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Office of Academic Assessment

Information on equity-minded assessment of student learning at Emerson, including resources, programming, and reports.

Office of Academic Assessment

The Office of Academic Assessment was established in 2017 as part of the Iwasaki Library. We strive to ensure the scholarly knowledge and tools we gather and upload here are helpful. Call upon us for virtual or in-person consultations, program-level workshops, and information about the Learning, Equity and Assessment Program. We collaborate with faculty, departments, and programs who are interested in enhancing the assessment of student learning in their courses, closing opportunity gaps for student achievement, and using academic assessment to support program development and design.

Our Team

Image of Liz Chase, Senior Associate Director, Academic Assessment. Liz is facing the camera and smiling, wearing a blue dress.Dr. Liz Chase, MSLIS, PhD, Senior Associate Director,







Daniela PuortoMSEd, Learning Assessment Associate, or  


The Office of Academic Assessment collaborates with faculty to enhance students' achievement of the Emerson College Learning Goals: Create, Communicate, Collaborate, Critically Think, Civically Engage. We do this by prioritizing equity-minded assessment that embodies the Iwasaki Library's IDEAS: our goal is to create assessment practices that are inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible, and sustainable.


As an Office within the Iwasaki Library, Academic Assessment aligns its resources and services as a foundation for research, learning, and creation. We do this by working with faculty to design assessments, collect and analyze data, by anticipating departmental and programmatic needs when possible, and by experimenting when feasible. We embrace change in our systems, services, and job roles to continuously improve over time.

View the Iwasaki Library's Values, Mission, and Vision


The Office of Academic Assessment is central to the Emerson global community as a valued facilitator, partner, and catalyst for research, learning, and creation on campus. The purpose of assessment is accountability: assessment highlights how we live out the mission to educate students to assume positions of leadership in communication and the arts. We equip faculty with the resources and support to employ equity-minded assessment practices in their courses and programs to close opportunity gaps and enhance student learning. 

Services We Offer

The Office of Academic Assessment provides assistance planning, designing, and implementing academic assessment of student learning at the course, department/program, and institutional levels.


We work with individual faculty members and offer:

  • Consultations to discuss, design and/or revise student learning outcomes
  • Consultations to discuss, design and/or revise course assignments
  • Consultations to provide resources for redesigning objectives or assignments based on faculty members' analysis of student learning in their courses
  • Survey design assistance for assessment of student learning
  • Research assistance if you are seeking assessment resources not currently addressed on this site


  • Working with the LEAP Fellows from each department, we assist departments as they plan and implement cyclical assessment of student work to demonstrate achievement of departmental learning outcomes
  • We also offer feedback and assistance with curricular mapping of departmental objectives


  • The Office of Academic Assessment participates in the NECHE reaccreditation process by collecting, maintaining, and making available information about the College's assessment practices.

What we don't do:

  • Evaluate faculty's teaching
  • Review course evaluation data

Where to find us:

  • The Office of Academic Assessment is located on the 4th floor of the Walker Building, next to the Instructional Technology Group. We are currently available on-campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and via Zoom during normal business hours.