The Faculty Center for Professional Development will present “Alignment: Student Learning and Assessment” with Dr. Calvin Yu, Director of Assessment at the Office of Undergraduate Instruction, Division of Life Science, at Rutgers University, on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Library (Building 1L), Room 203 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.  

This workshop/discussion will explore the challenges involved with the advancement and measurment of student learning. Participants will engage in a variety of learning simulations that will serve as the basis for a frank and open discussion on classroom assessment. Participants will also learn about the current efforts to transform the General Biology program at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. This project involves the concurrent development of student learning support and assessment practices that are aligned to recent recommendations made in “Vision and Change: A Call to Action” authored by the American Association of the Advancement of Science and the new 2015 version of the Medical College Admission Exam, MCAT. Other topics of discussion will include the SOLO taxonomy, Structure of Observed Learning Outcome, and the diminishing level of study skills held by many recent high school graduates and its impact on the assessment process. 

Dr. Yu previously served as Director and Learning Specialist at the Cook/Douglass Learning Center at Rutgers University. He received his Master’s from New York University and his Doctorate in Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration from Rutgers University. Dr. Yu has served as President of PA/NJ College Reading Learning Association. His professional interests include the study of undergraduate study behaviors, meta-cognitive development, educational evaluation, and process improvement.

RSVP to Kristen Lindtvedt in the Faculty Center at 718.982.3774 or via email at We hope that you can join us for coffee, conversation, and the opportunity to meet CSI colleagues.