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Upstate Medical University MSCHE Self-Study Steering Committee Charge & Membership


The Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing the decennial Self-Study process in preparation for the site visit by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


  1. Determine the key issues for Self-Study from the MSCHE Standards and Upstate Mission
  2. Approve a Self-Study Design
  3. Monitor progress of Working Groups
  4. Promote communication plan with Upstate community, including an institutional-wide review of the draft Self-Study
  5. Arrange for institution-wide review of and response to draft Self-Study
  6. Approve the final Self-Study Report
  7. Participate in visits by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education liaison, the team Chair, and the Evaluation Team.

Meeting Schedule: Group will meet approximately every two months.

Meeting Minutes

Below are meeting minutes for the Steering Committee

Meeting Minutes 2-6-17

Meeting Minutes 3-16-17

Meeting Minutes 6-28-17

Meeting Minutes 9-5-17

Meeting Minutes 12-4-17

Meeting Minutes 12-13-17

Meeting Minutes 12-19-17

Meeting Minutes 5-25-18

Meeting Minutes 7-30-18

Meeting Minutes 9-7-18

Meeting Minutes 10-26-18

NameTitleRole on Steering Committee
Lynn ClearyVP, Academic AffairsCo-Chair
Jay BrennerChair, Faculty GovernanceCo-Chair
Danielle Laraque-ArenaPresidentMember
Tom TaylorChair of the University CouncilMember
Lisa PhelanDirector, Accreditation & ComplianceMember
Lisa NeerukondaCoordinator, Accreditation & ComplianceMember
Julio LicinioDean and Senior Vice President, College of MedicineMember
Gloria LopezAssociate Vice President and Chief Diversity OfficerMember
Tammy Austin-KetchDean, College of NursingMember
Adham AlifaragPresident of Upstate Student GovernmentStudent Member
Ramesh SachdevaSVP, Strategic AffairsWorking Group 1 Co-Chair
Mantosh DewanDistinguished Service Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesWorking Group 1 Co-Chair
Michael JurbalaDirector, Internal AuditWorking Group 2 Co-Chair
Joan O'BrienSenior Associate Dean, College of Health ProfessionsWorking Group 2 Co-Chair
Katherine BeissnerInterim Dean College of Health ProfessionsWorking Group 3 Co-Chair
Ann BotashDistinguished Teaching Professor, PediatricsWorking Group 3 Co-Chair
Julie WhiteDean, Student AffairsWorking Group 4 Co-Chair
Margaret MaimoneAssociate Professor, Cell and Developmental BiologyWorking Group 4 Co-Chair
Lauren GermainDirector, Evaluation, Assessment, & ResearchWorking Group 5 Co-Chair
Sue GrahamAssociate Dean, College of Health ProfessionsWorking Group 5 Co-Chair
Eric SmithVP, Administration and FinanceWorking Group 6 Co-Chair
Grace VanNortwickChief of StaffWorking Group 6 Co-Chair
Mark SchmittDean, College of Graduate StudiesWorking Group 7 Co-Chair
Kerry Greene-DonnellyAssistant Professor, College of Health Professions - Medical Imaging SciencesWorking Group 7 Co-Chair
Leah CaldwellAssistant Vice President, Marketing and University CommunicationsCommunications Team Chair