Evaluation Team from Middle States Commission on Higher Education at HUC-JIR

Thursday, March 21, 2013

An evaluation team from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education spent four days at our New York campus as part of our transition to the first-ever unified accreditation for our four campuses.

The team was chaired by Deborah Waxman, Vice President for Governance, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and included Ellen Boylan, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Marywood University; Marc Brettler, Golding Professor of Biblical Studies and former Chair of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University; Janet Smith Dickerson, former Vice President for Campus Life, Princeton University; Barbara H. Geller, Chair, Department of Religion and Professor of Religion, Wellesley College; Michael B. Greenbaum, Vice Chancellor Emeritus and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, Jewish Theological Seminary of America; and Richard J. Novak, Associate Vice President, Continuous Education & Distance Learning, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. 

The team conducted several meetings involving students, faculty, Governors, and administration on all of our campuses and considered many aspects of HUC-JIR’s work. Their visit was the culmination of an extensive process of institutional review leading to the presentation of HUC-JIR’s Self-Study Report, edited by Dr. David Dirlam, former Coordinator of Institutional Research and Assessment, and Dr. Richard Sarason, Professor of Rabbinical Literature and Thought at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.

Scores of stakeholders in the work of HUC-JIR were involved in the preparation of this Report. The Self-Study Steering Committee was chaired by Dr. Sarason, Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Dean, HUC-JIR/New York; Dr. Sharon Gillerman, Associate Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Edgar F. Magnin School of Graduate Studies at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles; and Rabbi Dr. Michael Marmur, Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Steering Committee also included Dr. Alyssa Gray, Associate Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature at HUC-JIR/New York; Dr. Sarah Benor, Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles; Rabbi Kenneth Erhlich, Counselor to the President and former Dean, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati; Dr. Jane Karlin, Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles; and Bobby Covitz, Coordinator of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Pictured, from left: Rabbi David Ellenson; MSCHE team-members Janet Smith Dickerson, Barbara H. Geller, Ellen Boylan, chair Deborah Waxman, Michael B. Greenbaum, and Richard J. Novak; Rabbi Michael Marmur and Rabbi Shirley Idelson.  Not pictured: Marc Brettler.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu