Although the Learning Assessment Research Consortium is administered through Suffolk University, this program was designed to foster collaboration among several regional institutions and organizations who are devoted to creating and maintaining strong institutional assessment practices. During year one, with the support of these partners, Suffolk University and Katie Linder (principal investigator) assumed responsibility for the majority of the program’s logistical responsibilities, including organizing communication among the consortium institutions and managing the program funds.
During year two the LARC principal investigator transitioned to a new role at a new university. While program funds remained at Suffolk, the principal investigator management and organizational responsibilities were transferred and shared by two consortium members: Jennifer Herman (Simmons College) and Chris Cratsley (Fitchburg State University). The staff at Suffolk’s Center for Teaching & Scholarly Excellence worked closely with the new project leads as well as the key personnel to ensure the success of the program.
The consortium institutions for this project chose one of two levels of involvement:
- Participating Members took part in the needs assessment and pilot testing.
- Contributing Members took part in these components, but also offered expertise, time and materials for the creation of the modules.