Andrew Scott Ziner, Ph.D.
President, Atlantic Social Research Corporation (ASRC)
Andrew Scott Ziner earned his doctoral degree in sociology and applied statistics at the University of North Texas in 1986 and founded the Atlantic Social Research Corporation (ASRC) in May 1996. Dr. Ziner's longstanding private research practice includes more than three decades of developing, budgeting and administering over two hundred quantitative and qualitative program evaluation studies, both immense (HART HOPE VI community revitalization in Allentown, PA) and modest (Easton Middle School Success Program in Easton, PA), presenting deliverables to distinct populations and building community alliances with project stakeholders (e.g., corporate leaders, government and social service executive administrators, board directors, and college administrators).
Dr. Ziner's professional career in higher education includes an extensive thirty-four year record of teaching, research, and both administrative and executive service at large and small colleges and universities in the public and private sectors. Relevant highlights include appointments in the following capacities: Associate Professor (tenured) and Director of the Social Science Research Institute (Cedar Crest College), Director of Assessment (Drexel University), Executive Director of Institutional Research and Assessment (Bucks County Community College), Director of Assessment and Accreditation (East Stroudsburg University), Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Assessment and, in turn, College President (Eastern International College). In the latter three positions, Dr. Ziner served as Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
Throughout his tenure in higher education, Dr. Ziner's expertise in strategic planning, curricular assessment, program development and evaluation, and accreditation led him to successfully carry out a wide range of charges, including documenting, measuring and assessing institutional effectiveness and continuous improvement at the course, program, college and institutional levels, enhancing organizational efficacy through operational program evaluations, and ensuring compliance with accreditation standards, regulations and policies through comprehensive, integrated and sustained data collection initiatives. Dr. Ziner also conducted program feasibility studies where he analyzed market and labor force data to assess the viability of prospective academic degree programs to provide higher educational administrators with entrepreneurial insight into the scope and scale of potential job markets for program graduates (to identify and weigh competition) and to integrate industry-driven curricular needs (i.e., specific soft and hard skills) into their degree requirements.
At Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA) and East Stroudsburg University (East Stroudsburg, PA), Dr. Ziner designed, implemented and reported on critical program evaluations and campus-wide assessment and accreditation initiatives in the context of MSCHE Self-Study. These energies resulted in oral and written commendation from MSCHE in Spring 2012 and Spring 2017, respectively, for innovative, three-pronged, strategies he developed, facilitated and implemented that helped to resolve previously raised concerns for former Middle States Standards’ 7 (Institutional Effectiveness) and 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). At East Stroudsburg University and Eastern International College (EIC), Dr. Ziner's responsibilities also included the development and submission of the institution’s Compliance Report to MSCHE which is required before the Self-Study Report can be submitted prior to the site team visit.
In the fall 2019, Dr. A.S. Ziner retired as EIC's President and returned to his private research practice with ASRC to partner with NPOs to address their program evaluation needs and, separately, with two- and four-year colleges and universities in their pursuit of MSCHE regional accreditation.