Shifting Instructor and Student Focus From Grades to Learning

Eligibility: Full-time teaching faculty/instructors and graduate students

Amount: Each participant will receive $250 in professional development funds

Submission: Online Application (Invitation Only)

Deadline: May 12, 2023

*This FLC is for the Fall 2023 semester only. 

Purpose and Description

The purpose of this community is to identify ways to improve student learning by focusing on assessment and its relationship with grading practices and grades. This community will examine the literature on assessment as it pertains to "ungrading," student motivation, development, and performance, student-centeredness, diversity, content mastery, and reportable metrics. The community will also explore how grading practices influence student-teacher relationships and how this shapes participation, engagement, and learning.


The members will:

  • identify literature aligned with the goals of the FLC,
  • synthesize the literature,
  • generate useful applications to course assessment and structure,
  • attend the Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching to explore its suitability for dissemination, and
  • be expected to attend and participate in face-to-face 2 hr. meetings approximately every 3 weeks. 


2023-2024 (Fall Semester)

  • Aaron Abbott, Sociology & Gerontology
  • Mia Gaddis, Undergraduate
  • Hillel Gray, Comparative Religion
  • Chelsea Green, Finance; Facilitator
  • Karen Meyers, Finance
  • Sherrill Sellers, Family Science & Social Work
  • Carolyn Slotten, Family Science & Work
  • Zara Torlone, French, Italian & Classical Studies
  • Chris Welter, Management


  • Aaron Abbott, Sociology and Gerontology
  • Chelsea Green, Finance; Facilitator
  • Yildirim Dilek, Geology and Environmental Earth Science
  • Kerrigan Grabow, Student Associate
  • Karen Meyers, Finance
  • David Scoville, Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Sherrill Sellers, Family Science and Social Work
  • Carolyn Slotten, Family Science and Social Work
  • Zara Torlone, French Italian and Classical Studies
  • Chris Welter, Management