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AEFIS Academy 2.0 Launch Event

AEFIS Academy Community Event


Dr. Chadia Abras

Director of Institutional Assessment

Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Alicia Dorsey

Associate Vice President for Academic Effectiveness & Planning; SACSCOC Liaison

Texas A & M University-College Station

Dr. Myk Garn

Asst. Vice Chancellor for New Learning Models at Board of Regents

University System of Georgia

Dr. Natasha Jankowski

Higher Education & Assessment Consultant


Dr. Mike Rudolph

Director of Institutional Effectiveness

University of Kentucky

Dr. Jane Marie Souza

Associate Provost for Academic Administration

University of Rochester

Jack Suess

Vice President of Information Technology and CIO

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

October 7, 2020 @ 2:00 PM 3:00 PM EDT

Credit: AEFIS Virtual Happy Hour


Within our Core Values at AEFIS are “Partnership in Every Way” & “Mentorship with Everyone. It is through these Core Values in action that we are grateful for the guidance and “adult supervision” from our mentors who have contributed their ideas and provided us with advice which has ultimately led to the creation of AEFIS Academy, Your Center for Communities of Practice.


COVID-19 exposed a number of inequities in education. Along with these inequities across institutions, the pandemic confirmed how truly isolated the higher education system is from its parts. Perhaps, it has also spotlighted some opportunities to bring people together, digitally, simply, and easily no matter the distance. AEFIS Academy seeks to bring higher education leaders together to support and learn from one another.

AEFIS Academy was created as a way to combat social distancing and to promote opportunities for the higher education community to connect with one another and share expertise. In this way AEFIS Academy encompasses the components of Communities of Practice (CoP), and enables educational leaders to learn, teach, collaborate and innovate together, despite the distance, using the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the community. We as a community hope to address challenges, share stories, engage in discussions, spark research interests, and try out new strategies of pedagogy, assessment and authentic lifelong learning.

Academic Leaders

Thank you to these innovators in particular, who shared their authentic feedback and intentional design to develop AEFIS Academy: We are honored to have these academic leaders coaching this panel discussion:

Dr. Chadia Abras, Director of Institutional Assessment, Johns Hopkins University

Chadia Abras, Ph.D. joined the Provost’s Office in July 2019 as Johns Hopkins University’s inaugural Director of Institutional Assessment.  In this role, Dr. Abras collaborates with a variety of institutional stakeholders to support quality student learning by assisting academic programs in developing and refining assessment plans, meeting the goals of defined learning outcomes, and encouraging a culture of learner-centered education.  She plays a key role in ensuring ongoing compliance with standards of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education by promoting institutional effectiveness and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.  Dr. Abras will lead implementation of the University’s first shared Assessment Management System (AMS) as her first major project.  She will also serve as the lead for the SMS users group and a key contributor to the University Council for Learning Assessment. 

Dr. Alicia Dorsey, Associate Vice President for Academic Effectiveness & Planning; SACSCOC Liaison, Texas A & M University-College Station

Dr. Alicia Dorsey is the Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at Texas A&M University with 20 years of experience in higher education in program development and assessment (including at two comprehensive, separately accredited health science centers).  In her current role, she supports and facilitates ongoing assessment at the course, program, college, and university-wide levels in collaboration with assessment consultants within the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Evaluation.  She serves as the primary point of contact for the implementation of AEFIS to facilitate the reimagining of integrated assessment efforts across the university. She also oversees the development of the SACSCOC compliance certification and the QEP assessment strategies. 

Dr. Myk Garn, Asst. Vice Chancellor for New Learning Models at Board of Regents, University System of Georgia

This is leadership position has three major areas of responsibility: (1) leading the USG New Learning Models Task force focused on developing a systemwide strategy for new learning models and associated policy changes; (2) serving as a primary system level resource for new instructional models; and (3) providing leadership for implementation and evaluation of new delivery models  

Dr. Natasha Jankowski, Higher Education & Assessment Consultant, N/A

Dr. Natasha Jankowski is the former Executive Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and previously served as a research associate professor with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is co-author of the book Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education, as well as co-author of Degrees that Matter: Moving Higher Education to a Learning Systems Paradigm, and co-editor of Student-Focused Learning and Assessment: Involving Students in the Learning Process in Higher Education. A forthcoming book focuses on equity and assessment. Her areas of focus include assignment design, transparency, evidence-based storytelling, equity, mapping and alignment of learning, and all things assessment. Dr. Jankowski is the recipient of Kent State University’s Alumni Award and the Young Alumni Award from the College of Education at UIUC. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University, and a B.A. in philosophy from Illinois State University.

Dr. Mike Rudolph, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, University of Kentucky

I am an experienced higher education administrator with a passion for asking questions and using data and research to guide improvement. I work closely with faculty, staff, and administrators to develop and fine-tune institutional effectiveness systems, including assessment of student learning outcomes, general education, and program review. One of the most rewarding aspects of my current role is the opportunity to serve as a campus "consultant" by providing guidance and resources to program directors and unit leads, and empowering them to conduct meaningful assessment of their programs.

Dr. Jane Marie Souza, Associate Provost for Academic Administration, University of Rochester

Jane Marie Souza, PhD serves as the Associate Provost for Academic Administration and Accreditation Liaison Officer at the University of Rochester. Dr. Souza has served on accreditation teams for multiple agencies including New England Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and Council on Podiatric Medical Education, where she was a member of the Council 2016-2019.  Dr. Souza, the 2019-2020 president of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education,  has served as an assessment consultant for institutions across the country, offering workshops on the use of technology in the classroom, mapping curricular outcomes, and meeting accreditation standards through effective assessment.  She has presented at conferences including the Association for Institutional Research, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (keynote), Drexel Assessment Conference (keynote), Assessment Institute in Indianapolis (section keynote), Texas A&M, and Association for Medical Education in Europe. 

Jack Suess, Vice President of Information Technology and CIO, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Mr. Jack Suess is VP of IT & CIO for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and has led IT at UMBC since 1997. Mr. Suess serves on the executive leadership team of the university and reports to the President, Freeman Hrabowski. During his tenure as CIO, UMBC has received awards and recognition for its work in advanced networking, cybersecurity, identity management, data analytics, cloud services, and learning analytics.  Through those efforts Mr. Suess is a frequent presenter at national conferences and has served on the Board of Internet2, EDUCAUSE, and InCommon and presently serves on the IMSglobal board.

More to come – Please check back soon or register to receive updates!

Moderated by Mustafa Sualp, CEO, AEFIS & Suzanne Carbonaro, Director of Academic Partnerships, AEFIS

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