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Panel Discussion—Post-COVID-19 Blueprint to Success

AEFIS Academy Community Event


Dr. Jane Marie Souza

Associate Provost for Academic Administration

University of Rochester

Jack Suess

Vice President of Information Technology and CIO

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Scott Owczarek

University Registrar

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Suzanne Carbonaro

Director of Academic Partnerships


July 29, 2020 @ 2:00 PM 3:00 PM ET

*Photo Credit: Unknown from LinkedIn: “Israeli doctors helping comfort COVID-19 patients they cared forby placing pictures of themselves on their protection suits. Even in a crisis, simple things we do can make a huge impact on those we serve.”


It is not business as usual in higher education and it never will be again. In listening to what higher education leaders are saying about in-person school plans or remaining remote, we know that it does not have to be one or the other, it can certainly be both. Learn from our colleagues as they share their innovations and insights surrounding fall 2020 and the future of teaching and learning at their colleges and universities. 

Our panel discussion “Post-COVID-19 Blueprint to Success” addresses the revision of old policies and processes or creating new ones aligned to what learners need, what employers are looking for in students, and how higher education can support the learner-earner trajectory.

Key Takeaways

It is our goal to provide the audience with the following intended key takeaways for the audience:

1. Identify strategies that tackle broader issues and systems for managing the changing higher education landscape
2. Discuss strategies for approaching learner analytics, the educational experience, academic support, and learner well-being in a Post-COVID-19 world
3. Determine opportunities to deliver authentic lifelong learning, skills recognition, and employability enablement
4. Build a sustainable momentum that demonstrates the impact of ongoing work


We are honored to be joined by some of our most fearless academic leaders, mentors, colleagues and friends participating on our panel:

Dr. Jane Marie Souza, Associate Provost for Academic Administration, University of Rochester

Jane Marie Souza, PhD serves as the Associate Provost for Academic Administration and Accreditation Liaison Officer at the University of Rochester. Dr. Souza has served on accreditation teams for multiple agencies including New England Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and Council on Podiatric Medical Education, where she was a member of the Council 2016-2019.  Dr. Souza, the 2019-2020 president of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education,  has served as an assessment consultant for institutions across the country, offering workshops on the use of technology in the classroom, mapping curricular outcomes, and meeting accreditation standards through effective assessment.  She has presented at conferences including the Association for Institutional Research, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (keynote), Drexel Assessment Conference (keynote), Assessment Institute in Indianapolis (section keynote), Texas A&M, and Association for Medical Education in Europe. 

Jack Suess, Vice President of Information Technology and CIO, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Mr. Jack Suess is VP of IT & CIO for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and has led IT at UMBC since 1997. Mr. Suess serves on the executive leadership team of the university and reports to the President, Freeman Hrabowski. During his tenure as CIO, UMBC has received awards and recognition for its work in advanced networking, cybersecurity, identity management, data analytics, cloud services, and learning analytics.  Through those efforts Mr. Suess is a frequent presenter at national conferences and has served on the Board of Internet2, EDUCAUSE, and InCommon and presently serves on the IMSglobal board.

Scott Owczarek, University Registrar, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Owczarek develops and delivers services and programs related to student enrollment services. He also supports the teaching mission of the university by providing curriculum management, classroom scheduling, and grading services to faculty and instructional staff.

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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