Board Members

Shannon Milligan

Chair, Meeting Topics

Dr. Milligan is currently a Research Associate in Institutional Research and Market Analytics at DePaul University.  Prior to this she served as the Coordinator of Assessment at Loyola University Chicago, where she worked with curricular and co-curricular assessment and faculty development.  In terms of assessment, she is most proud of her work with the Assessment Certificate Program, an assessment-related professional development program coordinated by DePaul University and Loyola University Chicago. Shannon has been a member of the Chicago Area Assessment Group for almost 8 years and is currently the Board Chair.  She is also a member of the Association for Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) and currently co-leads the Conference Networking sub-committee and the Collaborations and Partnerships task force, as well as serving on the Assessment Certification sub-committee.  

Dr. Milligan is a triple alum of Oklahoma State University, where she received a BS in Psychology, an MS in Educational Psychology, and an MS in College Student Development.  She is also a recent alum of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where after approximately 50 years of work she received her PhD in Educational Psychology (Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment).

Keith Werosh
Chair, Professional Development

Dr. Werosh is currently Associate National Dean, Institutional Effectiveness at DeVry University where he promotes engagement in the assessment of student learning for the DeVry University system and works toward integrating assessment into the University’s model of program review, institutional planning and accreditation management. Dr. Werosh is also involved in the development of insights obtained from the institution’s data sources leading to meaningful system-wide academic improvements. Before taking this position, Keith was District Director of Assessment and Accreditation at City Colleges of Chicago where he had a similar role. Prior to his post at CCC, Dr. Werosh served as Dean of Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness at National University of Health Sciences. In this capacity, he helped develop a culture of data-driven decision-making leading to actionable university-wide planning. He regularly presents and consults on topics related to assessing student learning in higher education. Keith has served on the Board of the Chicago Area Assessment group first as Co-Chair for Meeting Communications and now Chair, Professional Development since 2016. In 2018, Keith accepted an appointment to serve on the events committee for the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) working alongside assessment professionals across the country to promote engagement in topical interest groups. Dr. Werosh's research interests include assessment culture and the intersection of organizational psychology and assessment practice in academia.

Dave Naze

Chair, Community College Liaison

Dr. Naze serves as the Dean of Academic Excellence and Support at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL. As dean, he oversees general education assessment, distance education, the library, institutional effectiveness, institutional research, the honors program, study abroad, dual credit, curriculum management and course scheduling, and faculty professional development.  In February 2018, Dr. Naze and JJC hosted the annual Illinois Community College Assessment Fair. He serves as President of the Illinois Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (ILACEP) and is the former President of the Illinois Communication and Theater Association. Prior to his role as dean, Dr. Naze was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Communication and Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL.

Outside of his work at JJC, Dr. Naze pursues his passions as an endurance athlete and academic researcher. His forthcoming book, Reclaiming 42: Public Memory and the Reframing of Jackie Robinson’s Radical Legacy (University of Nebraska Press), will be released in June 2019.

Jen Sweet 

Board Chair

Dr. Sweet is the Director of Assessment, Center for Teaching & Learning at DePaul University.  Jen has worked in the field of higher education assessment for 15 years.  Jen has a BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, an MS in Counseling and Student Personnel from Oklahoma State University, and a PhD in Educational Psychology, with a concentration in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Scott Tharp
Chair, Co-Curricular Liaison

Dr. Tharp is a scholar practitioner with over ten years of experience related to diversity and social justice education and assessment and evaluation. Scott currently serves the DePaul University community as the Assessment & Effectiveness Specialist within the Division of Student Affairs. In this role, he provides strategic oversight for all assessment and evaluation processes within the Division of Student Affairs and coordinates a university-wide initiative to establish a co-curricular culture of assessment to enhance student learning on campus. He previously served DePaul University as the Assessment Coordinator in Student Affairs, Director for the Center for Intercultural Programs, and Associate Director for the Office of Diversity Education. Prior to working at DePaul, Scott also served Columbia College Chicago as the Program Coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Dr. Tharp’s professional passions center on developing and assessing social justice education curriculum. Scott has published scholarly articles in the Journal of Transformative Education, Multicultural Education, Multicultural Perspectives, and the Journal for Critical Thought and Praxis. He has also presented nationally at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). Scott also previously served on the National Advisory Board for NCORE from 2014-2017.

Dr. Tharp has a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from Elmhurst College, an MSW in Community Organization from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a PhD in Curriculum Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Kathleen Gorski

Chair, Meeting Communications

Dr. Gorski is the Dean for Learning Outcomes, Curriculum and Program Development at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Kathleen has worked in higher education for over twenty-five years. She has administrative experience in student services, faculty development, institutional effectiveness and assessment. Previous positions include working at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois; The University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois; The Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, Illinois; and National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois. 

Dr. Gorski is passionate about access, student learning and success. She loves teaching, scholarship, collaborating and sharing best practices with the higher education community.  She has presented professionally at multiple conferences including: The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), The Association for Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE), The Assessment Institute, IMS Global Learning Impact Leadership Institute, and The Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA).  In addition, to serving on the Board of Directors for The Chicago Area Assessment Group (CAAG) she is also a Board member for the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE).

Yanelet Delgado

Chair, Technology

Ms. Delgado is a double University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) alumna with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and a Master’s degree in Latin American and Latino Studies. Currently, she is the Assessment Specialist for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UIC. Her new role entails data management & reporting, unit consultation for appropriate assessment approaches, and survey design. Additionally, she is involved in establishing a Program Review process for Student Affairs 

Previously, Yanelet worked for the UIC Office of Programs and Academic Assessment  where she primarily worked with faculty and graduate and undergraduate directors to conduct academic assessments as well as programs reviews. 

She serves as the Technology Chair on the board of the Chicago Area Assessment Group. Yanelet is pursuing a doctoral degree in Curriculum Studies, College of Education at UIC.