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Chimere J. Jones, EdD

Associate Director, MSI Engagement
Student Freedom Initiative (“SFI”)

Accountable to the Chief Operating Officer for oversight and management of Engagement and associated communications with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) on behalf of Student Freedom Initiative.  As Associate Director, responsible for deliverables and outcomes across MSI Engagement.  In conjunction, serves as primary liaison with the assigned MSI to facilitate the planning, coordination, and implementation of the four components of the SFI Program.

  • Develops and coordinates content to be used by assigned MSIs to describe the SFI Program on their websites and other social media channels.
  • Designs and coordinates the process and tools to collect and analyze institutional data.
  • Updates the MSI Cohort selection criteria, based on lessons learned from prior Cohorts to be applied to future Cohorts.
  • Defines attributes and definitions to support data visual representation of institution and servicer provided information within the SFI Knowledgebase and Dashboard.
  • Provides institution and student specific feedback to inform the final Student Freedom Agreement (SFA) process, design, FAQs, and implementation.

Has a background in higher education strategic planning, academic quality assurance, curriculum development, and college and career readiness. Most recently lead institutional and programmatic academic affairs and compliance initiatives for international and domestic universities including Laureate International Universities and University of Maryland Global Campus. Managed academic affairs and accreditation activities, including annual and quarterly academic proposal development and submission, academic research, regulatory site visit preparation, and guidance on licensure and certification matters for the Online Education Vertical and other assigned Laureate institutions. Collaborated with various Laureate offices in coordinating USDOE, accreditation and state agency related academic projects.

Collaborated with academic affairs units, associate deans, program chairs and other leadership personnel to support ongoing compliance with MSCHE, programmatic accreditation, federal, and state (MHEC) standards relevant to the University of Maryland Global Campus. Also, while at University of Maryland Global Campus provided consultation on the continuous quality improvement processes for targeted evaluations (e.g., course, program level, instructional design) and other quality evaluations using the online learning principles of Quality Matters, Inc. and Online Learning Consortium.    Graduate of Benedictine University (EdD in Higher Education and Organizational Change), Trinity Washington University (MSA in Organizational Management), George Mason University (Project Management Certificate), and Trinity College (BA in International Studies).