Leah Marcal has a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has been teaching microeconomics and international trade at Cal State Northridge for 17 years. For seven years, Leah served as the College of Business and Economics Assessment Director. She designed and implemented the College’s course, embedded assessment program to directly measure student learning. She has worked as an assessment consultant for several Universities in California and is now working for Al Buraimi University College in Oman. Leah has published numerous academic articles on student performance in business and economics courses. Prior to working at Cal State Northridge, Leah was a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas. Her research there examined the impact of federal retraining programs on trade-displaced workers. Her current research interests include rising U.S. income inequality.