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Meet Our Partners Series—Assessing Your Non-Academic & Support Units at Texas A&M International


Mrs. Vanessa Martinez

Assessment Specialist

Texas A & M International University

Suzanne Carbonaro

Director of Academic Partnerships


November 11, 2021 @ 2:00 PM 2:30 PM EST


Learn about best practices and winning assessment strategies from our expert users and VIPs⁠—Very Important Partners! Get a chance to have thought leadership discussions with these amazing colleagues and exchange battle stories from the field.

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) has had great success collecting, analyzing, and making changes based on data within their academic and non-academic units using an intentional workflow and data collection template in AEFIS. This session will focus on non-academic unit assessment, how to efficiently and effectively collaborate with unit leaders, ensure they are collecting the right data on a regular cadence, and empower them to use the data to improve their offerings and programming for their learners.

As a little pre-read for the event, please take a look at Vanessa’s best practices blog, A Blueprint to Lead Administrative & Educational Support Unit Assessment—hot off the presses!!


Mrs. Vanessa Martinez, Assessment Specialist, Texas A & M International University

Mrs. Vanessa Martinez is an Assessment Specialist for the Office of Institutional Assessment, Research, and Planning at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) in Laredo, Texas. Vanessa holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from St. Mary's University and is currently pursuing a masters in Higher Education Student Affairs from Grand Canyon University. Vanessa has over 12 years of experience in public education and local/state government. Vanessa started her career within the realm of pubic service focusing on civic engagement within Bexar county and assisting state elected officials with the passage of legislation through the Texas' subcommittees of education. Simultaneously she worked on gaining certification to teach in Texas. Vanessa then left politics to become a teacher and later an Assessment Coordinator. During that time Vanessa focused her professional development towards data driven instruction/action becoming well acquainted with the effectiveness of planning through assessment. This prepared and laid the foundation for Vanessa's work in assisting TAMIU's offices (Administrative Educational Support and Administrative Support Services) with the annual assessment process required by the accrediting body of SACSCOC.

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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