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HLC/NCA Accreditation Site Visit

April 2-4, 2007


Purpose of the Site Visit

During the site visit, external evaluators selected by the Higher Learning Commission from other accredited colleges and universities gather information to supplement evidence provided in UAMS' self-study, to determine if UAMS meets its criteria for accredited status. Team members examine an extensive collection of documents and evidence and carry out a series of meetings with faculty, staff and administrators.

The team also conducts two forums, a student-only forum and a faculty-only forum (no administrators, please). On Wednesday morning, April 4, the team will conduct an exit conference and give a verbal report of their preliminary findings. A written report will follow, which will contain a recommendation to the Commission on whether to accredit UAMS for another 10 year period.

You can view the team's  UAMS Site Visit Itinerary here.


Student and Faculty Forums

Faculty Forum

Student Forum

Tuesday, April 3

Tuesday, April 3

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

COPH 8240

COPH 8240

(8 th Floor Auditorium)

(8 th Floor Auditorium)

Refresments will be served at both forums. Also, two $50 gift certificates to Best Buy will be given away at the Student Forum (must be present to win).


Site Visit Team for UAMS

Site Team Chairman

Augustine O. Agho, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Health Professions & Studies

University of Michigan-Flint

Dr. Augustine O. Agho joined the University of Michigan-Flint in July 2001 as Dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies. Dr. Agho obtained his doctoral degree in Hospital and Health Administration from the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, a masters of Health Administration degree from Governors State University, and Bachelor of Arts in Management Science from Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska.

Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Agho served as Professor and Director of the Division of Health Care Management, School of Allied Health Sciences at Florida A&M University (FAMU). During his tenure at FAMU he created a minor in Rehabilitation Services Administration, obtained approval from the State Board of Nursing Home Administrators for the long-term care administration track, secured scholarship funds for disadvantaged students, increased student enrollment and graduation rates, increased diversity of faculty, secured and maintained the program's full membership in the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), and established the master of science in Health Care Administration program.

Dr. Agho has published many papers in refereed journals and has presented at numerous regional and national conferences. His research interests are in the areas of minority health, cultural diversity, and health literacy. He has received research grants from several government agencies and foundations, including the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Life Care Foundations of America. Recently, Dr. Agho was selected to serve as a Consultant-Evaluator by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Health Administration Education and on the board of the Greater Flint Health Coalition and the Arthur L. Tuuri Health Advisory Committee. Some of his notable awards include: Teacher of the Year Award, Advanced Teacher of the Year Award, and the Distinguished Researcher Award.



University of Finlay / February 2004



University of Wisconsin Milwaukee / April 25, 2005


Mrs. Susanne M. Darcy, M.A.

Assistant Director for Operations

Center for Distance & Independent Study

University of Missouri - Columbia


Ms. Darcy earned a B. A. in English from St. Louis University in 1963 and an M.A. in English at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville in 1971. She is a member of the University Continuing Education Association, the Missouri Distance Learning Association and has served on the Professional Development Committee of American Association for Collegiate Independent Study.


Ms. Darcy is also a Peer Reviewer and member of the Accreditation Review Council (ARC) for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The ARC includes at least sixty individuals who have been selected by the Board of Trustees to participate in the Commission's review processes.




University of Nebraska - Lincoln / November, 2006



Michigan State University / February 2006



University of Kansas / February 2005



Mary Kunes-Connell, Ph.D., R.N.

Associate Dean of Academic and Clinical Affairs

Associate Professor

Creighton University

Omaha , NE


Dr. Kunes-Connell oversees student academic performance, and is responsible for the development, evaluation and improvement of undergraduate and graduate curricula.


Dr. Kunes-Connell is the Vice Chair of the IRB at Creighton University. She also served as an ex-officio member of the Creighton HLC/NCA Self-Study Steering Committee (March 2007) http://www2.creighton.edu/accreditation/aboutaccreditation/index.php




Bonnie Saucier, Ph.D., R.N.

