Areas of Study


The Institutional Effectiveness and Certification office oversees Gallaudet University’s accreditation, certification, and compliance for licensure and research projects.

As the leader in assessment and measurement, this office is the source of truth for Gallaudet University’s data and reporting across a wide range of initiatives and strategic goals.


Serving a multicultural, bilingual academic environment, we work to ensure the rigor and excellence commiserate with Gallaudet’s reputation by:

  • Promoting a culture of critical inquiry and evidence-based decision-making.
  • Engaging students, faculty, staff, and administrators in conversations about learning inside and outside the classroom.
  • Providing leadership and coordination in assessment.
  • Ensuring excellence in academic instruction, student academic support, student development, and student services.
  • Coordinating the collection, analysis, sharing, and use of assessment data.
  • Producing evidence of student learning outcomes necessary for accrediting agencies.
  • Monitoring equity in access to the curriculum for all Gallaudet students.
  • Bringing best practices and methods of assessment to the Gallaudet community.
  • Offering professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.


What is the Middle States Commission on Higher Education(MSCHE)? MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It conducts accreditation activities and reviews for colleges and universities in Delaware, the District...
The Gallaudet University community recognizes the need to adopt an assessment process that advances evidence-based decisions about teaching, learning, bilingualism, diversity, campus life, academic support, and student development. This process employs data-driven decision-making to continuously increase student achievement and institutional effectiveness. The Assessment Office supports...
In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for participation in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), Gallaudet University provides information pertaining to professional licensure and certification. The following is recommended BEFORE beginning a...
Program Accreditation and Approval
Particular programs offered by Gallaudet have met the standards and requirements of programmatic accrediting organizations.  Additionally, the University's teacher preparation programs are recognized by the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP reviews the educator preparation programs as a unit; this includes the Department of Education...
Shared Governance
Governance bodies and committees serve a wide variety of functions at Gallaudet and vary in terms of their mission, membership, and representative term length. For example, some serve in a long-term advisory capacity while others convene for a short time to focus upon clearly identified...

Meet the Team


Caroline Pezzarossi

Director Institutional Effectiveness and Certification


Rosanne Bangura

Senior Assessment Analyst

Michael Tota

Technical Specialist

Joni Hedrick

MSCHE Project Manager


Contact Us

Institutional Effectiveness and Certification

Caroline Kobek Pezzarossi, Ph.D

College Hall 410A

(202) 559-5370


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