To: OSU Faculty (Academic and Professional)

From: Alix Gitelman, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Senior Vice Provost

June 2, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to share the news that Dr. JoAnne Bunnage has decided to step down from her position as Assistant Vice Provost for Assessment and Accreditation, with her last day of work being June 16, 2023. OSU benefited from JoAnne’s time in this role, and I want to recognize and thank JoAnne for her service.

JoAnne has served as Assistant Vice Provost since 2019, before that she was Director of Accreditation from 2017 to 2019, and Director of Accreditation and Assessment for the College of Public Health and Human Sciences from 2012 to 2017. JoAnne has been responsible for the development of materials required for OSU’s regional accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and she coordinated the university’s successful re-accreditation effort in 2019. The NWCCU standards for that re-accreditation necessitated the development of a self-study document totaling over 500 pages. JoAnne has also served as a resource for colleges as they work towards specialized accreditations, provided leadership for the central assessment staff, and chaired the University Student Learning Assessment Council. Most recently, JoAnne chaired the committee that developed the learning outcomes, criteria, and rationale for the new general education program.

I greatly appreciate JoAnne’s service as Assistant Vice Provost—she has consistently been a strong OSU representative to our external colleagues both at the NWCCU and other institutions. She has served on five NWCCU peer evaluation review teams and advised institutions preparing for self-evaluations. Her future plans include consulting with institutions and non-profit organizations on assessment, accreditation, and planning.

I have asked Dr. Rebecca Mathern, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and University Registrar to take leadership over the compliance-oriented tasks related to university accreditation. She and I will work together with Dr. Kristin Nagy Catz, Director of Assessment, over the next several months to determine our long-term plan for oversight of university accreditation.

Please join me in thanking JoAnne for her service and wishing her well in her next pursuits.


Alix Gitelman, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Senior Vice Provost

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