Assessing Quality - 2nd Athens International Conference on University Assessment HELLENIC AMERICAN UNIVERSITY


The following spoke at the Conference:
(in alphabetical order)

Barbara Brittingham

Acting Director - New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

Barbara Brittingham is the Interim Director of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the regional accrediting body for the six New England states. NEASC accredits 222 colleges and universities, including four outside the U.S., and is recognized as a reliable authority on the quality of education by the U.S. government and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. Previously, she served as Founding Dean of the College of Education at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates, and before that at the University of Rhode Island in a number of positions, including Dean of the College of Human Science and Services and Interim Dean of University Libraries, Director of the Curriculum Research and Development Center, and Professor of Education. Brittingham also worked in Turkey leading the development and field testing of a system to accredit teacher education programs.

Brittingham served on the board of directors of five national accreditation organizations in the U.S., chaired the Committee on Recognition for the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, and chaired the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for NEASC. She also served as president of the organization of colleges of education in major research universities. She served on or chaired over 20 accrediting teams in four of the six U.S. regions. She has published and spoken widely on issues relating to teacher education, higher education, and accreditation.

She on the Senior Specialist Roster of the Fulbright Commission and has worked on accreditation and education issues in Bulgaria, China, Greece, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Morocco, Moldova, Oman, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

During the Conference, Dr. Brittingham will be presenting on "American Accreditation: Standards and Approaches at Home and Abroad


Bruno Curvale


Project Manager - Comité national d’évaluation des établissements publics à caractère scientifique, culturel et professionnel (CNE)

A native of France, Bruno Curvale was born on August 14 th, 1959. Mr. Curvale was awarded his Baccalaureate in 1982. He holds a Master of geography (DEA) from Paris I “Pantheon-Sorbonne” University (1987) and graduated in negotiations and conflicts management at Paris V “ René Descartes” University (1997).

Mr. Curvale began his career as assistant photographer in industry and advertising. He has been a member of the Comité National d’Évaluation (Cné) permanent staff since 1990, where he has acted as evaluation manager responsible for the methodological activities since 1995. Since 2000 Mr. Curvale has also been in charge of the international relationships. Bruno Curvale has participated in several international or TEMPUS projects in Poland, FYROM, Albania, and Latin America since 1998. He is currently a member of the pilot group of the TEMPUS EvQua MEDA project and a member of the ENQA board (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) since 2003, where he acted as coordinator of the ENQA Quality Convergence Study (2005).

During the Conference, Mr. Curvale will be presenting on “Transforming External Quality Assurance”.


Hans-Uwe Erichsen


Fmr Chairman - German Rector's Conference, German Accreditation Council

Professor Hans-Uwe Erichsen is the Former Chairman of German Rector’s Conference and of the German Accreditation Council, as well as the former Chairman of the Commission for the Development of universities in Schleswig-Holstein. Since 2000, he has served as a member of the Austrian accreditation council. Additional positions held by Dr. Erichsen include Rector of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (1986-1990), acting director of the Municipal Science Institute at Westfälische Wilhelms-University (1981-2000), member of advisory council of the University of Vienna (1999-2002), and chairman of the board of the Freie Universität Berlin (since 2001).

Dr. Erichsen ’s main research consists of administrative law, administration procedure law, municipal law, constitutional law, and university law. He is credited for approximately 300 publications from both the aforementioned and other research fields.

During the Conference, Professor Erichsen will be presenting on “Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area”.


Nachum Finger


Fmr Rector - Ben- Gurion University of the Negev
Director - Center for Research in Higher Education, Ben- Gurion University of the Negev

Professor Finger holds B.Sc, MSc., and Eng.Sc.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management, as well as M.Phil. and Ed.D. degrees in Higher and Adult Education from Columbia University.

Professor Finger currently serves as Director of the Ben-Gurion University Center for Research in Higher Education. He is also the incumbent of the Sir John and Lady Cohen Chair in Business and Industrial Management.

Since joining Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in 1972, he served as Department Chair of Industrial Engineering and Management in 1975-1976, and again from 1978-1984, and as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences from 1989-1994.

Professor Finger was elected Rector of BGU for two terms from 1994-2002.

He has served in the past as faculty member and/or visiting scholar at the New York Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, and Columbia University. In recognition of his expertise in Business and Management as well as in Higher Education, he is often sought after as a consultant to industry, both nationally and internationally. Most recently, he chaired a national committee for the implementation of quality assessment processes in the Israeli higher education system.

Professor Finger is widely published in his research interests, which include: the influence of government incentives on industrial management; productivity in industry and services; quality improvement methods; TQM; and technology and engineering education.

