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Frost Center - Director of Assessment and Accreditation

Hope College
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Assessment, Accreditation, and Compliance

Position Title Frost Center - Director of Assessment and Accreditation

Classification Title Administrative Full Time (.75-1.0 FTE)

Benefits Eligibility

Department Frost Center

Job Description

About Hope College

Hope College is a four-year liberal arts college where academic excellence and vibrant Christian faith join together in a supportive and welcoming community. With over 3,300 students, Hope is listed in the first tier among the best liberal arts colleges in the nation and ranks #27 in Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects, respectively (U.S. News & World Report). Niche ranks Hope #20 among Best Christian Colleges in America and #62 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America. Hope is dedicated to providing a rich liberal arts curriculum and experience to all students, including those in our professional programs. Hope is a 2022 and 2023 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine and has been nationally recognized by the Council on Undergraduate Research (2017 AURA Recipient). Hope, about 30 miles from Grand Rapids, MI and just minutes away from Lake Michigan beaches, is recognized as one of 45 colleges that develop a lifelong love of learning—praised as raising “higher education’s moral and intellectual level” (Colleges that Change Lives).

Hope College has four academic divisions: 1) Arts, 2) Humanities, 3) Social Sciences, and 4) Natural & Applied Sciences. Divisions contain multiple academic departments. Additionally, we have a number of interdisciplinary academic programs, living-learning communities, academic outreach programs, and a leadership structure for the General Education program. The administrators, staff, and faculty in these divisions collaborate to provide an excellent, ecumenical Christian liberal arts education.

Director of Assessment and Accreditation

Hope College seeks a visionary director to provide academic leadership and college-wide coordination for assessment and accreditation activities. The director will coordinate continued compliance with all Higher Learning Commission (HLC) policies and expectations. This position is a full time, 1.0 FTE and will report to the Provost with a strong working relationship with members of the Deans’ Council and the Director of Institutional Research. The Director of Assessment and Accreditation will: a) engage in ongoing professional development in the areas of assessment and accreditation, b) chair Hope’s Assessment Committee, c) collaborate with departmental chairpersons and program directors, d) engage with the General Education Council and co-curricular offices for assessment-related activities, e) participate in national and regional organizations focused on accreditation and assessment, f) manage relevant budgets associated with assessment and accreditation activities, g) work collaboratively with members of the Frost Center for Social Science Research and the Director of Institutional Research and h) work with college leaders to connect Key Performance Indicators of the Strategic Plan to assessment and accreditation work.

The specific duties and responsibilities with respect to curricular and co-curricular assessment include the following:

  • Lead all assessment of student learning within Academic Affairs
  • Coordinate data collection and presentation on student learning, write research reports, and deliver campus presentations related to assessment data
  • Refine comprehensive assessment practices for the college, in collaboration with the Assessment Committee
  • Collaborate with Academic Leadership to maintain and improve informative and effective assessment tools for collection and reporting
  • Keep the campus community abreast about current assessment applications, technologies, and data
  • Lead and develop a team of faculty to implement assessments
  • Collaborate with Student Congress leaders to assess co-curricular departments
  • Work with campus leaders to provide frameworks for data-informed decision-making

The specific duties and responsibilities with respect to institutional accreditation include the following:

  • Lead all institutional accreditation activities required by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Keep the campus informed of current HLC and federal requirements, expectations, and assumed practices
  • Ensure timely responses to HLC reports, queries, reviews, and annual data requests
  • Coordinate comprehensive site visits, mid-cycle reports, and other required reporting
  • Utilize the shared governance system to develop a framework and system for annual data and evidence collection in preparation for accreditation reporting and reflection upon the learning experience
  • Collaborate with departmental and office representatives to detail a college-wide Quality Initiative
  • Work with faculty and staff leaders in state and nationally accredited programs
  • Serve as the registered Academic Liaison Officer with responsibility for ongoing reaffirmation of accreditation with the HLC


  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant discipline
  • At least three years working in assessment, institutional research, or accreditation in a higher education setting
  • Demonstration of clear analytical, writing, and presentation skills
  • Experience collaborating with groups with multiple perspectives
  • A commitment to all elements of the mission of Hope College, including global engagement and the historic Christian faith

Physical Demands

This position requires remaining in a sitting or standing position for frequent periods of time; uses office machinery such as a computers, printers, copy machines; Occasionally involves moving items over 10 pounds; frequently will move between different offices/workspaces/buildings; and requires effective communication abilities. In the case of temporary or permanent condition(s) that require(s) accommodation(s), reasonable accommodation(s) may be requested.

Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check. Some positions may have position specific requirements, such as education/licensure/certification verification, a physical, drug screening, credit checks and/or transportation record review.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 2023-206SR

Job Posting Open Date 02/09/2024

Job Posting Close Date 03/01/2024

Open Until Filled No

Is this position available for sponsorship No

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications are accepted at

Candidates will upload the following documents as part of the application:

Cover Letter


Contact information for three references

Questions may be directed to Dr. Gerald Griffin at

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