Frick Named Accreditation Consultant-Evaluator
December 4, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University Associate Provost for Academic Services
Jeff Frick has been named a consultant-evaluator in the Peer Review Corps of The Higher
The Commission is an independent corporation recognized by the U.S. Department of
Education, which evaluates and offers guidance to higher education institutions working
toward accreditation. As a consultant-evaluator, Frick will travel to colleges and
universities as part of a team of Peer Review Corps members to determine if criteria
for accreditation are being met.
“The idea behind accreditation is to ensure universities and colleges are meeting
expectations in areas such as integrity, student learning, effective teaching and
service,” said Frick, who finished the intensive training to become a consultant-evaluator
in November. “More than a checklist of what they do and don’t need to have, accreditation
is proof that an institution is working to meet the needs of its various constituents.”
Frick will travel to one or two peer institutions a year within the 19 states covered
by The Higher Learning Commission. Along with evaluating institutions, Frick and his
fellow consultants will provide ideas to help with improvement. “A major focus of
the Commission is continuous improvement,” said Frick. “We will be there to offer
suggestions and help institutions think toward the future.”
Illinois Wesleyan will be up for accreditation review in 2013. Frick believes his
participation on the Peer Review Board will bring a better understanding to the process.
“I’m hopeful my training will be useful to the University as we approach our next
accreditation visit,” he said.
Frick earned a degree in chemistry from Augustana College in 1986, and his doctorate
in chemistry from Loyola University of Chicago in 1991, where he received the Dumbach
Medal in 1990. Joining Illinois Wesleyan in 1992 as a member of the chemistry faculty,
Frick served as chair of the department from 1999 to 2004. In 1995, he was named
Professor of the Year by the Illinois Wesleyan student body, and was also inducted
into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Frick was tapped to be the assistant provost and
registrar in 2005, promoted to associate provost for academic services in 2008.
A member of the 1996 class of Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century, Frick
is also part of the F21 Network of Department Chairs and Senior Administrators. He
has co-authored many papers – including several on the chemistry of pesticide contamination
– and helped author two chemistry textbooks. Frick has been an editorial reviewer
for the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Tetrahedron Letters, Organic Letters, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry and the Journal of Chemical Education. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960