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Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation

Bay Path University
Longmeadow, MA

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Category:: Administrative / Staff
Department:: 01-51-5110-VP Academic Affairs
Locations:: Longmeadow, MA
Posted:: Aug 9, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-Time Salaried (Exempt)
Position ID:: 134928

About Bay Path University:

When Bay Path opened its doors to students in 1897, it had a very clear goal: to provide a practical, affordable, and career-oriented education to meet the needs of companies, organizations, and communities. From the beginning, Bay Path prided itself on being entrepreneurial, constantly pushing the boundaries of the academic experience to fit the start them on the road of success. We still do.

Today, that spirit and philosophy is more important than ever in higher education. At Bay Path, it's not just the number and breadth of undergraduate and graduate programs that defines us-and we have many-but it is our ability to connect the classroom to learning to leadership to experience to career that is at the core of what we do best. We know the work that needs to be done.

Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and is a member of the Women's College Coalition. With a main campus in Longmeadow, MA and three satellite locations, (East Longmeadow, Sturbridge, Concord), Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.

We're committed to preparing our students to navigate a constantly changing world. Whether it is one of our innovative academic programs, groundbreaking online learning platform, or through our Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders initiative, we educate our students in ways that will help them to grow, learn to adapt, and always to flourish. Be part of the change.

We invite you to visit our website at where you can learn more about Bay Path University.

Job Description:

  • Position Code: DIEA
  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Standard Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Exempt: Yes
  • Position Location: Longmeadow, MA

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation oversees a broad portfolio with a primary focus on providing lead oversight of academic affairs administration and operations including assessment and outcomes, accreditation, new program approval processes, academic policy development, Title IX reporting, and academic integrity. The Dean oversees the Title IX University Coordinator and assists with resolving educational compliance issues including academic integrity and academic and social behavioral matters. The Dean provides direct supervision for the Senior Director of Accreditation and the Title IX University Coordinator. A prime problem solver, the Dean works with appropriate campus partners to develop appropriate strategies to provide redress for a wide range of issues.

In collaboration with the VPAA, the Dean is ultimately responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient operation of Academic Affairs as well as the University's accreditation and compliance obligations.

Essential Duties:

Academic Operations and Communications

  • Serves on the Commencement Committee.
  • Oversee daily operations of the Academic Affairs Operations, Accreditation, and the Curricular Effectiveness and Outcomes.
  • Oversee the development and management of the documentation related to accreditation, curriculum, and assessment.
  • Serve as the liaison with the Dean's offices to ensure that logistical support needs for new faculty and academic staff related to accreditation, curriculum development, and assessment are anticipated and accommodated.
  • Generates an annual University side report related to program assessment review and disseminates documents to appropriate stakeholders.
  • Serve as a member of key University and Academic Affairs Committees.
  • Assist with Board of Trustees meeting preparation.

Educational Compliance and Accreditation

  • Oversee annual required training on FERPA and Title IX.
  • Manage all aspects of the regional accreditation process and, with campus partners, the specialized accreditation processes for specific programs.
  • Oversees curriculum changes via the approval and processing of all P Forms.
  • In consultation with appropriate academic affairs leaders, serve as lead project manager for new academic program approval processes (e.g. oversee Board of Trustees proposal, NEASC, BHE or other external agency application/report preparation and serve as primary liaison on behalf of the VPAA).
  • Provide leadership and planning with compliance changes that affect Bay Path University's educational environment including: NEASC accreditation standards, Federal, State and Department of Education changes.
  • Oversee the preparation and management of the annual calendar for all external accreditation processes and monitor the full external accreditation environment including, but not limited to: NEASC, ARC-PA, American Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), American Bar Association and DOHE.
  • Oversee the preparation and management of the annual calendar for all educational compliance processes and ensure that the university has policies and procedures reasonably designed to satisfy existing and new obligations.
  • Assist in the University's risk management efforts.
  • Provide oversight for state authorization efforts.
  • Oversee the regular collection and dissemination of Student Success and Internship reports.
  • Collect and annually update academic data as appropriate for planning and assessment purposes.
  • Attend the NEASC Annual Meeting and others as appropriate to remain current with accreditation changes and associated impact on Bay Path University.

