Standard VII: Governance, Leadership and Administration

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Stephanie Brooks,


Stephanie Brooks, PhD, LCSW, LMFT: Clinical Professor, the College of Nursing & Health Professions

Stephanie Brooks, PhD, LCSW, LMFT is a Clinical Professor in the College of Nursing & Health Professions at Drexel University. She is a licensed couple and family therapist and clinical social worker, Clinical Fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, AAMFT Approved Supervisor and Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Dr. Brooks is currently the Executive Program Consultant for the AAMFT Minority Fellowship Programs and Interim Program Director for the PhD in Couple and Family Therapy Program.

Dr. Brooks has been at Drexel University (formerly MCP Hahnemann) since 1995. Currently she is Associate Dean for Academic Health Professions. Prior to her career at Drexel she held numerous Clinical Training Director positions in Healthcare and Educational settings. Her clinical and scholarly interests include: Outcome Based Education, Supervision and Training, African American Families, Cultural Diversity specifically African American Families and Adolescents, Person of the Therapist Training, ADHD and Couple Therapy, Families impacted by addiction and behavioral health and Family Violence.

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Jed Shumsky


Jed Shumsky, PhD: Professor and Senior Associate Dean of Educational and Academic Affairs, College of Medicine Graduate Division

A longtime educator and researcher in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy in the College of Medicine, Dr. Shumsky also serves as the Associate Dean of Educational and Academic Affairs for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies. In this capacity, he chairs the Academic Affairs Committee and the Policies and Procedures Committee.

Standard VII Description

The institution is governed and administered in a manner that allows it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that effectively benefits the institution, its students, and the other constituencies it serves. even when supported by or affiliated with governmental, corporate, religious, educational system, or other unaccredited organizations, the institution has education as its primary purpose, and it operates as an academic institution with appropriate autonomy.

Standard VII Criteria


An accredited institution possesses and demonstrates the following attributes or activities:

1. a clearly articulated and transparent governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision making by each constituency, including governing body, administration, faculty, staff and students;

2. a legally constituted governing body that:

a. serves the public interest, ensures that the institution clearly states and fulfills its mission and goals, has fiduciary responsibility for the institution, and is ultimately accountable for the academic quality, planning, and fiscal well-being of the institution;

b. has sufficient independence and expertise to ensure the integrity of the institution. Members must have primary responsibility to the accredited institution and not allow political, financial, or other influences to interfere with their governing responsibilities;

c. ensures that neither the governing body nor its individual members interferes in the day-to-day operations of the institution;

d. oversees at the policy level the quality of teaching and learning, the approval of degree programs and the awarding of degrees, the establishment of personnel policies and procedures, the approval of policies and by-laws, and the assurance of strong fiscal management;

e. plays a basic policy-making role in financial affairs to ensure integrity and strong financial management. This may include a timely review of audited financial statements and/or other documents related to the fiscal viability of the institution;

f. appoints and regularly evaluates the performance of the Chief Executive Officer;

g. is informed in all its operations by principles of good practice in board governance;

h. establishes and complies with a written conflict of interest policy designed to ensure the impartiality of the governing body by addressing matters such as payment for services, contractual relationships, employment, and family, financial or other interests that could pose or be perceived as conflicts of interest;

i. supports the Chief Executive Officer in maintaining the autonomy of the institution;

3. a Chief Executive Officer who:

a. is appointed by, evaluated by, and reports to the governing body and shall not chair the governing body;

b. has appropriate credentials and professional experience consistent with the mission of the organization;

c. has the authority and autonomy required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, including developing and implementing institutional plans, staffing the organization, identifying and allocating resources, and directing the institution toward attaining the goals and objectives set forth in its mission;

d. has the assistance of qualified administrators, sufficient in number, to enable the Chief Executive Officer to discharge his/her duties effectively; and is responsible for establishing procedures for assessing the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness;

4. an administration possessing or demonstrating:

a. an organizational structure that is clearly documented and that clearly defines reporting relationships;

b. an appropriate size and with relevant experience to assist the Chief Executive Officer in fulfilling his/her roles and responsibilities;

c. members with credentials and professional experience consistent with the mission of the organization and their functional roles;

d. skills, time, assistance, technology, and information systems expertise required to perform their duties;

e. regular engagement with faculty and students in advancing the institution’s goals and objectives;

f. systematic procedures for evaluating administrative units and for using assessment data to enhance operations; and

5. periodic assessment of the effectiveness of governance, leadership, and administration.

Name Title Office/Department  Standard
Stephanie Brooks PhD  Faculty Co-Chair College of Nursing & Health Professions VII
Jed Shumsky PhD Staff Co-Chair College of Medicine, Graduate Division  VII
James E. Connell Jr. PhD Associate Professor, Clinical Director and Research Fellow, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute/td> School of Education VII
Monika Jost PhD Associate Professor: Director, Pre-Medicatl and Pre-Health Programs Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies (DUCoM) VII
Christopher Laincz PhD Associate Professor LeBow College of Business VII
Karol Osipowicz PhD Assistant Teaching Professor College of Arts & Sciences VII
Ramesh Raghupathi PhD Professor Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies (DUCoM) VII
Damian Salas Assistant Dean of Entrepreneurship Programs and Assistant Teaching Professor Close School of Entrepreneurship VII
Darsh Ghandi UG Student n/a VII