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Ruth Newberry

Ruth Newberry Ph.D.

Senior Consulting Specialist for the Implementation Team


As a Senior Consulting Specialist for the Implementation Team, my primary role is to help clients meet their educational goals, particularly their institutional and program level assessment initiatives through planning, consultation, and implementation of Blackboard’s Outcomes assessment software. My focus on assessing student learning has also involved me in institutional strategic planning opportunities, competency based education initiatives, services for course and faculty development, and many occasions to collaborate with analytics consultants to develop synergies and methodologies to optimize not only Outcomes Assessment but also Analytics for Learner Intelligence to further improve the teaching experience of faculty and the learning experience of students. Additionally, I help make our consulting services visible in the higher education community through public speaking at symposiums and conferences.


My areas of focus are:


  • Student outcomes assessment
  • Accreditation
  • Competency-based education
  • Analytics and data usage
  • Faculty and course development

My prior work experience includes:


  • Director Online Campus, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Director of Educational Technology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Team Lead & Lecturer English, School of Professional Studies & Advancement, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Present and past affiliations:


  • Ph.D., English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Workshops Facilitator for Online Learning Consortium
  • Site Reviewer for Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accreditation
  • Quality Matters Certified
  • Educause Leadership Alum & Reviewer for Educause Review