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Comprehensive Learner Record—Enabling Embedded Assessment of Competency-Focused Outcomes at University of Rochester School of Nursing

AALHE 11th Annual Conference


Dr. Andrew Wolf

Director for Educational Effectiveness, and Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing

University of Rochester

Suzanne Carbonaro

Director of Academic Partnerships


June 9, 2021 @ 5:00 PM 5:45 PM EDT


Providing safe, effective, high-quality nursing care requires repetitive practice of competencies that support effective assessment, problem solving, and clinical decision-making. Professional organizations are calling for a radical transformation in teaching and learning for nurses, to emphasize meaningful practice of competencies. Yet, this radical shift requires an equally profound pivot in the way we assess learning in the health professions. Simply put, course grades listed on a transcript do not provide adequate information to determine whether a learner is ready for practice.

Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) provides a holistic approach to assessment that tracks the achievement of competencies as students progress through a curriculum, identifying areas of strength and gaps in knowledge. In this session, we describe how University of Rochester’s School of Nursing developed CLR while shifting to a competency-based curriculum. We share our first findings through data collected on course learning outcomes in capstone courses within UofR nursing programs.

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 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


Dr. Andrew Wolf, Director for Educational Effectiveness, and Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, University of Rochester

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.

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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