Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

About Reaccreditation

Salus University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The University is currently going through a two-year self-study review process in order to reaffirm MSCHE accreditation.

The two-year self-study focuses on the University's commitment to continuous improvement and the ability to meet the mandated rigorous standards across all programs.

The process also plays a vital role in the University’s ongoing planning, assessment and accreditation processes and provides us with an opportunity to document Salus University’s impact and effectiveness as an institution of higher education.

Read the full standards for accreditation published by MSCHE 

About MSCHE

The Commission on Higher Education is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions. MSCHE is also recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit degree-granting institutions which offer one or more post-secondary educational programs of at least one academic year in length in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other geographic areas in which the Commission conducts accrediting activities.
 
Self-Study Steering Committee
Co-chairs:
  • Brooke Kruemmling, PhD, associate provost; associate professor
  • Brian Zuckerman, JD, chief of staff, compliance officer, Office of the President

Working Groups

Standard I / Mission & Goals:
  • Co-chair
    • Melissa Trego, OD, PhD, associate professor and dean, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Members
    • Daniel Pavlik, MSPAS, PA-C, CAQ-EM, associate professor, director of Didactic Education, Physician Assistant Program, College of Health Sciences
    • Amy Lustig, PhD, MPH, CCC-SLP, assistant professor, Speech-Language Pathology Program, College of Education and Rehabilitation
    • Elizabeth Sedunov, AuD, assistant professor, Osborne College of Audiology
Standard II / Ethics & Integrity:
  • Chair:
    • Lauren Sponseller, PhD, OTD, MSOTR/L, MEd, assistant professor and chair, Occupational Therapy Department, College of Education and Rehabilitation
  • Members:
    • Thomas Beeman, PhD, Salus University Board of Trustees member
    • Lindsay Bondurant, PhD, CCC-A, assistant professor, Osborne College of Audiology; director, Pennsylvania Ear Institute
    • Stanley Hatch, OD, MPH, FAAO, assistant professor, Pennsylvania College of Optometry; chief, Pediatric/Binocular Vision Services
    • Candida Mulligan, officer, Office of Admissions
       

Standard III / Design & Delivery of the Student Learning Experience:

  • Chair:
    • Elizabeth Tonkery, OD, MPH, assistant professor, associate dean, Accelerated Scholars Program, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Members:
    • Samantha DiPinto, student, Osborne College of Audiology
    • Bhawan Minhas, OD, FAAO, assistant professor, Pennsylvania College of Optometry; director, On-Campus Residency Programs; Primary Care/Ocular Disease Residency coordinator
    • Fabiana Perla, EdD, COMS, CLVT, associate professor and chair, Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies, College of Education and Rehabilitation

Standard IV / Support of the Student Experience
  • Chair:
    • James Caldwell, OD, EdM, dean, Office of Student Affairs
  • Members:
    • John Fitzgerald, III, DO, FACOG, associate professor, associate program director, medical director, and clinical director, Physician Assistant Studies Program, College of Health Sciences
    • Laine Higa, OD, FAAO, assistant professor, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
    • Monica Maisto, MS, director, Office of Admissions
    • Andrea Tyszka, OTD, MS, OTR/L, SIPT, associate professor, Occupational Therapy Program, College of Education and Rehabilitation
    • Darryl Horn, PhD, assistant professor, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
    • Andrew Muckin, student, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Standard V / Educational Effectiveness Assessment
  • Chair:
    • Gregory Benjamin, PhD, MPH, director, Institutional Research & Assessment
  • Members:
    • Rachel Ditoro, MSPAS, PA-C, associate professor, director of Educational Competency and Strategic Innovation, Physician Assistant Studies Program, College of Health Sciences
    • Jonette Owen, AuD, AuD, FNAP, CH-AP, assistant professor, assistant dean; Practice and Assessment of Audiologic Medicine; coordinator, External Clinical Education, Osborne College of Audiology
    • Caitlyn Foy, DOT, MOTR/L, assistant professor, Occupational Therapy Program; director, Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program, College of Education and Rehabilitation
Standard VI / Planning, Resources & Institutional Improvement
  • Chair:
    • Barbara Schwartz-Bechet, MS, EdD, professor and interim dean, College of Education and Rehabilitation
  • Members:
    • Don Kates, CPA, vice president, Office of Finance
    • Jill Leslie, director, Instructional Technology and Support Services
    • Carrie Knight, PhD, CCC-SLP, assistant professor, Speech-Language Pathology Program, College of Education and Rehabilitation
    • Rebecca Delia, MS, Salus University Board of Trustees, member
Standard VII / Governance, Leadership & Administration
  • Chair:
    • Melissa Vitek, OD, FAAO, assistant professor, Pennsylvania College of Optometry; director, Office of International and Continuing Education; co-director of Advanced Studies
  • Members:
    • Kathleen Youse, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, associate professor, Department Chair, Speech-Language Pathology Program, College of Education and Rehabilitation
    • Bre Myers, AuD, PhD, assistant professor, Osborne College of Audiology
    • Lynn Greenspan, OD, PhD, FAAO, assistant professor, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
    • Craig Cassey, OD, Salus University Board of Trustees, secretary