Biography

I have twenty-eight years of experience in higher education including: project administration, program evaluation and assessment, accreditation management, teaching, and faculty development. A senior administrator with an accomplished record of leadership and program development, I collaborate with faculty on assessment, strategic planning and curriculum development and approval. I have designed, implemented and evaluated programs and initiatives to promote student success, assess student learning, and monitor institutional effectiveness. As Temple University’s Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO), I work regularly with internal governing bodies, and external governing and accrediting bodies. I have consulted with 2- and 4-year colleges and universities on designing and implementing comprehensive plans and processes for assessing student learning and institutional effectiveness and accreditation management. My early career work centered on the development, implementation and assessment of learning communities, freshman seminars and other first-year experience programs. In 2014-15, I served as co-PI for Temple University’s participation in the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Transformational Planning Grant project. Temple’s work focused on holistic approaches to student success, most notably a new admissions pathway for students who show potential for success but do not test well. The grant also allowed for exploration of use of non-cognitive factors in development of student success and retention initiatives. Since early 2014, I have led Temple’s implementation of Fly in 4, a campus-wide program to limit student debt and the costs of college by increasing the number of students who graduate in four years.

Research Interests

  • Student Success
  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Accreditation Management

Courses Taught

Number

Name

Level

HIED 5101

Introduction to Higher Education

Graduate

HIED 5102

Administration of Higher Education

Graduate

HIED 5301

Planning and Assessment in Higher Education

Graduate

HIED 8093

Advanced Higher Education Research Seminar

Graduate

HIED 8262

Advanced Practice-Based Qualitative Research in Higher Education

Graduate

Selected Publications

Recent

  • Levine-Laufgraben, J. (2007). Supporting First-Year Transitions. In B.L. Smith & L.B. Williams (Eds.), Learning Communities and Student Affairs: Partnering for Powerful Learning. Olympia, WA: Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, Evergreen State College. Retrieved from http://www.worldcat.org/

  • Jones, P.R., Laufgraben, J.L., & Morris, N. (2006). Developing an empirically based typology of attitudes of entering students toward participation in learning communities. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 31(3), pp. 249-265. doi: 10.1080/02602930500352766

  • Laufgraben, J.L. (2006). Common Reading Programs Going Beyond the Book. First-Year Experience Monograp.

  • Laufgraben, J.L. (2005). Building learning communities for first-year students. In Improving the First Year of College: Research and Practice (pp. 183-204). doi: 10.4324/9781410611864-17

  • Levine-Laufgraben, J. & Ayres, H.W. (2004). Learning and Changing Through Programmatic Self-Study and Peer Review. Washington, DC: American Association for Higher Education. Retrieved from http://www.worldcat.org/

  • Levine-Laufgraben, J. (2004). Learning in and about Community in a World Class City. In J.M. Henscheid (Ed.), Integrating the First-Year Experience: The Role of First-Year Seminars in Learning Communities. Columbia, SC: National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, University of South Carolina. Retrieved from http://www.worldcat.org/

  • Laufraben, J.L. (2004). How Benchmarking Can Help Us Improve What We Do. About Campus, 8(6), pp. 4-11. About Campus. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/

  • Levine-Laufgraben, J. (2003). Faculty Development: Growing, Reflecting, Learning, and Changing. In J. O'Connor & J.A. Anderson (Eds.), Learning Communities in Research Universities. Olympia, WA: The Evergreen State College, Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education in cooperation with the American Association for Higher Education. Retrieved from http://www.worldcat.org/

  • Levine-Laufgraben, J. (2001). Assessing Curricular Learning Communities. In R.L. Swing (Ed.), Proving and Improving: Strategies for Assessing the First College Year. Columbia, SC: First-Year Experience & Students in Transition South Carolin. Retrieved from http://www.worldcat.org/

  • Jackson, B., Levine, J., & Patton, J. (2000). Restructuring for Urban Student Success: Essay Collection. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/

  • Levine, J.H. & Shapiro, N.S. (2000). Hogwarts-The Learning Community. About Campus, 5(4), pp. 8-13. About Campus. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/

  • Levine-Laufgraben, J. & Ketcheson, K. (1999). Evaluating and Assessing Learning Communities. In J. Levine-Laufgraben (Ed.), Learning Communities: New Structures, New Partnerships for Learning. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina. Retrieved from http://www.worldcat.org/

  • Levine-Laufgraben, J. & Ketcheson, K. (1999). Evaluating and Assessing Learning Communities. In J. Levine-Laufgraben (Ed.), Learning Communities: New Structures, New Partnerships for Learning. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina. Retrieved from http://www.worldcat.org/