liaison for more than 300 institutions. She is also Director of the Commission’s Standard Pathway and served on the steering committee charged with developing new accreditation processes. Since 2016, she has been leading HLC’s Lumina Foundation grant focused on innovation and student success
Dr. Solomon serves as a public representative on the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Council of Representatives and is a past chair of the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) Executive Council. She served as a reviewer of good practices for INQAAHE and has been a consultant, presenter or peer reviewer for developing and newly formed accrediting agencies in Barbados, Saudi Arabia, and Trinidad and Tobago. She regularly meets with representatives from developing international accrediting agencies and leads workshops and presentations on a range of topics including assessment of student learning; distance education and technology; adult education programs; direct assessment; and service-learning.
Dr. Solomon was the founding Executive Director of Illinois Campus Compact and an Education Associate, Outcomes Assessment at ACT, Inc. She also served in various roles at Benedictine University, North Central College and Northern Illinois University. She holds an Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University with a focus on adult learners and educational technology, a MBA from Benedictine University and a B.A. from North Central College.