Board Members

Shannon Milligan, Co-Chair

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, Co-Chair, Meeting Communications
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 as Co-Chair for Meeting Communications 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.

Jen Sweet, Chair, Meeting Topics

Dr. Sweet is the Associate Director for the Office for Teaching, Learning and Assessment 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, Co-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, Co-Chair, Meeting Communications

Dr. Gorski is an energetic higher education professional with over twenty-five years administrative experience in student services, faculty development and assessment. Previous positions include working at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois in the Office of Admissions; The University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, Illinois in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, and National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois in the Office of Teaching and Learning.  She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Outcomes Assessment and Program Review at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, 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 member of the conference committee for the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE).

In her leisure, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening, running, swimming and occasionally binge watching television programs.

Yanelet Delgado, Co-Chair, Technology

Ms. Delgado is a double University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) alumna with a Bachelors 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.