Educational Effectiveness and Outcomes

  • Oversee the daily operations of academic assessment processes and procedures, academic assessment plans, program learning outcomes, continuous improvement plans and input of data into TracDat as well as the Advising and e-Portfolio Learning Center.
  • Collaborates with the VPAA and Deans to promote excellent teaching and robust learning and articulate the outcomes of a Bay Path University education.
  • Oversee the annual cycle of survey administration, including evaluating and recommending assessment instruments and methodologies, analyzing results and communicating those results to the range of constituents, including but not limited to the Board of Trustees, Executive Staff and Faculty Assembly.
  • Oversee the work of the Educational Effectiveness, Assessment and Outcomes Office (including the e-portfolio learning initiative) to collect, track, and report on graduate outcomes data as evidence of program and student learning outcomes.
  • Completes special projects as requested by the Provost.

Academic Policy & Planning

  • Coordinate the Academic Affairs policy environment, including but not limited to the implementation, interpretation and maintenance of existing policies and the recommendation of new policies that improve operations, the student experience and ensure compliance with federal and state law.
  • Serve as the liaison for standing faculty committees, most especially the Committee on Academic Integrity and Social Behavior.
  • Assist the VPAA with annual plan and strategic direction for the Academic Affairs areas.
  • Collaborates on Academic Affairs events including: Commencement, Convocation, Faculty Institute and Assessment Day, and Faculty Development Day events.
  • In collaboration with the VPAA and Deans, manage the academic planning process for all Academic Affairs departments and assist with new program implementation and administration.
  • Assist the VPAA with establishment and monitoring of annual academic plan priorities and milestones.
  • Attend trainings as required.
  • Perform any other duties or tasks as assigned by the University.


  • Earned doctorate.
  • Teaching experience at the University level.
  • Understanding of and appreciation for academic processes and culture within a small University environment.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Ability to foster confidence and trust, to develop rapport easily with a wide range of constituents, to foster a collaborative environment in a multidisciplinary setting, and to serve as a role model for professional behavior and communication.
  • Ability to Promote Change: Proven successful innovation implementation with large number of stakeholders.
  • Adaptability and Creative Problem Solving: Ability to find ways to manage variable work volume and develop efficiencies for program delivery.
  • Oral and Written Communication: Excellent written and presentation ability; ability to listen and understand with sensitivity, and to respond appropriately.
  • Organization and Time Management: Ability to set and achieve goals, learn quickly and continuously, and prioritize and manage workload in order to produce quality work according to deadlines.
  • Strategic Thinking and Program Management: Ability to see the big picture and align program design, service delivery, and resources to support office and institutional goals; to identify implications and connections, consolidate information from various sources to reach sound decisions.
  • Ability to successfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.
  • Experience with developing and implementing academic administrative processes and policies.
  • Knowledge about innovative pedagogical teaching and learning approaches.
  • Should be committed to a culture of diversity, equity, respect and inclusion; demonstrated ability to build working relationships with people having a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences different from ones' own.
  • Knowledge of FERPA and Title IX regulations and requirements.
  • Valid U.S. driver's license.
  • Must successfully pass the online safe Driving Course (within 15 days of hire) and driving record check at time of hire and annually thereafter.
  • Ability to adhere to University policies and procedures.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and within FERPA and HIPAA guidelines.
  • All new employees must complete the FERPA, Anti-Harassment, and any other required online trainings within 15 days of employment.
  • General knowledge of the University's mission, purpose and goals and the role this position plays in achieving those goals.
  • Must adhere to University COVID-19 testing, symptom tracking and all other COVID protocols established by the University.
  • If you operate a University owned, leased or personal vehicle at any time while performing your duties you must follow all policies and procedures outlined in the Operations Manual. You must have a valid driver's license and must successfully pass the online safe Driving Course and driving record check at time of hire and annually thereafter. Additionally, you must report any driving offense, on or off company time, which causes a loss, suspension, or any other change in your license status. You must report this change within one business day of the offense. You can report this change to the Human Resource Department or your direct supervisor. Failure to do so can lead to disciplinary action, up to and including terminations.

Additional Information:

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Bay Path University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures equity, respect, inclusion and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community.

Application Instructions:

Applicants for this position should attach a cover letter, resume / curriculum vitae, the contact information for four (4) professional, work related references and any other relevant information pertaining to this position and your candidacy. Please apply online. Faxes and emails will not be accepted.

