Cheryl Beil

Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Assessment and Assistant Research Professor of Psychology
Office of Academic Planning and Assessment
Address: 1922 F Street, NW
Suite 421
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-6712
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Cheryl Beil

Over the course of 45 years, Cheryl Beil has held a number of roles and leadership positions at GW. In 1976, she was hired as Assistant Dean of Students, a role she served in for 14 years. During this time, she introduced the university’s first retention initiative, designed surveys to track students’ experiences at and satisfaction with their education, and helped develop CCAS’s Freshman Advising Workshop, an eight-week course designed to orient and advise new students during their first semester at GW. She co-taught the course for 15 years and served as a faculty advisor for the students in the course.

 When Stephen Joel Trachtenberg was hired as President of the university in 1989, Cheryl was asked to join the new enrollment management team, serving as the inaugural director of the Office of Enrollment Research and Retention. This team was responsible for changing the perception of GW from a regional university to a national university, increasing the number of applicants and matriculants, improving the quality of students who enrolled, and attracting students from all fifty states and from countries in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. She co-chaired the first Retention Task Force, designed to increase retention rates by 5% in five years. This goal was achieved in three years.

In 1998, Cheryl moved to the academic side of the university, creating a new entity working under the Vice President for Academic Planning. Cheryl served as the inaugural executive director of the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment. In this role, the office continued to survey both graduate and undergraduate students to see how their experiences could be improved, and moved paper course evaluations online. Assessment of student learning became a new requirement for accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, GW’s accrediting agency. Cheryl embarked on developing a university-wide assessment plan, educating faculty, department chairs, and deans about the new mandate.

Ten years later, in 2008, the Offices of Institutional Research and Planning and Survey Research and Analysis were moved under her auspices; in 2013, the Office of the Academic Editor, which produces the university Bulletin, joined the unit, and an Office of Assessment was established. Under her leadership, the university Bulletin, which was a paper-based operation was moved online to facilitate the review and approval of new and revised courses and programs, and to make university regulations and program requirements accessible online. Recently the Program Finder was added to the Bulletin as a tool to help potential applicants find information about the myriad programs offered at GW. Cheryl serves as the final reviewer of all course and program proposals and changes and manages the academic program review process for the Office of the Provost.

  As Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Assessment, Cheryl co-chaired two Middle States Self-Studies, which are required for reaccreditation, took on the responsibility of serving as GW’s Accreditation Liaison Officer to Middle States; and served as an external peer evaluator for a number of universities going through reaccreditation. She also managed the substantive change request to obtain Middle States approval of the Corcoran College’s move to GW and worked on the initial Corcoran School self-study to obtain reaccreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). In addition, she manages the Academic Program Review process, making sure that assessment of student learning is included in the program’s review.

Over the years Cheryl has served on a number of university task forces including the development of the University Writing Program; the revision of CCAS’s general education program (GPAC), the 2020-21 Strategic Plan, and the 2020 Distinguished and Distinctive Graduate Education task force, to name a few. She has worked with a number of programs to design and implement the assessment components of their grants, and with faculty and students doing research.

In her early years at GW, Cheryl taught classes on the psychology of women, and is currently Assistant Research Professor of Psychology. She has a B.A. degree in the social sciences from the New School for Social Research, an M.A. in counseling psychology and an M.S.W. in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Ph.D. in social psychology from GW. In 1997 she received the GW Award for outstanding contributions to GW, and in 2001 she was the recipient of the Excellence in Academic Advising Award from CCAS.