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PennWest Clarion Assessment Guide

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 current membership:

Dr. Laurie Pierce, 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, Provost & Academic VP

2019-2020 Institutional Assessment of Student Learning


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

1. PennWest Clarion 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. PennWest Clarion'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. 

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.

Assessment forms and Library Guide

Accredited Program Student Learning Outcomes Template
Program Assessment Student Learning Outcomes Template
Program Assessment Action Plan Template
Assessment and Evaluation Resources

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

Dr. Laurie Pierce - Chair
Dr. Simon Aristeguieta-Trillos: Department of Information and Library Science
Ms. Natalie Armstrong: Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Jennifer L. Boyer: Criminal Justice-Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation Health and Sport Science
Dr. Rhonda L. Clark: Department of Information and Library Science
Dr. David H. Hartley: Interim Associate Provost
Dr. Chris McCarrick: Department of English and Modern Languages
Dr. Marcella K. McConnell: Chemistry, Mathematics, & Physics and Education Departments
Dr. Pam Gent: Provost & Academic VP


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, Provost & Academic VP

Last Updated 8/19/22