Professor, College of Nursing

Indiana State University



Dr. Bonnie Saucier graduated from St. John's Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, Ill. in 1966, obtained a B.A. in Education from Stephens College, Columbia Missouri in 1973, an M.Ed. from the University of Missouri in 1973, an M.S.N. in Nursing of Children from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Nursing Theory and Research from Texas Woman's University in 1986.


Dr. Saucier served as Dean of the College of Nursing at ISU 1998-2005 and was Associate Dean of Undergraduate Nursing Programs at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio,Texas from 1994-1998. Prior to that, she held numerous administrative positions in Texas, California and Missouri.

Dr. Saucier's funded research, publications and presentations relate to critical thinking and student retention. She is a consultant for several international and national organizations. She serves as an evaluator for The Higher Learning Commission and American Council on Education (ACE).

Dr. Saucier currently teaches graduate nursing courses and is a participant in the development of nursing programs for Asian nurses. She also serves as an evaluator for The Higher Learning Commission and American Council on Education (ACE).




Missouri State University / November 2005


University of Central Oklahoma / November 2002


North Dakota State University / February 2006



Rev. Gerard Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D.


University of Detroit Mercy


Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J.Rev. Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D., was appointed President of the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) July 1, 2004. A doctoral graduate in economics from the University of Michigan, President Stockhausen's academic expertise is in the area of international economics, including trade theory and policy, political economics and social ethics. During the 1991-92 school year, he was a visiting Associate Professor of Economics at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

In addition to his doctorate in economics, President Stockhausen holds a Master's degree in Social Ethics, a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, California and a Master's Degree in Mathematics from St. Louis University. Prior to his appointment as President, he served as UDM's Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.


President Stockhausen currently serves on the boards of Detroit Downtown, Detroit Economic Club, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, New Detroit and on the executive committee of the Board of Advisors for University Commons community organization.

His professional affiliations include serving as director of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and as a member of the Council of Presidents, Conference for Mercy Higher Education.

He is a board director for Wheeling Jesuit University and Creighton University as well as a trustee of Loyola Jesuit High School, Detroit. In addition, Fr. Stockhausen serves as Director for both the Ignatian Lay Volunteer Corps and the Horizon League Athletic Conference.

University of Detroit Site Visit January 2007




John F. "Skip" Williams, Jr., M.D., Ed.D.

Provost and Vice President for Health Affairs

The George Washington University Medical Center


John F. Williams, Jr., M.D., Ed.D. is Provost of George Washington University, Vice President for Health Affairs at the GW Medical Center, and Professor of anesthesiology and of health services management and policy.

Dr. Williams served as Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences from August 1999 to July 2003. From 1996-97, he served as Medical Director of George Washington University Hospital and from 1993-97, as Associate Vice President for Graduate Medical Education at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Williams also has served as Associate Dean for Admissions and Assistant Dean for Admissions at the medical school.


In May of 2002, the Republic of Panama bestowed the Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa on Dr. Williams for his efforts to create the International Center for Tropical Diseases and Genomic Studies, a joint project between the GW Medical Center and Panama. Also in 2002, Dr. Williams received a commendation from The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation for Lifelong Commitment to Health in the United States.The students of George Washington University bestowed their commendation on him for Continued Dedication to the Students of The George Washington University in 2001-2002. He received a medal in 1999 acknowledging his Contributions to the Health of the People of China from the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing China. In 1998, he received the Flag of the United States of America from Congressman Edward J. Markey for Outstanding Contributions to the Improvement of Health of the Nation. Dr. Williams was named to the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars in 1996. He is also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community and Profession from Boston University in 1990 and the People's Medal from the People' s Republic of China for Medical Contributions to the People of China. In 1988, Dr. Williams was named the Outstanding Clinical Teacher of the Year by the American Medical Student Association.

Dr. Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts in education at Boston University in 1970 and a Master of Science at The London School of Economics and Political Science in 1973. He received a Master's of Public Health from Yale University in 1975 and Doctorates of Medicine (1979) and Education (1996) from George Washington University.


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