HLC/NCA Pre-Site Visit

On Oct. 8, 2010, two HLC/NCA staff liaisons visited the SCC campus to conduct a pre-site visit and to offer counsel on the progress of the college's Self-Study Report.  The staff liaisons, Bob Appleson and Eric Martin, met with the college President, the President's Cabinet, the Self-Study Co-Chairs, and the Self-Study Steering Committee.  All groups had the opportunity to ask questions about the Self-Study report and what to expect during the November 2011 evaluation team visit (agenda).

Robert R. Appleson, Ph.D.

Vice President for Accreditation Relations
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

HLC is the largest of the regional accrediting bodies for degree granting institutions of higher education in the United States, serving more than 1000 affiliated members in 19 states.  These members include community colleges, liberal arts colleges, major research universities, and freestanding discipline-specific institutions, to name only some of the types.   For the vast majority of them, HLC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the gatekeeper for institutional eligibility for federal financial aid.  Dr. Appleson joined the HLC staff in March 2000. He serves as staff liaison for approximately 140 institutions and provides support for the Board and other Commission activities.  He has been particularly active in the areas of institutional self-study and benchmarking and has oversight responsibility for the change process at the Commission.

Appleson came to the Commission from Northern Kentucky University where he served as associate vice president for academic affairs. Prior to his time at NKU, he worked for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (director, assessment and program review) and Vanderbilt University (director of sponsored research). A mathematician by training (Ph.D. 1975), Appleson taught at Georgia Tech as well as in other campus settings.  His publications have involved the following fields or topics: universal algebra, government regulation of sponsored research, assessment of student outcomes, instructional load analysis, textual patterns in the Bible, and a possible role for football referees in the accreditation process.  Married to a pediatrician, Appleson roots for the White Sox and managed to live in Nashville for more than 20 years without buying a country music album.

Eric Martin, D.A.

Vice President for Accreditation Relations
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Dr. Eric V. Martin joined the HLC staff in July 2010 and serves as the staff liaison for approximately 145 institutions, inclusive of PEAQ, AQIP, and Pathways cohort institutions. He is also active in writing Commission guidelines documents, and he will coordinate the Commission’s upcoming program for visiting scholars and graduate student interns.

Before joining the Commission, Martin served as an administrator at Governors State University in Chicago’s south suburbs for 11 years and as a faculty member at the University of Findlay in Ohio for three years prior to returning to Illinois.  His positions at Governors State included director of writing across the curriculum; assistant provost (with specific responsibilities related to assessment, program review, and accreditation); associate provost (with specific responsibilities related to governance and labor relations in addition to the aforementioned); and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Martin’s academic training is in rhetoric and composition (D.A., English, 1995), and he has taught writing courses ranging from first-year composition to graduate composition theory.  His scholarship has focused on assessment, writing program administration, writing across the curriculum, and the personal essay. Married to an IT project manager with one teen daughter and one (almost) teen son, Martin’s personal life consists of: band concerts-dance recitals-musicals-choral performances-football games-basketball games-baseball games-boy scout meetings (...repeat...).