Assessment Learning Community

The UCITE Assessment Learning Community (ALC) consists of an interdisciplinary group of CWRU teaching faculty colleagues who seek to explore and expand their understanding of student assessment. Learning Community participants will gain a better understanding of relationships between student assessment in course settings and degree program outcomes. Teaching faculty will also have opportunities to design and revise assessment tools for use in their own courses and discuss readings associated with assessment tools and techniques used in college classrooms. 

The Assessment Learning Community program is structured by weekly meetings over a period of seven weeks. In each session, faculty will consider innovative assessment practices that can be used to enhance student engagement and accurately measure student learning.

Assessment Learning Community program topics include but are not limited to:

  • development and use of assessment tools appropriate for large and small class spaces;
  • alignment of course goals, assessment tools, and instructional strategies;
  • use of assessment to record student learning;
  • use of assessment to monitor student progress; and
  • exploration of relationships between assessment of student learning and assessment of program-level outcomes.

Meeting Information and Requirements

In the Spring 2021 term, meetings will take place on Wednesdays from 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. The ALC will begin meeting on Wednesday, February 17 (3rd week) and end on April 7, 2021.  The ALC will not meet on March 24, and there are 7 sessions in total.

Participation in the Assessment Learning Community program requires a commitment from faculty members to attend all weekly seminars and actively engage with ALC readings, reflective journals, and program evaluations. Participants should allow approximately four hours per week for seminar-related reading and working activities. The ALC will not meet the week of spring break.

If you would like to apply to join the inaugural UCITE Assessment Learning Community, please check your calendars for the semester to ensure that you can participate in the 7-week seminar. We understand that professional and personal commitments may cause you to miss one of our sessions. We can work with you in these circumstances if appropriate advance notice is provided. Missing multiple sessions, however, will result in withdrawal from the program. If you have any questions as you consider applying to participate in the ALC, please email us at

Faculty who successfully complete the Assessment Learning Community program will receive a $1000 grant for academic purposes. Funding is available the semester following the program.


Application Procedures

We invite faculty, of all academic ranks (e.g. part-time Lecturer through Senior Faculty) to apply.    

To apply for the Assessment Learning Community program, please complete a contact form and provide a one- to two-page letter of interest.

  1. Complete the contact form located here.
  2. In the letter of interest, briefly explain why you are applying to participate in the learning community by addressing the following points:
  3. How will participation in the ALC help you to achieve your personal educational development goals as a faculty member?
  4. How might you share insights about assessment with your department colleagues?
  5. Share any prior experience(s) you may have had regarding educational development in the area of assessment.
  6. Share what classes you typically teach at CWRU, including approximate class enrollments, and briefly discuss assessment tools you use with your students.
  7. What do you hope to gain from participation in the Assessment Learning Community?

Your letter of interest should be submitted in pdf format to by January 15, 2021.

Assessment Learning Community Members

Name School Department
Angela Arumpanayil Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Nursing
Karen Ishler Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Mandel
Janna Kinney Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Nursing
Anirban Mondal College of Arts and Sciences Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics
Matthew Salerno School of Law Law
Rita Sfiligoj Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Nursing
Donna Thompson Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Nursing