Illinois Community College System Program Review Advisory Committee

The Illinois Community College System Program Review Advisory Committee (Advisory) supports the efforts of the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) to coordinate a statewide system of review of instructional programs of study provided by community colleges in Illinois.


Convening the Advisory is part of the commitment made by ICCB and OCCRL to work with practitioner-scholars statewide. Through the collaboration, the organizations support an equitable and evidence-driven program review process that promotes rigorous programs and exceptional outcomes for students and institutions. The Advisory will assist the following goals in this work: 

  1. Improve the efficiency and efficacy of the program review process by identifying challenges, redundancies, and omissions and providing recommendations for refining the process.
  2. Identify, develop, and/or refine professional development, technical support, and supplemental materials that could improve outcomes associated with program review.
  3. Improve the application of program review findings in colleges' campus-level programmatic planning and decision-making processes.


Service on the Advisory is voluntary by self-nomination. The Advisory is comprised of eight professionals who have substantive experience with program review in Illinois. These individuals are employed at an Illinois community college and willing to serve on the committee for at least two years—sometimes three—to provide continuity throughout the implementation of the new program review cycle.

Members of the Advisory attend four meetings annually. Three of the four quarterly meetings are virtual two-hour gatherings, and the fourth meeting is four hours and takes place in person. Advisory members spend time preparing for meetings, travel to the in-person convening, and engage in targeted activities or tasks organized by subcommittees. 

Advisory Board Members

Jonita Ellis
Coordinator of Academic Assessment and Reporting
College of DuPage
Kathleen Gorski
Dean of Learning Outcomes, Curriculum and Program Development

Waubonsee Community College
Michelle Johnson
Director of Institutional Effectiveness/Compliance
Carl Sandburg College
Kathy MalcolmDirector of Planning and Institutional EffectivenessBlack Hawk College
David Naze
Dean of Academic Excellence and Support
Joliet Junior College
Brandon Nichols
District Director, Accreditation, Assessment, and Educational Development

City Colleges of Chicago
Teena Zindel-McWilliamsDirector of Institutional and Academic PlanningRichland Community College
Patty ZuccarelloDean of Career and Technical EducationJoliet Junior College