Academic leaders receive HLC peer review training


In early October, Drs. Johnathan Tedesco and Bryan DePoy traveled to Chicago to participate in peer review training with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

As a first time reviewer, Dr. Tedesco, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and associate professor of chemistry, was selected based on a demonstrated record of sound judgment, effective collaboration, thorough attention to detail and constructive communication. His training will now allow him to serve on review teams assessing other HLC member institutions.

As stated on the HLC website, peer review in accreditation is “based on the fundamental assumption that quality education is best served through a process that enables peers of the institution, informed by standards created and applied by professionals in higher education, to make the judgments essential to assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning.”

Peer reviewers serve as agents of the HLC in its evaluation and decision-making process. To be eligible, reviewers must be full-time faculty or administrators from HLC member institutions in good standing. They also must demonstrate professionalism, competence, objectivity and fair judgment. All peer reviewers hold an initial appointment of two years, after which they may be reappointed for a four-year term.

Dr. Bryan DePoy, vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer, who is already a trained reviewer and has served on numerous visit teams, received training as an HLC team chair. Dr. DePoy was nominated by his HLC peers to receive training as a team chair in recognition of his previous service record and the quality of his work. He is now qualified to lead HLC site visit teams in this role, in addition to continuing to serve as an active peer reviewer.

“While it is an honor to serve these important roles for the HLC, we are eager to ensure and safeguard LEC’s continuing commitment to the high standards of regional accreditation,” said Dr. DePoy.

Lake Erie College’s institutional accreditation was reaffirmed most recently at the HLC’s Institutional Actions Council meeting on March 26-27, 2018. For more information on peer reviewer responsibilities and expectations of service, visit

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