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College of Staten Island Self-Study

As an accredited institution under the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), CSI launched its Self-Study process in spring 2020. The Self-Study is part of the College’s ongoing cycle of accreditation. It is designed to engage the entire College community in a self-reflective process of how it is doing in relation to its mission and goals aligned with the Middle States standards for accreditation. The process will also identify opportunities for improvement and innovation, and prepare the College for the years ahead. CSI’s Self-Study will run through May 2022. 

Involvement from all members of the College community is essential to having a successful Self-Study. Your participation in the process is encouraged at any time. Please do not hesitate to contact the Self-Study Steering Committee at

The Self-Study Steering Committee is comprised of the Provost, the Steering Committee co-chairs, the Self-Study coordinator, and the co-chairs of each of the Self-Study Working Groups. The Working Group co-chairs are in bold below.

There are eight Working Groups, one for each of the Middle States Standards and the Verification of Compliance. The members of the Self-Study Working Groups will represent their respective areas of the College in the Self-Study process and assist with the gathering and analysis of evidence as well as the written reflection of the Self-Study.

Steering Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Tara Mastrorilli, Director of Institutional Research
  • Christopher Miller, Professor, English


  • J. Michael Parrish, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Danté Tawfeeq, Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness

Working Group #1: Mission and Goals

  • Jennifer Borrero, Vice President for Student Affairs and Alumni Engagement
  • Wilma Jones, Professor and Reference/Instruction Librarian
  • Shannon Cammarano, Director, Enrollment Management
  • Sharon Christian, Financial Aid Manager
  • Bob Engler, Chief Engineer, Central Plant
  • Nancy (Shuojia) Guo, Assistant Professor, Marketing
  • Alan Hoffner, Director, Testing
  • Gabrielle Jonny, Graduate Student, Neuroscience
  • Jonelle Knox, Executive Associate to the Dean, School of Education
  • Philippe Marius, Director of Assessment and Strategic Initiatives, Student Affairs and Alumni Engagement
  • Edward Patri, Director, Networks
  • Greg Phillips, Professor, Biology
  • Maria Xenakis, Finance Manager

Working Group #2: Ethics and Integrity

  • Kathleen M. Cumiskey, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Alex Scott, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions
  • Danielle Dimitrov, Executive Director of Student Services
  • Catherine  Ferrara, Interim Chief Diversity Officer
  • Anatoly Kuklov, Professor, Physics and Astronomy
  • Terry Mares, Chief Editor - CSI Today
  • Stephen Morris, Associate Professor, Philosophy
  • Terri  Sangiorgio, Director of Financial Aid
  • Jessica Stein, Confidential Executive Officer / P&B Coordinator

Working Group #3: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience

  • Alyson Bardsley, Associate Professor, English
  • Sarolta A. Takács, Dean of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • David Allen, Professor and Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Cesar Arenas-Mena, Associate Professor, Biology
  • Deirdre   Armitage, Director of Fieldwork, School of Education
  • Jasmine Cardona, Executive Director for Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations 
  • Michael Castelli, Blackboard Administrator/Academic Technology Specialist
  • Veronica  DiMeglio, Curriculum Coordinator
  • Anne Hays, Assistant Professor, Library
  • Bethany LaLonde, Support Specialist, Center for Student Accessibility
  • Catherine Lavender, Professor, History
  • Joseph Maher, Professor, Mathematics
  • Maria Rice Bellamy, Professor, English
  • Ivan Scott Lee, Program Director ASAP
  • Alexandru Voicu, Associate Professor, Economics
  • Cindy Wong, Professor, Media Culture
  • Alan Zimmerman, Professor, Marketing

Working Group #4: Support of the Student Learning Experience

  • Stephen Ferst, Executive Director of the Center for Global Engagement
  • Nelly Tournaki, Associate Professor, Educational Studies
  • Stephanie Allen, SEEK Program Director
  • Carol Brower, Director, Office of Student Life
  • Paolo Cappellari, Assistant Professor, Marketing
  • Rosanne Carlo, Assistant Professor, English
  • Stefan Charles-Pierre, Director, Center for Student Accessibility
  • Jennifer Durando, Academic Advising Manager: Continuing Students
  • Man-e Esperance, Director of Recruitment and Admissions
  • Emily Ida, Senior, Student
  • Jeremiah Jurkiewicz, Coordinator- LGBTQ Resource Center/Pluralism and Diversity
  • Kevin O'Bryant, Professor, Mathematics
  • Leo Pignataro, Academic Program Manager for Student Success
  • Lara Saguisag, Associate Professor, English
  • Deborah Sturm, Professor, Computer Science

Working Group #5: Educational Effectiveness Assessment

  • Michael J. Cavagnero, Dean of the Division of Science and Technology
  • Carlo Lancellotti, Professor, Mathematics
  • Zaghloul  Ahmed, Associate Professor and Chair, Physical Therapy
  • Heidi Bertels, Associate Professor, Management
  • Barbara Cohen, Institutional Research Specialist
  • Chris Conidis, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Donna Garambone, Administrative Specialist, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Maureen Garvey, Assistant Professor, Library
  • Donna Scimeca, Academic Student Support
  • Shaibal Mitra, Assistant Professor, Biology

