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Meet Our Partners Series: Building a Common Assessment Framework

AEFIS Academy Community Event

Steven Hawks, Director of Undergraduate Assessment, University of Minnesota
Suzanne Carbonaro, Director of Academic Partnerships, AEFIS

November 19, 2020 @ 2:00 PM 2:30 PM ET


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.

This particular session will focus on the importance of building a common assessment framework, and creating momentum across an institution in using this framework for continuous improvement, opportunities to grow through using data to make meaningful decisions, and creating an end-to-end Comprehensive Learner Record that provides value to all stakeholders, including students.


Steven Hawks, Director of Undergraduate Assessment, University of Minnesota

Steven Hawks serves as a campus-wide resource on undergraduate assessment and works with faculty, staff, and administrators to develop, implement, and coordinate assessment efforts of undergraduate student learning outcomes across the undergraduate experience. He also is responsible for compliance with accreditation criteria on assessment of student learning, and is the institutional representative for undergraduate SERU (Student Experience in the Research University) survey. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Steve served as the Assistant Director of Assessment at Kansas State University.

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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53 Attendees
1 Brian Flynn, Employee Success Manager, AEFIS
5 Kallie Rogers, Client Success Coordinator, AEFIS
6 Vitalii Yakubenko, Developer & Project Leader, AEFIS Academy
9 Emily Reeder, Career and Future Readiness Project Specialist, St. Catherine University
11 Alexander Tara, Director of Marketing Communications, Nova Southeastern University
12 Joanna Oxendine, Director, Grants Development and Administration, San Bernardino Valley College
13 Dana Walter-Shock, Sr. Academic Program Coordinator, Johns Hopkins University
14 Magen Melton, Technical Services Librarian, Vincennes University
15 Carole Kacius, Director of Assessment and Accreditation, Ball State University
17 Suzanne Carbonaro, Director of Academic Partnerships, AEFIS
18 Steven Hawks, Director of Undergraduate Assessment, University of Minnesota
19 Elisabeth Pallia, Sr. Instructional Technologist, Johns Hopkins University
20 Carolyn Lightsey, Senior Project Controls Manager, VDCM Solutions LLC
21 Umit Topacan, Senior Software Engineer, AEFIS
24 Cathy Freytag, Associate Dean of the Faculty; Chair, Academic Effectiveness Committee, Houghton College
28 Kristin Janke, Senior Associate to the Dean for Assessment and Quality, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
30 Tamera Dunn, Assistant Director for Residential Education and Student Housing, Purdue University Fort Wayne
34 Alison Rynearson, Associate Director, Career Development Center, Purdue Fort Wayne
35 Jamie Jones, Director of Educational Outcomes and Effectiveness, Pierce College District
36 Esad Esgin, Technical Director of Product, AEFIS
41 Mukul Acharya, Accreditation and Assessment, Kean University
42 Laza R, Assessment & Evaluation, Philander Smith College
44 Peg Sherven, Academic Technology Support Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
45 James Miller, Director of Innovative Teaching, Midland University
46 Erica Waldorf, Director of Client Onboarding, AEFIS
49 Chadia Abras, Director of Institutional Assessment, Johns Hopkins University
52 Adam Atacan, Employee Success Consultant, AEFIS


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