Peer Review Committee
The purpose of the Peer-Review Committee is to recruit, develop, and support the peer-review volunteer corps of the Commission to perform comprehensive programmatic reviews, including self-study reviews and on-site visitations, for all program levels (professional, post-professional, and residency/fellowship) for both quality assurance and quality improvement purposes.
- Todd Neuharth, MA, ATC (Chair)
- Jolene Henning, EdD, ATC
- Kelley Henderson, EdD, ATC
- Ryan Krzyzanowicz, DAT, ATC
- Amanda Benson, PhD, ATC
- Dani Moffit, PhD, ATC
- Shawn Felton, EdD, ATC
- Mark Laursen, MS, ATC
- Scott Heinerichs, EdD, ATC
Duties, Roles and Responsibilities:
- Collaborate with the board to develop and implement a board approved philosophy statement regarding the Commission’s commitment to the dual quality assurance and quality improvement accreditation processes.
- Conduct appropriate training and development of volunteers for best practices in accreditation peer-review that is consistent with Commission philosophy, policies, and procedures.
- Recommend to the board changes to Commission accreditation philosophy, and policies and procedures, as appropriate and consistent with peer-review best practices (e.g., peer-review teams, peer-reviewer feedback).
- Facilitate the recruitment, development, and maintenance of a competent corps of diverse volunteers to serve as peer-reviewers to conduct comprehensive reviews including self-study reviews and on-site visits.
- Study and recommend the optimal capacity for carrying out high quality peer-review trainings and subsequent comprehensive reviews based on the numbers of available high quality peer-reviewers.
- Develop a calendar for peer-reviewer development and conducting comprehensive programmatic reviews that is predicated on the requirement that all peer-reviewers be well trained and capable of conducting high quality comprehensive reviews.
- Propose an annual budget that includes funding for peer-reviewer development and conducting the requisite number of comprehensive reviews annually.
- Explore and recommend the appropriate potential use of virtual site visits for items such as interim reports.
- Monitor information from the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) regarding contemporary issues and best practices in higher education peer-review for comprehensive program evaluations.
- Assure that all recommended policies, procedures, and practices under the purview of the Peer-Review Committee are compliant with the current Commission on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognition standards.