Planning for a Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) at University of Minnesota

Our Partner: University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis, MN

The University of Minnesota has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1913. The institution recently completed their 4-Year Assurance Review in 2020 and are currently preparing for the next comprehensive review in 2025-26.

HLC Standards pave the way for both continuous improvement efforts as well as Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR):

Accreditation Criteria

1.C.1. The institution encourages curricular or co-curricular activities that prepare students for informed citizenship and workplace success.
4.B. The institution engages in ongoing assessment of student learning as part of its commitment to the educational outcomes of its students.
4.B.1. The institution has effective processes for the assessment of student learning and for the achievement of learning goals in academic and co-curricular offerings.

Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) is a dynamic portfolio of student learning anywhere and through a collaborative approach with university stakeholders, the University of Minnesota is embarking on the implementation of Comprehensive Learner Record.

Earlier this spring, we sat down with Steven Hawks, Director of Undergraduate Assessment at UMN, who shared his best practices approach to implementing CLR.

Specifically:
1. Who needs to be involved?
2. What data needs to be collected and included?
3. What are strategies for moving a CLR initiative ahead at a large R1 university?

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