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Swimming Upstream with your life jacket on—Making use of data to impact student learning & institutional effectiveness

AEFIS Academy Community Event


Dr. Joe Levy

Executive Director of Assessment and Accreditation

National Louis University

Dr. Megan Bell

SAAL Open Course Instructor/Student Affairs Assessment at Cal State Northridge

Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL)

Suzanne Carbonaro

Director of Academic Partnerships


March 21, 2022 @ 4:30 PM 5:30 PM EDT


COVID-19 has transformed Student Affairs nationwide. According to a March 2021 Chronicle of Higher Education webinar “The Future of Student Affairs,” most institutions are focused on quality of educational experiences for students, placing greater emphasis on student learning outcomes. Yet, with shrinking budgets, leaders have had to rethink programming and assessment to justify funding. Presenters will share a community-driven approach for supporting Student Affairs practitioners who are navigating the challenges of the new normal.

Key Takeaways

  • Identify how community-driven programming to support student affairs units in assessment
  • Discover the value of partnership in leading student affairs assessment efforts
  • Create a plan to adapt sustainable processes to support student affairs assessment year round


Dr. Joe Levy, Executive Director of Assessment and Accreditation, National Louis University

Dr. Joseph D. Levy, serves as the Executive Director of Assessment and Accreditation at National Louis University in Chicago, IL. Joe earned a BA in English from Baldwin-Wallace College, an MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from National Louis University. Joe is a member of the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) Board of Directors, co-creator and instructor for the Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs open course, and endorsed speaker for the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Author, presenter, trainer, and consultant, Joe enjoys leveraging his academic and student affairs experience from multiple institutional types to talk assessment, quality assurance, and institutional betterment.

Dr. Megan Bell, SAAL Open Course Instructor/Student Affairs Assessment at Cal State Northridge, Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL)

Megan Bell currently works in Student Affairs Assessment at Cal State Northridge. Bell served as a Research Associate in the College of Education for the Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations. She was responsible for directing the US Department of Education Strengthening Institutions grant. She is the former Executive Director of Community Learning and Assessment in Student Affairs, and also served as the Interim Associate Vice-Chancellor of Students Affairs. She also served as the director of assessment, policy and efficiency, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance. In her previous roles, she was responsible for the Department of Residential Life and Housing which houses about 1,700 students as well as the Family Development Center and serving as the Division Liaison to enrollment management and academic units to develop partnerships related to student success. Finally, she coordinated division-wide assessment and evaluation initiatives. Bell has also served as the assistant director and director of the University Center and as assistant director of the University Memorial Center at CU Boulder. She also has held student affairs positions at Whittier College, Whittier, California, and the University of California, Riverside.

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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