Linda is an internationally recognized consultant, speaker, writer, and workshop facilitator on a broad variety of higher education assessment and accreditation topics. The second edition of her book Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide (Jossey-Bass) is one of the best-selling books on assessment in higher education. Her latest book Five Dimensions of Quality: A Common Sense Guide to Accreditation and Accountability (Jossey-Bass) features a foreword by Stan Ikenberry. Linda's plainspoken, open-minded, sensitive approach respects all backgrounds and disciplines and builds trust and rapport.
Linda served seven years as a Vice President at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and now works with colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad as well as with those in the Middle States region. With over 35 years of experience in higher education administration, Linda understands how colleges work. Her prior positions include serving as Director of the American Association for Higher Education's Assessment Forum, Associate Vice President for Assessment & Institutional Research at Towson University, Assistant to the President for Planning at Millersville University, and as Director of Institutional Research at the State University of New York College at Oswego. She has hands-on experience in assessment, institutional research, strategic planning, and quality management.
Linda has taught graduate courses in assessment and educational research methods and undergraduate courses in writing, statistics, and developmental mathematics. Linda holds a B.A. in Quantitative Studies from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in Educational Measurement and Statistics from the University of Iowa.
Michael F. Middaugh
Michael F. Middaugh is a nationally acknowledged authority on strategic planning and assessment at colleges and universities, particularly as those processes relate to institutional accreditation requirements. He is also nationally renowned for his work on instructional productivity and cost containment. He is the author of Planning and Assessment in Higher Education: Demonstrating Institutional Effectiveness. (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2009) and Understanding Faculty Productivity: Standards and Benchmarks for Colleges and Universities (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2001), as well as numerous book chapters and articles on instructional costs, faculty productivity, and institutional effectiveness.
In June 2011, he retired from the University of Delaware where he was employed for 26 years as Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, and prior to that as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning. Before coming to the University of Delaware, he served as Chief Institutional Research Officer on two campuses within the State University of New York System. He has served as Commissioner and Chair of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of six regional accrediting bodies in the United States, is a Past President of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), and Past President of both the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR). He served as Executive editor of Planning for Higher Education, the official journal of the Society for College and University Planning, and is the recipient of both the AIR and NEAIR Distinguished Service Awards, as well as the AIR John E. Stecklein
Distinguished Member Award for extraordinary contributions to the field of institutional research, and the SCUP Distinguished Service Award.
He holds the Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Fordham University, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the Doctor of Education from the State University of New York at Albany
Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank Group’s Lead Tertiary Education Specialist and Coordinator of its Network of Tertiary Education Specialists. He serves as the World Bank's focal point on the topic of tertiary education, and provides advice and support to country-level related projects that the Bank has in more than 60 countries. As part of his activities, he serves as coordinator of the internal thematic group on tertiary education, which helps facilitate exchange of ideas among the Bank’s more than 90 staff members and consultants involved in tertiary education initiatives across the globe.
Before joining the World Bank Group, from 1995 to 2012, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC), a network of more than 180 tertiary education institutions and related organizations from Canada, U.S.A. and Mexico, and 10 more countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. CONAHEC is headquartered at the University of Arizona, U.S.A., where he also served as Assistant Vice President for Western Hemispheric Programs.
Previously, he was an American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His past positions include Vice President for Administration and Finance, and Academic Vice President at the Universidad de las Américas in Mexico. At the University of Arizona, he served as an Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education and as Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies.
He has taught at several universities and has published on tertiary education management and internationalization. He has been part of OECD and World Bank peer review teams conducting evaluations of tertiary education in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
During the 2005-2006 academic year, while on sabbatical leave, he collaborated as an International Consultant at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Programme on Institutional Management of Higher Education (IMHE), based in Paris.
Currently, he serves on advisory boards at World Education Services (WES), The Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at UNICATT in Milan, among others.
Marmolejo holds a M.A. in Organizational Administration from the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP) in Mexico, received public administration training at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University, and has conducted doctoral work at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
He regularly speaks and writes on a wide range of tertiary education issues. His international education experience has taken him to more than 60 countries around the world, where he has worked with universities, governments and international associations on international education projects over more than 30 years.
John H. Schuh
John H. Schuh is distinguished professor emeritus of educational leadership and policy studies at Iowa State University where he was department chair for six and one half years. Previously he held administrative and faculty assignments at Wichita State University, Indiana University (Bloomington) and Arizona State University. He received his Master of Counseling and Ph.D. degrees from Arizona State. He served for more than 20 years as a reserve officer in the United States Army Medical Service Corps, being assigned to the retired reserve with the rank of major in 1991.
Schuh is the author, co-author, or editor of over 235 publications, including 27 books and monographs, 75 book chapters, and over 110 articles. Among his books are Assessment Methods for Student Affairs, One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice (with Kathleen Manning and Jillian Kinzie), Student Success in College (with George D. Kuh, Jillian Kinzie and Elizabeth Whitt). Currently he is associate editor of the New Directions for Student Services Sourcebook Series after serving as editor for 13 years. He was associate editor of the Journal of College Student Development for 14 years and was book review editor of The Review of Higher Education from 2008-2010. Schuh has made over 260 presentations and speeches to campus-based, regional, national, and international meetings. He has served as a consultant to more than 80 institutions of higher education and other educational organizations.
Schuh has served on the governing boards of the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (twice) and the Association of College and University Housing Officers (twice), and the Board of Directors of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Foundation. He is a member of the Evaluator Corps of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools where he also serves as a Team Chair for accreditation visits.
John Schuh has received the Research Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Contribution to Knowledge Award from the American College Personnel Association, the Contribution to Research or Literature Award and the Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. The American College Personnel Association elected him as a Senior Scholar Diplomat. Schuh was chosen as one of 75 Diamond Honorees by ACPA in 1999 and a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA in 2001. He is a member of the Iowa Academy of Education. He has received a number of institutional awards including the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, his undergraduate alma mater.
Schuh received a Fulbright award to study higher education in Germany in 1994, was named to the Fulbright Specialists Program in 2008, and had a specialists’ assignment in South Africa in 2012. He has been engaged with institutions of higher education in Scotland, England, Germany, Syria, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Ireland, Macau, Malaysia, South Africa and Saudi Arabia