2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 13, 2024  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Governance and Accreditation


The Graduate Education Council

Constituted in accordance with the Agreement between the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and The Massachusetts Teachers Association/Massachusetts State College Association, the Graduate Education Council serves the college as the governance body charged with oversight of graduate programs and graduate curricula. The Graduate Education Council of Westfield State University reviews programs and proposals, reports and recommends changes of course requirements, addition of new courses, and the revision or retirement of existing courses within the graduate curricula. The Council is comprised of five faculty members, three administrators and one graduate student. Council members listed below are continued in service through the current Massachusetts State College Association contract.

Graduate Education Council (2015-2016)
  Rihab Alzubaidi, Ph.D.
  Leonardo Andrade, Ph.D.
  Marijoan Bull, Ph.D.
  Rebecca DiVico-Student Representative
  Mara Dodge, Ph.D.
  Kelly Hart, Ph.D.
  Megan Kennedy, Ph.D.
  Christopher Kudlac, Ph.D.
  Jane Mildred, Ph.D.
  Enrique Morales-Diaz, Ph.D.
  Jorge Reyes, Ph.D.
  Diana Schwartz, Ph.D.
  Jessica Tansey, M.P.A.
  Shelley Tinkham, Ph.D.


Westfield State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Westfield’s teacher licensure programs are accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Education and are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) (formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Massachusetts is a member of the Interstate Certification Compact. Westfield State University’s Master of Social Work Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools, Association of Graduate Deans of Northeastern State Colleges, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, New England Conference on Graduate Education, The Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, the Association for Continuing Higher Education, Learning Resource Network, College Board Adult Learning Network and the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning.

Visit our web site @ http://www.westfield.ma.edu/dgce


Division of Graduate and Continuing Education students are invited to participate in the governance process of the College through the following organizations: the Campus Center Board of Governors, the Parking Appeals Board, the Affirmative Action Advisory Board, the Judicial Board, and the Graduate Education Council. Usually appointments are made in the beginning of the fall semester. We need volunteers for these organizations. If you are interested, please contact our office at 572-8020, and leave your name and telephone number. The only general requirement is that you be enrolled in a degree or certification program and that you be available days for the meetings. Participation as a member of the Graduate Education Council or any other governance committee requires that you be enrolled as a matriculated graduate student in good standing.