During the Conference, Professor Finger will be presenting on “From Accreditation to Assessment and Evaluation: The Current Israeli Experience”.


Malcolm Frazer


Director - Infotech
Visiting Professor - Center for Higher Education and Research, The Open University

Dr. Malcolm Frazer is Director of Infotech (an independent service on higher education and employment), and a Visiting Professor in the Centre for Higher Education and Research at the Open University, UK.

Until 1993, he was Chief Executive of both the Council for National Academic Awards, (1986-93) and the Higher Education Quality Council (1992-93)*. He was Chairman of the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (1993-94), and Chief Executive of the University for Swindon and Wiltshire Project (1997-2001).

Malcolm Frazer is a chemist and has published over 100 books and papers on inorganic chemistry, problem solving and science education. From 1972 until 1986 he was Professor of Chemical Education at the University of East Anglia; where, at various times, he was Dean of the School of Chemical Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. Before that he was Head of the Department of Chemistry at Northern Polytechnic (now London Metropolitan University). He is a Vice-President of the Society for Research into Higher Education, and at various times has also been Vice-President of The Royal Institution, The Royal Society of Chemistry and The British Association for the Advancement of Science.

In recent years, his work has centred on quality assurance and accreditation in higher education. He advised on the establishment of the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation, and was a member of its Council from 1989 until 1994. He was the prime mover in establishing the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education. He has worked on quality in higher education in about 25 countries for: British Council/World Bank, Council of Europe, Dutch Validation Council, European Centre for Higher Education, European University Association, and OECD.

Malcolm Frazer is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, CBE. He was awarded the Nyholm Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is the recipient of eight honorary doctorates and eight honorary fellowships

* Dr. Frazer was invited to establish the Higher Education Quality Council and become its first Chief Executive. He accepted, but asked for a contract limited to one year so that he could then retire early (at the same time as the dissolution of the CNAA) in order to establish an independent consultancy on higher education policy.

During the Conference, Dr. Frazer will be presenting on “Is the Four-stage Model of Quality Evaluation always Appropriate?


Bruce G. Hammond


Education Writer, Editor
Director of College Counseling - Sandia Preparatory School

Bruce G. Hammond is Director of College Counseling at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. For nearly twenty years, he has worked with the Fiske Guides: as Managing Editor of the best-selling Fiske Guide to Colleges, and as co-author of the Fiske Guide to Getting Into the Right College and What to Do When for College. He is also author of Discounts and Deals at the Nation's 360 Best Colleges and has written for leading educational and mass market publications. His most recent article, about the College Board Advanced Placement program, is available at

Mr. Hammond is an advocate of U.S. students seeking degrees overseas, and of institutions outside North America seeking to enroll U.S. students.
During the Conference, Mr. Hammond will be presenting on "The American Consumer Mindset and How Overseas Institutions Can Recruit U.S. Students"


Hiroshi Hokama


Fmr Senior Managing Director - Japan University Accreditation Association
Chancellor, Professor Emeritus - Chuo University

Professor Hiroshi Hokama is currently the acting Chancellor of Chuo University, a position he has held since 2003. A Professor of Law at Chuo University in Tokyo (1968-2003), Professor Hokama has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Law (1987-1991) and President of the University (1993-1999). At Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA) he served as the chairman of the Accreditation Committee and as Senior Managing Director from 2001 to 2004.

During the Conference, Professor Hokama will be presenting as a special guest speaker on “Transformation of Quality Assurance System of Higher Education in Japan”.


Martin Ince


Journalist, Contributing Editor - The Times Higher Education Supplement, World University Rankings

Martin Ince is a UK journalist and communications adviser. He is contributing editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement and his duties at The THES include producing the World University Rankings.

He is a media adviser to UK research councils and government and the author of eight books, most recently Conversations with Manuel Castells (Polity 2003, with Manuel Castells).

During the Conference, Martin Ince will be presenting on “Are Rankings Relevant?


Volli Kalm


Chairman - Estonian Higher Education Quality Assessment Council

Dr. Volli Kalm has been the chairman of the Estonian Higher Education Quality Assessment Council since 2004. He is currently a member of the State Commission on Higher Education Reform in Estonia (since 2004) and the ECTS/ DS national coordinator for Estonia (since 2001). From 1998-2003 Professor Kalm acted as Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at the University of Tartu. Prior to that (1995-1998) he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Biology and Geography at the University of Tartu. He has been a professor of Applied Geology since 1992 and served as director of the Institute of Geology from 1992 to 1996 at University of Tartu.

