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.


MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
This assessment process uses data-driven decision-making to continuously increase student achievement and institutional effectiveness.
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.
Program Accreditation and Approval
Information about accredited programs at GU.
Shared Governance
Governance bodies and committees serve a wide variety of functions at Gallaudet University and typically consist of members from the faculty, staff, and student communities.

Meet the Team


Caroline Pezzarossi

Director, Institutional Effectiveness and Certification


Rosanne Bangura

Senior Assessment Analyst

Michael Tota

Student Success Technical Specialist

Tana Fletcher

Associate Accrediation Coordinator

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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