Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

Welcome to the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, & Assessment!

The Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, & Assessment (CETLA) was founded by Dr. Teresa Redd in 2003. Today CETLA is led by Dr. Morris Thomas. CETLA exists to promote a culture of teaching and learning at Howard University. CETLA also encourages continuous improvement by employing best practices in assessment. CETLA's overarching goal is to establish itself as a global exemplar in fostering dynamic learning environments and experiences.


Develop faculty who produce distinguished and compassionate leaders that serves the nation and global community. To fulfill our mission, we provide training in instructional technology, distance learning, assessment practices, and instructional strategies. CETLA aims to foster a culture that promotes excellence in teaching, learning and assessment, especially as it pertains to students of color in the United States and throughout the world.


To support Howard University in attracting and sustaining faculty who are equipped with best and promising practices in teaching, learning and assessment, creating exceptional learning environments and experiences.

The WHOLE Experience: Reflecting on The State of Higher Education Leadership

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A Missing Piece [Peace]: Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age

I was at a conference, and the attendees were workshopping solutions for increasing digital learning capacity at their respective institutions. The conference attendees were a mix of students, faculty, donors, education administrators, and edtech professionals. Groups were assigned an activity to discuss possible solutions for increasing capacity for educational technology and digital learning.

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Impact of Digital Learning Tools in Education Sector

Dr. Morris Thomas is responsible for providing visionary, strategic, and operational leadership for the Office of Digital and Online Learning and the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (CETLA) at Howard University.

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Morris Thomas Appointed Chair of the Quality Matters Academic Advisory Council

Howard University is delighted to announce the appointment of Morris Thomas, PhD, as the new chair of the Quality Matters Academic Advisory Council (QMAAC).

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How Digital Learning Saved the Classroom

Virtual tools saved higher education during the pandemic and will take physical spaces on campus to new dimensions.

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Lumen Learning Partners with Howard University to Improve Educational Outcomes for Students of Color

Collaboration aims to identify best practices and create courseware with nation's leading historically Black research university to support students' academic excellence and eliminate race and income as predictors of student success

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CETLA Founder Teresa Redd’s Commitment to Cultivating a Culture of Learning

Teresa Redd, Ph.D., and her pioneering work with CETLA helped Howard exhibit excellence in teaching while introducing innovate ways for the University community to learn

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