Dr. Kalm ’s scientific affiliations include being a member of INQUA (International Union for Quaternary Research), Commission Glaciation, Quaternary Research Association, the European Association for International Education, and the Association of Estonian Scientists. He is the chairman of ESTQUA, Estonian National Committee of INQUA, and a member of the board for both an International Journal of Quaternary Research, Boreas, and the Journal of the Polish Geological Institute, Quaternaria.

Dr. Kalm ’s research areas include scientific publications on chronology of Quaternary glaciations, stratigraphy and palaeogeography, geoarchaeology. They also include higher education reforms and quality assessment in Estonia.

During the Conference, Dr. Kalm will be presenting on "Higher education reforms and the Birth of Quality Assessment System - Lessons Learned in Central and Eastern Europe."


Peter Knight


Director, Professor - Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University

Peter Knight works in the UK Open University's Institute of Educational Technology. Having recently laid down research and development activity on employability, he is reviving a dormant interest in the ways in which teachers in higher education learn to teach and to teach better. He maintains an interest in the assessment of student learning, his most recent book on the topic being Assessment, Learning and Employability. It was written with Mantz Yorke and published in 2003 by the Open University Press.

During the Conference, Peter Knight will be presenting on “Demonstrating Quality in Higher Education: What's being done about complex outcomes?


Jimmy Leach


Executive Editor - Guardian Unlimited
Editor - Guardian Guide to Universities 2006

Jimmy Leach is the executive editor for Guardian Unlimited and editor of the Guardian University Guide 2005.

During the Conference, Jimmy Leach will be presenting on “Measuring Quality in Higher Education - What business is it of newspapers?



Jacob David Leibenluft

Editor in Chief - Yale Daily News

Jacob Leibenluft is editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News. A junior at Yale majoring in history and economics, he is responsible for managing America 's oldest college daily newspaper. In addition to producing the paper of record for Yale University, the Yale Daily News Co. he also oversees publication of the Insider's Guide to Colleges, a handbook on American universities written by students, for students. Leibenluft, who was selected last year to participate in an international student conference as a Goldman Sachs Global Leader, is a native of Chevy Chase, Maryland .

During the Conference, Jacob Leibenluft will be presenting on "Life at the Top: The Impact of Rankings and Competitiveness on Students and Applicants at America 's Top Universities. "


Tryphon Pneumaticos


Director - Department of Education and Culture, Republic of Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture

Tryphon Pneumaticos was born in Dora, Limassol in 1945. He graduated in 1963 from High School and he continued his studies at the University of Salonica ( Greece). He obtained the final degree (Ptychio) in Mathematics in 1968. At the University of Waterloo , Canada he followed graduate studies between 1975 and 1979, where he has been conferred the degrees: Master of Mathematics (Statistics), 1976 and Doctor of Philosophy (Statistics), 1979. During his studies, he has been financially supported through scholarships or assistantships by the authorities of the corresponding Universities. He worked as a high school teacher of Mathematics and in 1990 he started working in the Department of Higher and Tertiary Education as a Senior and Chief Educational Officer. From February 2002 until January 2005, he has been the Director of the Department, within the Ministry of Education and Culture. He was Member of the Council for Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (KySATS), and he participated in a number of seminars and working groups in Cyprus and abroad for the following:

  • Higher Education
  • Recognition of degrees
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • The Bologna Process
  • The Mobility of students and professionals
  • Other related issues

For some of the above, he participated in working groups in Brussels, either as the Cyprus representative, or as an expert. Currently, he works as a free consultant in Statistics and Higher Education, and his interests extend to education in ICT.

During the Conference, Dr. Pneumaticos will be presenting on “ The Cyprus Experience in Quality Higher Education through Accreditation”.


Gemma Rauret


Director - AQU Catalunya (Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Catalonia)

Gemma Rauret was born in Barcelona in 1942. She is married and has two sons. She graduated with a degree in Chemical Sciences from the University of Barcelona in 1963 and a Phd in Sciences for the same university in 1970 with a "cum laude" distinction.

Gemma Rauret developed her academic career at the University of Barcelona, first as assistant of practical classes, afterwards from 1976, as tenured assistant professor. In 1984 she became full professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Barcelona.

She has served several academic posts in the Analytical Chemistry Department, as well as in the Faculty of Chemistry, where she has been academic secretary, vice dean and dean, and has also held the General Secretary's Office at the University of Barcelona. She has been a member of numerous commissions, among them the Academic Committee of the University of Barcelona highlights.

Since 1998, she is the Director of the Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Catalonia (AQU Catalunya).

