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How We Built This Series— “The Assessment Leaders Edition” with Texas A&M University & Texas A&M International University

CS-094 Group Discussion

2020 SACSCOC Virtual Annual Meeting & Educational Excellence Expo


Dr. David Allen

Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Texas Christian University

Suzanne Carbonaro

Director of Academic Partnerships


Dr. Alicia Dorsey

Associate Vice President for Academic Effectiveness & Planning; SACSCOC Liaison

Texas A & M University-College Station

December 7, 2020 @ 2:45 PM 3:45 PM ET


How We Built This? Series provides a forum for assessment leaders to share their sustainable assessment processes, in a spin-off active dialogue inspired by NPR’s “How I Built This” podcast series.

Although assessment data are collected and utilized differently at every institution and often even across programs or units at the same institution, one characteristic remains constant: having an assessment management process in place, which stakeholders understand, contribute to, and own, is key to successful collection and use of data for continuous improvement and essential to documenting assessment efforts for purposes of accreditation.

Both Texas A&M University and Texas A&M International University recently implemented unique assessment practices using the same assessment management platform. This session will focus on their sustainable assessment processes in a spin-off active dialogue inspired by NPR’s How I Built This podcast series. These assessment “edupreneurs” will share their assessment strategies and lessons learned regarding how to use technology to provide a transparent feedback loop for continuous improvement and student success, particularly for Standards 8.2a, 8.2b, and 8.2c. Specifically, they will attempt to answer the overarching question: “To what extent has implementing a stakeholder-friendly assessment management platform supported continuous improvement efforts on our campus?”


Dr. David Allen, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Texas Christian University

Dr. David Allen joined Texas Christian University as Director of Institutional Effectiveness in May 2021. Prior to that he spent several years as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Assessment, Research, and Planning at Texas A&M International University. David started his career in Oklahoma, teaching science at the middle school, high school, and community college levels. He then spent 12 years in large-scale educational assessment with Educational Testing Service (ETS) developing science assessments and in project leadership. David has 8 years of university-level assessment experience at two universities and has been an assistant professor of assessment. David received his Ph.D. in Education, School Improvement from Texas State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His undergraduate degrees are from Northeastern State University and Connors State College, both in Oklahoma.

Suzanne Carbonaro, Director of Academic Partnerships, AEFIS

Suzanne Carbonaro, M.Ed, MS, CE School Administrator, is the Director of Academic Partnerships at AEFIS. Suzanne has 27 years experience in higher education teaching, curriculum design, assessment and leadership. Most recently, Suzanne served as the Director of Assessment at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences where she designed the real-time assessment process for the newly implemented competency-driven doctor of pharmacy curriculum. She came to USciences from Rider University where she served as Director of Assessment and Strategic Partnerships at the College of Education. Here she redesigned their assessment process and managed over a million dollars in grants. Suzanne has led successful self-studies and re-accreditation efforts for the doctor of pharmacy and teacher and leader education programs. She is a proud member of the team who successfully received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) 2019 Award for Excellence in Assessment. Suzanne was invited to present her research and development of Comprehensive Learner Records (CLRs) to IMS Global at the 2018 Learning Analytics Summit, 2019 IMS Global Digital Credentials Summit and was a finalist for Learning Impact Awards at the Leadership Institute in May 2019. She received the USciences 2018 Founder’s Day Award for Innovation and has presented at AALHE (2018, 2019, 2020), Drexel Assessment Conference (2018, 2019, 2020), IUPUI (2018, 2019, 2020), AACP (2019) as well as regional assessment conferences, and the Competency-Based Education Network (2019, 2020).

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. 

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