Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Nicholas R. Santilli, Ph.D.

Interim Provost and Academic Vice President

Professor of Psychological Science

John Carroll University

Nicholas R. Santilli, Ph.D. presently serves as Associate Provost for Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness at John Carroll University. In this role, Dr. Santilli will direct the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and lead a team of professionals including:  the Director of the Office of Assessment, and the Coordinator of Institutional Research. His primary responsibilities include: developing and managing processes that help to evaluate if the University is fulfilling its mission and goals and to improve programs and services; oversee the administration of processes and systems that support the University’s regional accreditation and the accreditation of special programs; oversee data collection and analysis of student success in light of university institutional learning goals; coordinate the reporting of institutional research findings to campus; analyze, maintain, and disseminate relevant information about peer and aspirant institutions, and; develop and maintain a program of environmental scanning and benchmarking required to support assessment and institutional planning.

From July 2012 to July 2015, Dr. Santilli served as the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Notre Dame College of Ohio. Dr. Santilli was the chief academic and student affairs officer of the college. His duties spanned the academic and student affairs divisions of the College and included: enhancing and enriching the College’s academic and intellectual life; guiding the faculty in the implementation of the College’s newly crafted core curriculum; fully implementing a culture of assessment and accountability consistent with Higher Learning Commission norms leading to mission-driven outcomes; fusing the academic experience inside and outside of the classroom with student life into a unified collegiate experience, including the integration of intercollegiate athletics into the mainstream of the College’s academic and student life programming.

Prior to joining Notre Dame College from 2012-2015, Dr. Santilli was a tenured member of the faculty at John Carroll University. His field of expertise is adolescent and emerging adult development, with a special interest in social and personality development. Dr. Santilli has co-authored a book on service-learning with his research colleague Dr. Mark Falbo, co-edited a text on adolescent social development, and has published numerous papers and reports in professional journals. His research interests include the development of civic engagement among high school and college students, moral and spiritual development, and identity formation.

In 2003, Dr. Santilli completed the prestigious American Council on Education Fellowship. The ACE Fellowship is the signature higher education leadership program, allowing promising university faculty and administrators to spend a year working with college and university presidents, provosts, and vice presidents. Dr. Santilli spent his year working in the Office of the President at the University of Toledo, with President Daniel Johnson. The Fellowship year also includes intensive week-long workshops on topics including strategic planning and assessment, budgets and finance, government relations, admissions and financial aid, leadership in higher education.

In 2004, Dr. Santilli assumed the position of Director, Planning and Assessment, in 2007 he was appointed to Associate Academic Vice President for Planning and Assessment, and in 2009 was promoted to Associate Academic Vice President for Planning, Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness where he was responsible for guiding the university’s strategic planning process, assessment of student learning, and tracking institutional effectiveness. In August 2011 he returned to the faculty full-time retaining the position of Director of Planning and Academic Budgeting.

Dr. Santilli has been a member and officer on several community and professional boards. He served as president and vice president of the board of trustees for the Ravenwood Community Mental Health Center in Geauga County, vice president of the board of trustees for Willoughby-Eastlake Schools Foundation, and served as president for two volunteer organizations affiliated with schools in the Willoughby-Eastlake Public School System. In addition to his community board experience, Dr. Santilli has served on numerous advisory boards and committees at John Carroll University and serves on several committees for the Fellows program of the American Council on Education, and is an active member of the Society for College and University Planning and presently serves as the Chair of the Board for SCUP’s Board of Directors.