Bay Path University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and learning in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women and all underrepresented backgrounds. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.

Bay Path University is a smoke and tobacco-free community.

All offers of employment are contingent on satisfactory background checking.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position please email us at [email protected] or call 413-565-1168.


Working At Bay Path University

Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and a member of the Women’s College Coalition. With a main campus and four satellite locations, Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate, (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.

Mission Statement:

A Bay Path University education empowers undergraduate women and graduate women and men to become leaders in their careers and communities with an innovative approach to learning that prepares students to flourish in a constantly changing world.

The Bay Path experience is nothing less than transformational. Our women-only undergraduate programs and our coeducational graduate programs are offered both on campus and online, providing a flexible, 21st-century education for learners at all stages of life and career. Bay Path students find a supportive and diverse community, close mentoring, and rigorous preparation for success in a complex and globally interdependent society. Students graduate with the applied knowledge, portable skillset, and confidence to thrive in their professions, identify and realize their dreams, and make a lasting difference in the world. 

Established: 1897

Enrollment: Over 3,300 students

Alumni: Approximately 15,000 alumni around the world.

Athletics: Eight teams compete at the NCAA Division III level, in the New England Collegiate Conference.

University Motto: Carpe Diem, Latin for "Seize the Day"


  • Longmeadow, MA - Home to our Residential College, for high school, transfer and International young women; One Day A Week College, for adult women with classes on Saturday; and Graduate College for men and women. 
  • Concord, MA - Our Concord location is home to our graduate programs in Education and Psychology for men and women.
  • Sturbridge, MA - Our Sturbridge teaching site opened in 2003 and offers our One Day A Week College, for adult women with classes on Saturday and select graduate programs for men and women. This teaching location provides students with all of the support services of our main campus including access to library services, administrative and academic deans, student financial services, and the Registrar’s Office. 
  • East Longmeadow, MA - The Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center is located on our East Longmeadow site. This state-of-the-art facility houses our Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and our Master of Occupational Therapy Bridge programs.  

Residential College

Offers classes on-ground Monday through Friday.

At Bay Path University, we welcome students (commuters and residents), just like you, from across the country and around the world who are smart, capable young women who want to make a difference and be successful.

Here, you join a small, highly personal community that empowers you to take ownership of your life through:

  • Highly relevant majors and minors that give you practical knowledge, a global viewpoint, and the unique perspectives that make connections between subject areas and current topics.
  • Leadership opportunities that focus on your strengths, encouraging you to find your voice and act on your convictions.
  • Real-world experience balanced with career counseling that gives you a distinct advantage for graduate school or that rewarding first job.
  • More important, our admission counselors are here to help you and your family, guiding you through the admissions and financial aid process by taking your questions and connecting you with the right resources.

Why it pays to be a Bay Path woman:

  • Significant Financial Support. All of our full-time students receive a merit scholarship from Bay Path University, and more than 96% of our students receive additional financial aid that included grants, scholarships and loans. 
  • Close Attention from Faculty. With a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, you'll form close relationships with your professors that will lead to research, internship and networking opportunities. 
  • Thoughtful and Intentional Career Planning for Life. Our Sullivan Career and Life Planning Center (SCLP) is one of the best of its kind. As a Bay Path student, you will have lifetime access to the SCLP and the services it provides, including one-on-one career coaching and mentoring.

Undergraduate Study

A Place Where Knowledge Is Gained and Shared

If you ask a Bay Path woman graduate to define her academic experience, it would be one word: transformational. There is no other way to describe it.

Yes, we have majors in neurobiology, cybersecurity, and business analytics, as well as minors and concentrations that deepen your knowledge in a specific area. But we also educate the whole person, giving you the courage and confidence to be your best self, to help you get where you have to go, and to take on more in your life. It’s why women’s education still matters. 

American Women’s College

Are you one of the 76 million American women who has accomplished many things in her life yet still lacks a bachelor's degree? You are not alone. At The American Women's College, we understand the reasons that women pause their education early in life: 

  • Maybe going to college wasn’t right for you at the time
  • Maybe you started college and decided it wasn't a good fit
  • And then there other competing factors like family, work, and day-to-day pressures

Looking back, do you still wish you had earned a college degree?  Now you can—with The American Women’s College Online. We offer:

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