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Institutional Effectiveness 2.0 in Action—Empowering Stakeholders to Lead Beyond Their Role

AEFIS Academy Community Event


Dr. Mike Rudolph

Director of Institutional Effectiveness

University of Kentucky

Dr. Colin Suchland

Chair, Learning Outcomes Assessment Team, Professor of Sociology

Lincoln Land Community College

Dr. Tasha Almond-Dannenbring

Sr. Data Analyst


Suzanne Carbonaro

Director of Academic Partnerships


January 27, 2022 @ 2:00 PM 3:00 PM EST


Institutional Effectiveness 2.0 in action requires a new way of leading, collecting data, and using data to inform decision-making. It requires leaders to empower their faculty and staff to not only contribute to an institution’s success but give them room to lead beyond their titles to accelerate success within their department, college, or unit. And ensuring that stakeholders have meaningful data at their fingertips to tell success stories and write new ones fosters the necessary decision-making power required for improvement and change across an institution. Learn from leaders at the University of Kentucky and Lincoln Land Community College who are leading their institution to think beyond their titles to transform theories of change into action, establish communities of practice, and drive continuous improvement using data to elevate effectiveness, foster sustainability, and a clear return on investment for students.


  1. Identify methods to empower your stakeholders to lead beyond their title at your institution
  2. Design an institutional change strategy that is responsive to the current culture and serves as a catalyst for the future
  3. Determine the scope of need for resources and training for your guiding coalition to be successful


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. Colin Suchland, Chair, Learning Outcomes Assessment Team, Professor of Sociology, Lincoln Land Community College

Dr. Colin E. Suchland holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. As a tenured professor at Lincoln Land Community College, he has served as President of the Faculty Senate and (now) Chair of the Learning Outcomes Assessment Team. Suchland’s academic interests include critical pedagogy, digital media studies, generational studies, social inequalities, and urban communities. He is a proud member of the American Sociological Association, the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, the Midwest Sociological Society, and the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education. He also is the recipient of an AEFIS Partner Award for his role in piloting new assessment processes at LLCC in the past three years. A frequent conference presenter and keynote speaker at regional and national symposiums, Suchland has a passion for higher education and his undergraduate students. He has been a full-time college instructor for more than a decade, receiving extensive training in online course design. A working print and digital journalist for many years, Suchland continues to apply photojournalistic skills to his primary research.

Dr. Tasha Almond-Dannenbring, Sr. Data Analyst, HelioCampus

Dr. Tasha Almond-Dannenbring is a Sr. Data Analyst at HelioCampus, where she works with multiple client partners to understand their analytical needs, evaluate key performance metrics, and analyze trends. Prior to HelioCampus, Tasha was the System Director of Assessment and Institutional Research for the South Dakota board of Regents where she developed, maintained and used performance measures to support strategic institutional investments, budgeting, assessment, program review and enrollment management. While at the SDBOR she also managed System General Education and System Assessment, served as a WICHE State Passport Coordinator, and was the State IPEDs Keyholder.   Tasha also has experience in the for-profit sector as a System Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Evaluation where she oversaw system level data for 36 campuses, and worked closely with senior leadership on forecasting initiatives, SEC reporting, assessment, and accreditation.   Tasha graduated from the University of South Dakota with a PhD in Educational Psychology and Northern Illinois University with a MS in Educational Psychology. Her dissertation work studying Attachment in Father Daughter relationships led to a number of scholarly articles, presentations, and a book chapter. She has over 10 years of graduate and undergraduate teaching experience in human development, cultural anthropology, research methods, statistics, quantitative methods in business decision making, and educational psychology. Tasha has presented at multiple conferences on the topic of Data Policy and Institutional Research, and guest edited a special edition MidWest Educational Researcher highlighting Institutional Research. In her current position at Helio Campus Tasha uses her expertise in higher ed to partner with clients as they use data to support decision making. She is passionate about assisting clients toward meaningful use of data.

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).

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