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Comprehensive Learner Record: Empowering Embedded Assessment of Competency to Determine Student Readiness for Real-World Problems

IUPUI Assessment Institute 2021


Dr. Andrew Wolf

Assistant Dean for Online Education, Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Saint John Fisher University

Joellen Shendy

Advisory Board Member at Competency-Based Education Network (CBEN)

Competency-Based Education Network (CBEN) & Workday

Suzanne Carbonaro

Director of Academic Partnerships


October 25, 2021 @ 4:15 PM 5:15 PM EDT


Recognizing a preparation-to-practice gap, professional organizations called for a transformation from traditional lecture-based learning, focused on learning concepts, to experiential learning emphasizing competencies. American Association for Colleges of Nursing shared their 2019 vision on how nursing education needs to improve the quality of patient care, requiring a profound pivot in assessing and reporting learning outcomes. Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) provides a holistic approach to assessment that tracks the achievement of competencies across learners’ experiences. In this session, learn about CLR in assessment and how the University of Rochester School of Nursing developed CLR while shifting to a competency-based curriculum during COVID-19.

Key Takeaways

It is our goal to provide the audience with the following intended key takeaways:

1. Explain the characteristics of a comprehensive learner record
2. Identify how a comprehensive learner record can be used as a holistic tool assessing competencies
3. Describe the process of developing a comprehensive learner record to foster an environment for students to co-produce their own learning
4. Demonstrate how this assessment process provides institutions with assessment data for their regional accreditation and  programmatic self-studies


Dr. Andrew Wolf, Assistant Dean for Online Education, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Saint John Fisher University

Andrew Wolf is the Director for Educational Effectiveness, and Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Dr. Wolf supports the School’s educational mission through assessment and innovation focused on improving student learning. He also coordinates accreditation activities and has served on evaluation teams for Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Wolf continues to teach graduate students in an interprofessional health professions education program, and nursing programs.

Joellen Shendy, Advisory Board Member at Competency-Based Education Network (CBEN), Competency-Based Education Network (CBEN) & Workday

Joellen Shendy has worked in higher education for over 25 years, during which time she has developed unique expertise in the area of credential innovation and competency-based education, as well as services and programs for non-traditional students. She is currently a Product Strategy Director for Workday Student. In her former role, as Associate Vice Provost and Registrar at University of Maryland Global Campus, Ms. Shendy piloted a comprehensive learner record for competency-based education, helping students share what they know and can do. Concurrently, she developed a competency-based staff development model, using AACRAO core competencies for the profession, to demonstrate that competency and skills as currency aligns learning and earning. Ms. Shendy was a founding member and past President of Chesapeake and Potomac Association of Registrars and Admission Officers (CAPACRAO) and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Competency Based Education Network (CBEN) and a Higher Education Advisory Board member for Credential Engine. Ms. Shendy has written articles and blog posts on the future of education and credential innovations as well as future forward skill/competency-based education, competency-based learning records, and staff development models for AACRAO, IMS Global, Educause, and Parchment among others. She has received awards for credential innovation and Leadership in the field.

Suzanne Carbonaro, Director of Academic Partnerships, AEFIS

Suzanne Carbonaro, M.Ed, MS, CE School Administrator, is the Director of Academic Partnerships at AEFIS. Suzanne has 27 years experience in higher education teaching, curriculum design, assessment and leadership. Most recently, Suzanne served as the Director of Assessment at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences where she designed the real-time assessment process for the newly implemented competency-driven doctor of pharmacy curriculum. She came to USciences from Rider University where she served as Director of Assessment and Strategic Partnerships at the College of Education. Here she redesigned their assessment process and managed over a million dollars in grants. Suzanne has led successful self-studies and re-accreditation efforts for the doctor of pharmacy and teacher and leader education programs. She is a proud member of the team who successfully received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) 2019 Award for Excellence in Assessment. Suzanne was invited to present her research and development of Comprehensive Learner Records (CLRs) to IMS Global at the 2018 Learning Analytics Summit, 2019 IMS Global Digital Credentials Summit and was a finalist for Learning Impact Awards at the Leadership Institute in May 2019. She received the USciences 2018 Founder’s Day Award for Innovation and has presented at AALHE (2018, 2019, 2020), Drexel Assessment Conference (2018, 2019, 2020), IUPUI (2018, 2019, 2020), AACP (2019) as well as regional assessment conferences, and the Competency-Based Education Network (2019, 2020).

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