Assessment & Improvement


ISLAB - The institutional and student learning advisory board

The purpose of the advisory board is to facilitate a comprehensive and effective plan to demonstrate achievement of Middle States accreditation standards and to offer guidance to ISLAC, IEC and their subcommittees in reaching these goals.

The Institutional and Student Learning Advisory Board (ISLAB) current membership:

Dr. Leah Chambers, chair
Mr. Len Cullo, vice president of Finance and Administration
Mr. Jim Geiger, vice president of University Advancement
Dr. Susanne Fenske, vice president of Student Affairs
Dr. Pam Gent, Associate vice president of Academic Affairs
Dr. Sharon Montgomery, director of General Education


The purpose of ISLAC is to help advance a sustainable culture of assessment at Clarion University that is both valued and supported across all divisions.  In addressing this charge, the committee works to ensure that:


1. Clarion University has developed and implemented an assessment process that evaluates its overall effectiveness in achieving its mission and strategic directions and its compliance with institutional accreditation standards;

2. Clarion University's assessment of student learning demonstrates that students have knowledge, skills, and competencies consistent with the goals of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and of the university. 

One of ISLAC's most important undertakings in the past two years has been to formalize program assessment at the University. During the 2015-2016 Academic Year, 85% of the programs at Clarion participated in the annual assessment process.

This assessment data is being used to make programmatic changes and to improve student learning across the curriculum. Part of the program assessment process is focused on aligning program outcomes with the University-wide outcomes.

These outcomes align with and were adapted from the AAC&U's (Association of American Colleges and Universities) LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes:

University-wide Learning Outcomes

Students will mature in their understanding of the creative, natural, social and cultural forces that shape the world.

Students will develop intellectual inquiry and problem solving skills, leading to praxis.

Students will commit to personal and professional ethical responsibility.

Students will integrate and apply their learning across general and specialized fields.

The Institutional and Student Learning Assessment Committee (ISLAC) current membership:

Dr. Leah Chambers, chair
Ms. Natalie Armstrong, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Pam Gent, Associate VP of Academic Affairs
Dr. Chris McCarrick, Department of English and Modern Languages
Dr. Lorie Taylor, Department of Special Education
Dr. Paul Woodburne, Department of Economics


The purpose of this committee is to assess the effectiveness of operations and student learning in the administrative and student support units of the institution.

The Institutional Effectiveness Committee current membership:

Dr. Susanne Fenske, chair and VP of Student Affairs
Mr. Len Cullo, VP of Finance and Administration
Mr. Jim Geiger, VP of University Advancement
Dr. Pam Gent, Associate VP of Academic Affairs

Last Updated 6/12/18