Since 1969, Dr. Rauret teaches Analytical Chemistry at all levels, from the introductory-level courses to Ph-level courses. She participates actively in the modernization of the contents of her speciality and has introduced courses on radiochemistry and on the quality assessment of the analytical process. She is member of a group of educational innovation and she has worked to establish a quality system in the laboratories of the Chemistry Faculty. She has supervised more than 20 doctoral thesis apart from many degree thesis and several masters. As a researcher, she works on environmental analytical chemistry and in the quality of the analytical process. She has published about 200 research works on environmental analytical chemistry subjects in international specialized magazines.

She is the director of a research group recognized by the Catalan Government ( Generalitat de Catalunya) since the I Research Plan of Catalonia. The group participates in several Catalan and European nets. She has participated in and coordinated numerous international research projects within the framework of the European Union, among them several in the program of radio protection related with Chernobyl.

She has also worked in laboratories quality issues, especially in the preparation and certification of reference materials, in analytical methodologies coordination and designing interlaboratory exercises. She is a member of the Certification Committee of reference materials in the IV and V framework Programmes of the European Commission.

In 1992, she was awarded with the medal Narcís Monturiol for her scientific research by the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Also, Dr. Rauret has acted as an external evaluator in other Spanish universities. Lately, as the Director of AQU Catalunya, she has participated very actively in promoting the quality of the Catalan university system and has participated in the National Plan for universities assessment of the Spanish Ministry of Education as a member of the Technical Committee. Dr. Rauret continues to attend and participate in numerous national and international seminars and congresses. She has published some works in the field of the institutional evaluation, as well as collaborating with the European network of agencies ENQA, with the international network of quality assurance agencies INQAAHE, and with European agencies (such as those of Denmark and the UK) in transnational assessment projects.

During the Conference, Dr. Rauret will be presenting on “A Step by Step Approach for Quality Assurance Demonstration in HE”.


Eugene Rice


Fmr Director - Forum on Faculty and Rewards and the New Pathways project, American Association for Higher Education
Senior Scholar - PhD Program in Leadership and Change, Antioch University

R. Eugene Rice recently became Senior Scholar in the new Ph.D. Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University. For ten years he served as Director of the Forum on Faculty Roles and Rewards and the New Pathways projects at the American Association for Higher Education. Before moving to AAHE, he was Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Antioch College, where he held an appointment as Professor of Sociology and Religion. Earlier, Gene was Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation engaged in the national study of the scholarly priorities of the American professoriate and collaborating with the late Ernest Boyer on the Carnegie Report Scholarship Reconsidered. His work on that topic is available in AAHE’s New Pathways Working Paper Series in an essay entitled “Making a Place for the New American Scholar,” and will appear in a new book Faculty Priorities Reconsidered: Encouraging Multiple Forms of Scholarship that he edits with KerryAnn O’Meara (Jossey-Bass).

Rice’s recent work on early-career faculty can be found in a new paper entitled “Heeding New Voices: Academic Careers for a New Generation” written with Mary Deane Sorcinelli and Ann Austin. Rice also collaborated with Sorcinelli in a chapter on “Improving the Tenure Process” appearing in a book on tenure published recently by Harvard Press.

During the major part of his career, Rice was professor of Sociology and Religion at the University of the Pacific, where he helped initiate the first of the experimental “cluster colleges” — Raymond College— and served as chairperson of the Department of Sociology. His teaching and research focus on the sociology and ethics of the professions and the workplace. Gene Rice is a recipient of the Danforth Fellowship, National Endowment of the Humanities Research Fellowship, Mina Schaughnessy Scholar’s Award, and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Marietta College. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

In Change magazine’s recent survey of America’s higher education leaders, Gene Rice is recognized as one of a small group of “idea leaders” whose work has made a difference nationally.

During the Conference, R. Eugene Rice will be presenting on "The Collegial Culture versus the Managerial Culture: Sources of Resistance to the Accreditation Process ".


Christian Thune


President - European Association for Quality Assurance of Higher Education (ENQA)
Executive Director - Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA)

Christian Thune was, for a number of years, Professor of International Politics at the University of Copenhagen, and he was Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Law and Political Science. In 1992 the Danish government appointed him Director of the new Centre for Quality Assurance and Evaluation of Higher Education. During the period of 1992-99 the Centre evaluated all higher education programmes in Denmark. In 1999 Christian Thune was appointed Executive Director of the new Danish Evaluation Institute that was established by the government with the mandate systematically to evaluate all levels and sectors of Danish education.

Since 2000 Christian Thune has been President of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).


During the Conference, Christian Thune will be presenting on “Agreed European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance ”.


