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Lightning Talks Series—Integrated Planning: The “Difference that Makes a Difference” in Institutional Effectiveness Over Time

AEFIS Academy Community Event


Mr. Justin Hoshaw

Associate Professor

Waubonsee Community College

Lina Di Genova

Director – Strategy, Assessment and Evaluation

McGill University

Dr. Nicholas Santilli

Senior Director for Learning Strategy

Society for College and University Planning

November 10, 2021 @ 2:00 PM 2:30 PM EST


Lightning Talks are short, targeted presentations that provide insight into best practices, challenges, and successes in assessment. Listen in as some of the greatest minds and thought leaders share authentic assessment processes, continuous improvement stories, and innovative approaches toward lifelong learning and student success.

In this presentation, the authors of the paper, “Integrated Planning: The “Difference that Makes a Difference” in Institutional Effectiveness Over Time” share best practices research, and processes for pulling together information regarding offices of institutional effectiveness and their campus subsidiaries. They will share findings on the areas of strength and growth for offices of Institutional Effectiveness and integrated planning, and how the success of institutions is dependent on how the combination of these resources are leveraged to lead strategic planning and improvement. This project is part of a larger nationwide effort called the Grand Challenges in Assessment in Higher Education and the authors are part of a team within the Grand Challenges entitled, “Examining Changes in Institutional Effectiveness (including Student Learning) Over Time.” Presenters will also share out their journey to publication and tips to support your next research project. As a pre-read for this event, check out of one the lead authors community blog HERE!


Mr. Justin Hoshaw, Associate Professor, Waubonsee Community College

Justin Hoshaw has taught biology and microbiology for over a decade while promoting active learning strategies, engaging students in current event discussions, and creating informed citizens that lead change. He works to bring faculty together by encouraging increased communication and advocating for faculty to lead by example. He endorses the online and classroom inclusion of new technologies in order to reach a variety of learners, advance students’ understanding, and excite all minds. As an Outcomes Assessment Liaison, he assists faculty in collecting data, analyzing data, and planning for course improvements. When not in the classroom, he edits textbooks, writes test-bank questions, designs online lab simulations, writes lab manuals, and is a co-leader for the Pedagogy committee of Grand Challenges for Assessment in Higher Education. He recently published “Integrated Planning: The Difference that Makes a Difference in Institutional Effectiveness over time.” He has also presented seminars on organic/GMO food and the science of dating, love, and ***.

Lina Di Genova, Director – Strategy, Assessment and Evaluation, McGill University

Dr. Lina Di Genova is an organizational psychologist and assessment professional in Student Services at McGill University, Canada. Lina has over ten years’ experience in organisational performance metrics and is a co-founder of the Best Practices Network in Canadian Higher Education: Making a Positive Impact on Student Mental Health. She has led monitoring and evaluation of student affairs programmes on topics ranging from orientation to academic advising, student involvement, wellness and alumni outcomes. Before joining Student Services, Lina worked in University Institutional Planning on national assessment initiatives, such as the National Survey of Student Engagement benchmarking programme for the Canadian U15 Data Exchange and graduate education issues.

Dr. Nicholas Santilli, Senior Director for Learning Strategy, Society for College and University Planning

Nicholas R. Santilli, Ph.D. serves as Senior Director for Learning Strategy for the Society for College and University Planning. In this role, he drives the development of learning content for individual practitioners and institutions looking to build the professional competencies of their faculty and staff. He is also the lead for the SCUP Planning Institute, the premier professional development program to create institutional capacity for integrated planning in higher education. Dr. Santilli also had a long career in on-campus work. He is professor emeritus of psychology at John Carroll University. In addition, he held several positions in academic administration at John Carroll University, including Interim Provost and Academic Vice President and Associate Provost for Accreditation, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. He was also Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Notre Dame College of Ohio.  

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