Assurance Argument and Teams

Assurance argument

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (MCCMS) initially "makes its case" for continued accreditation by writing and submitting an assurance argument. The purpose of the assurance argument is to demonstrate, with evidence, that MCCMS meets the five criteria for accreditation set forth by the Higher Learning Commission.

MCCMS' assurance argument is being composed by six teams from across the campuses and schools. They are also incorporating broad input from deans, associate deans, faculty, allied health staff, education administrators, finance personnel and students.

Teams involved in the assurance argument writing process are:

MCCMS HLC Executive Steering Group

  • Co-chairs: Jim Maher, Ph.D., and Michael H. Silber, M.B., Ch.B.
  • Members: Debra M. Eagle; David L. Dahlen; Robert T. Speary, M.A.; Troy A. Tynsky, M.Ed.; Donna L. Scott, Jennifer M. Serrano Withers

Criterion 1 Subgroup — Mission

  • Chair: Stacey A. Rizza, M.D.
  • Administrative partner: David L. Dahlen
  • Members: Abba C. Zubair, M.D., Ph.D.; Rachel L. Halsrud, M.B.A.; Kelly S. Murtaugh; Donna L. Scott; Jennifer M. Serrano Withers

Criterion 2 Subgroup — Integrity: Ethical & Responsible Conduct

  • Co-chairs: Sandy L. Robinson, Ph.D., and Richard Sharp, Ph.D.
  • Administrative partner: David L. Dahlen
  • Members: Jessica (Jess) R. Hirsch, CIP; Robert L. Klingler; Kelly S. Murtaugh; Donna L. Scott; Jennifer M. Serrano Withers

Criterion 3 Subgroup — Teaching & Learning: Quality, Resourcing and Support

  • Chair: Brad S. Karon, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Administrative partner: David L. Dahlen
  • Members: Robert T. Speary, M.A.; Aaron K. Pendl; Ann L. Johnson; Elissa R. Hall; Heather A. Billings, Ph.D.; Katrin R. Frimannsdottir, Ph.D.; Lori K. Bratvold; Kelly S. Murtaugh; Donna L. Scott; Jennifer M. Serrano Withers

Criterion 4 Subgroup — Teaching & Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

  • Chair: Bruce F. Horazdovsky, Ph.D.
  • Administrative partner: Debra M. Eagle
  • Members: Robert T. Speary, M.A.; Deborah A. Dixon; Kathryn R. Cieslak, M.S.; Katrin R. Frimannsdottir, Ph.D.; Rachel L. Halsrud, M.B.A.; Kelly S. Murtaugh; Donna L. Scott; Jennifer M. Serrano Withers

Criterion 5 Subgroup — Resources, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness

  • Chair: James Tompkins, P.T., D.P.T.
  • Administrative partners: David L. Dahlen and Debra M. Eagle
  • Members: Darren L. Gronseth; Bella Panchmatia, M.S.N.; Debra S. Lafferty, M.S.; Diana S. Smith; Jacqueline C. Wright; Katrin R. Frimannsdottir, Ph.D.; Kimberly L. Vatland; Mary H. Hopper, M.A.; Nell E. Robinson; Timothy J. Brennan, M.B.A.; Kelly S. Murtaugh; Donna L. Scott; Jennifer M. Serrano Withers

Federal Compliance Subgroup

  • Members: David L. Dahlen; Debra M. Eagle; Donna L. Scott; Jennifer M. Serrano Withers
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