Athanasios Veremis

President – National Board of Education of Greece
Professor - University of Athens

During the Conference, Professor Veremis will be presenting on “Developments in Greece”.


Mark Wilson

Professor - University of California, Berkeley

Mark Wilson is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the area of measurement, evaluation and statistical analysis ( MESA). 

His work spans a range of issues in measurement and assessment from the development of new statistical models for analyzing measurement data, to the development of new assessments in subject matters such as science education, patient-reported outcomes and child development, to the use of educational assessment data in accountability systems.  He has recently published three books: (a) one, entitled Constructing measures: An item response modeling approach (Erlbaum), is an introduction to modern measurement; the second (with Paul De Boeck of the University of Leuven in Belgium), entitled Explanatory item response models: A generalized linear and nonlinear approach (Springer-Verlag), introduces an overarching framework for the statistical modeling of measurements that makes available new tools for understanding the meaning and nature of measurement; the third, entitled Towards coherence between classroom assessment and accountability (University of Chicago Press--National Society for the Study of Education) is an edited volume that explores the issues relating to the relationships between large-scale assessment and classroom-level assessment. 

He is currently chairing a National Research Council committee on assessment of science achievement.  He is also the founding editor of a new journal: Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives.

During the Conference, Mark Wilson will be presenting on “Assessment - A key aspect of teaching and learning”.


Erno Zalai


Professor of Economics - Department of Mathematical Economics and Econometrics, Corvinus University of Budapest (formerly: Economics and Public Administration)

Prof. Erno Zalai is the Chairman of the Department of Mathematical Economics and Econometrics and a professor of Economics at Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration. He is currently the Deputy Director for the Center for Public Affairs Studies, Chairman of the University Committee for Scientific and Doctoral Affairs, Academic Director of the Ph.D. Programs in Economics, Chairman of the Scientific Qualification Committee (Economics and Management section) Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the Economics and Business Administration Committee for the Hungarian Accreditation Board.

In 1998 Dr. Zalai became a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He holds a Doctor of Economic Science Degree from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, as well as Doctor’s Degree and a M.Sc. in Operations Research from the Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences (KMUES).

Most recently, in 2004, Dr. Zalai was awarded the “ Knight Cross” by the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic, civil division. He has also been awarded the “Szentgyörgyi Award” (the highest award given but the Minister of Education, 2003) and the “Academy Prize” (award given by the President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1992).

Professor Zalai actively participates in international research and educational networks. He is the coordinator and contractor of two Tempus projects and other projects financed by foreign (Ford Foundation, PEW Charitable Trust) or domestic foundations. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board of several professional journals, including Public Administration and Development, AULA, Society and Economy, Szigma, and Közgazdasági Szemle. He is also a member of various university as well as nation councils and boards.

Professor Zalai lives in Hungary. He is married and has three children.

During the Conference, Professor Zalai will be presenting on “Some Aspects of the ‘ Bologna ’ Transition and the Quality in Higher Education in Hungary”.


Robert Zemsky


Chair, Professor -The Learning Alliance for Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania

Professor Zemsky currently serves as Chair of The Learning Alliance, a broad coalition of organizations and firms assisting institutions in implementing their change agendas. From 1980 through 2000, Professor Zemsky served as the founding director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Research on Higher Education, one of this country’s major public policy centers specializing in educational research and analysis. Much of his best known writing, including “The Lattice and the Ratchet” and “To Dance with Change” have appeared in Policy Perspectives. Professor Zemsky is also a frequent contributor to Change magazine. In his research Professor Zemsky pioneered the use of market analyses for higher education. His most recent work--Thwarted Innovation—What happened to e-learning and why? Was undertaken in collaboration with William Massy. This summer Rutgers University Press will publish Remaking the American University Mission Centered and Market Smart Mission Centered and Market Smart Professor Zemsky, Professor Massy, and Gregory Wegner.

From 1990 through 1995, Professor Zemsky served as Co-Director of the National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce and from 1996 through 2004 as a Senior Scholar with the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement. At the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Zemsky has been the University’s chief planning officer, and served as Master of Hill College House. In 1998, Change magazine named him as one of higher education’s top forty leaders for his role as an agenda-setter. He is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He was a postdoctoral Social Science Research Council Fellow in Linguistics and was later chair of that Council’s Committee on Social Science Personnel. In 1998 he received a Doctor of Humane Letters (Hon.) from Towson University. He is currently a Trustee of Franklin and Marshall College and a member of the National Advisory Board for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

During the Conference, Professor Zemsky will be presenting on “Markets and Quality in Higher Education: A Closing Comment


Participation of all speakers was sponsored by the Hellenic American University..

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