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Call for Site Evaluators

The Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC) seeks individuals to serve as site evaluators for several postsecondary institution site evaluations.

The HELC is establishing a pool of neutral, qualified professionals who have knowledge, skills or expertise in one or more of the following areas: postsecondary education, academic administration, accreditation, or compliance. Evaluators must be able to devote two or three full business days to the completion of site evaluations.

Selection criteria for evaluators include:

  1. At least five years’ experience in an applicable postsecondary area of expertise;
  2. Credentialing or appropriate educational background in the field(s) of instruction offered   by the institution to be evaluated;
  3. Teaching or curriculum development experience, service as an educational practitioner, and currency or activity within the area/profession of expertise;
  4. Experience in completing educational site evaluations is preferred (but not required).
  5. Preference will be given to prospective evaluators residing in the District of Columbia.

Evaluators will complete a written assessment report on-site, including a recommendation to the Commission based on the findings therein. Evaluators who meet specific requirements will be compensated following each site evaluation and subsequent report completed.   

Evaluators may be affiliated with private or public educational institutions or professional organizations. The Commission does not approve prospective evaluators who have either direct or indirect ties to the institution being evaluated. It is vital that evaluators disclose any and all affiliations they or members of their family have had with the institutions being evaluated. This disclosure must be provided to HELC staff in writing (via email) within five business days following staff’s request of evaluator availability to serve on an evaluation team. Such a disclosure will not automatically disqualify a prospective evaluator, but the Commission must avoid any actual or apparent conflicts of interest. Evaluator resumes are reviewed to ensure the members selected have credentials and experience in teaching, research, administration, or other related fields, and who have had licensing or accreditation experience.    
    
Applicants will be added to a pool of site evaluators that will be contacted with specific opportunities and dates as evaluations to postsecondary institutions are scheduled. Evaluators will be contacted based on areas of expertise and the postsecondary institution type to be visited. Applying to be a site evaluator does not guarantee selection.

To be eligible for compensation (honorarium), evaluators must submit an interest form and resume, and attend a mandatory training session at the HELC office. Honorarium will only be provided after submission of the written assessment report of the institution and an expense report. Upon accepting a site evaluation request, the evaluator agrees to be called upon by the Commission following the evaluation, in the event that additional information is needed, or in the case of a legal proceeding pertaining to the institution.

To read more the Commission, visit the HELC’s website.

For more information or to express interest in serving as a site evaluator, please contact Jocelyn Harris at [email protected].