The Office of Institutional Compliance and Reporting is a multi-faceted position with a varied role and responsibility that extends university-wide. More specifically, because the university is an eligible institution to participate in federal and state student financial assistance programs, the Institutional Compliance component measures the level of accuracy to meet or exceed specific federal and state rules and regulations relating to taxpayer-funded grant and loan payments made to students under those programs. Additionally, the Institutional Reporting component is an extension of compliance with the regulations to timely and accurately report required federal and state student aid program expenditure data and information on a monthly, quarterly, and/or annual basis. Furthermore, the position serves as the Institutional Research function for report generation and the compilation of specific analytical data for submission to cognizant agencies at the federal and state level.
A native Pennsylvanian, Keith obtained a B.S. degree from Rider University (formerly Rider College) in Lawrenceville, New Jersey in 1976 and has either worked at or worked with dozens of institutions of higher education throughout the United States for 34 years. His experience includes 25 years of executive management positions overseeing financial aid, student finance, regulatory compliance, and/or governmental relations. Most recently he was employed at Berkeley College (New Jersey) for 13 years (1993-2007) prior to arriving at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.
Recognized as a leader in the field of student financial assistance program regulatory compliance, Keith was invited to testify as an expert witness before the U.S. House of Representatives in 1997 at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Higher Education. In 1999, he was appointed by New Jersey governor Christie Whitman to the board of the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (NJHESAA), where he served two terms with distinction through 2005 and one year during that period was Vice Chair of the board.
Keith was one of four members of the Steering Committee to coordinate the university-wide self-study seeking initial accreditation of the university by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which was attained in June 2009. He also serves as the lead for institutional assessment and effectiveness practices and is the university safety officer for chemical storage and the chemistry labs.