Working Group #6: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement

  • Hope Berte, Vice President for Campus Planning, Facilities Management and Operations
  • Jonathan Peters, Professor, Accounting and Finance
  • Soon Ae Chun, Professor, Marketing
  • Intissar  Hasan, Interim Associate Director of Budget, Finance, and Administration
  • Lynne Lacomis, Executive Assistant to the Associate Provost of Graduate Studies, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness
  • Dan McCloskey, Associate Professor and Chair, Psychology
  • Ralf Peetz, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Student Success
  • Joanne Sagherian, Administrative Executive Officer
  • Carlos Serrano, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Budget, Chief Financial Officer
  • Joyce Taylor, Director, Administrative Application and Web Development

Working Group #7: Governance, Leadership, and Administration

  • Robert Wallace, Chief of Staff/Deputy to the President/Executive Legal Counsel
  • John Wing, Associate Professor, History
  • Manuela Alongi, Deputy Director, Human Resources
  • Patty Kahn, Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Officer
  • Alan Lyons, Professor, Chemistry
  • Juline Robinson, Associate Registrar
  • Jason Rodriguez Escalona, Senior, Student
  • Amy Stempler, Associate Dean and Chief Librarian
  • Crystal Vera Montalvo, Director, Office of Community Educational Engagement
  • Jennifer Wagner, Associate Professor, Psychology

Working Group #8: Verification of Compliance

  • Kerri Gerson, Registrar
  • Tara Mastrorilli, Director, Institutional Research; Self-Study Co-Chair 
  • Michelle Buonacore-Artz, Deputy Director, Recruitment and Admissions
  • Cheryl Craddock, Associate Director, The Verrazzano Honors Program
  • Suzy Shepardson, Associate Registrar, Program Compliance
  • Byron Taylor, Title IV Compliance Officer, Financial Aid
  • Joyce Taylor, Director Administrative Application and Web Development

The Self-Study consists of the Self-Study Design, the Self-Study Report and the Self-Study On-Site Visit. 

Self-Study Design.  The design document is written by the Steering Committee and serves as a guide for the Self-Study process. It includes information on the College’s priorities, intended outcomes, organizational structure of the Steering Committee and Working Groups, guidelines for reporting, a communications plan, and a Self-Study timeline. To review the Middle States approved Self-Study Design, click the following link and log in using your CSI log-in information: Self-Study Design

Self-Study Report. The report consists of a written reflection and analysis of the institution’s mission and goals in relation to the Middle States Standards. This work occurred in the 2020-2021 academic year and was overseen and coordinated by Self-Study co-chairs, the Steering Committee, and working groups. View the Self-Study Report   (ADA compliant version in progress, for information contact )

Self-Study Virtual Visit. The visit is conducted by an Evaluation Team comprised of our peers and will occur from March 27-30, 2022. The peer reviewers are selected by Middle States and consists of volunteers from other Middle States accredited institutions. An initial visit with the Evaluation Team chair occurred in Fall 2021 and helps us prepare for the Evaluation Team visit that will occur in Spring 2022. The Evaluation team reviews the Self-Study report, meets with a variety of College stakeholders, and then provides a written analysis of their evaluation to Middle States about whether or not we are in compliance with the Standards. Middle States then reviews the Evaluation Team report and determines accreditation

Oct - Dec 2019
  • Attend Self-Study Institute
  • Develop action plan to begin Self-Study
Jan 2020 - Mar 2020
  • Identify co-chairs, Steering Committee, and Working Groups
Apr 2020 - Jun 2020
  • Write draft of Self-Study Design
  • Submit Self-Study Destign to Middle States Liaison
July 2020
  • Organize Online Evidence Inventory
Sep 2020
  • Finalize and Invite Working Group members
  • Write draft outline of chapters and identify evidence needed
  • Submit Final Self-Study Destign to Middle States Liaison
Oct 1, 2020
  • Host virtual Self-Study Preparations Visit
Oct 2020 
  • Review and analyze evidence, write summaries and submit to Steering Committee
Nov 2020 - Dec 18, 2020
  • Incorporate Steering Committee’s feedback and submit second draft
Jan 2021 - Feb 2021
  • Review narrative, provide feedback and write additional sections of the report
  • Revise chapters as needed
Mar 2021
  • Compile sections of Self-Study Document into one document
  • Share Self-Study Document with the College community
May 2021 
  • Finalize Self-Study Document, with feedback from College community
Jun 2021 - Aug 2021
  • Produce first draft of complete Self-Study Report and finalize Evidence Inventory
  • MSCHE selects Evaluation Team members
Sep 2021
  • College community reviews final draft of Self-Study Report
Oct 2021
  • Evaluation Team Chair makes preliminary visit
Feb 2022
  • Make final revisions to the Self-Study document
  • Final Self-Study document submitted
March 27 - 30, 2022   
  • CSI hosts MSCHE Evaluation Team Visit, receives and reviews Evaluation Team report and submits response to Evaluation Team report
June 2022
  • MSCHE reviews Evaluation Team report, CSI response, and determines action