Institute Keynote

Dr. Marla Franco
she, her, hers | @marla_franco

Dr. Marla Franco serves as the Assistant Vice Provost for Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives at the University of Arizona. She has worked in higher education for 20 years at public universities in California and Arizona, having served in various roles within academic and student affairs, including assessment and research. 

She is co-founder of the STEM in HSI Working Group and as a scholar-practitioner has co-authored

publications to inform improved practice at HSIs, including Transforming STEM Education at Hispanic Serving Institutions in the United States: A Consensus Report, Assessing the Readiness of Hispanic Serving Institutions to Serve Latinx Students: Moving Beyond Compositional Diversity and Engaging Community Partners to Improve STEM Education at HSIs.

In 2019, she received the ACPA John Hernandez Leadership Award, was named Business Woman of the Year by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and led institutional efforts resulting in the UA being awarded the inaugural Seal of Excelencia.

Dr. Franco is a first-generation college graduate, having earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in counseling from California State University, Long Beach, and a doctoral degree in higher education leadership from Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Franco leads strategically, courageously, and with a fierce passion for what she does.

Institute Faculty

Danielle Acheampong
she, her, hers | @DAcheamp

Danielle has served as an Assessment and Research Analyst and Coordinator for UCLA’s Student Affairs Information and Research Office (SAIRO) since 2014, working with the Registrar’s Office and other Student Affairs departments to support and guide assessment efforts. She also facilitates professional development training through SAIRO events and courses. Information can be a powerful tool for decision making and through her work Danielle seeks to empower staff to capture and use data in their work. Danielle is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. in History, and the University of Washington with an M.A. in Museology. During graduate school, she also completed a certificate program focusing on measuring visitor experience outcomes through assessment. As an audience researcher prior to working in universities, she conducted several studies for museum clients including the Woodland Park Zoo, The Burke Museum and Pacific Science Center. She enjoys bringing in unusual perspectives and methods to Higher Education Assessment.

James Archibald
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James G Archibald, Ph.D., LPC currently serves as an Associate Professor of Higher Education Leadership at Valdosta State University. In this role, James is dedicated to assisting students in their preparation for their careers in student affairs/higher education. He previously served as the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Valdosta State University where he provided strategic vision, leadership, organization, and supervision for the Division of Student Affairs. He currently services as the Directorate Chair for ACPA’s Commission for Recreation, Athletics, and Wellness. He received the 2018 ACPA Outstanding Contribution to Recreation Award. James was also the recipient of the 2014 NASPA Region III Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs through Teaching Award. James earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University, his M.S. in Guidance and Counseling from Austin Peay State University and a B.S. in Psychology from Morehouse College.

Kellie Dixon
she, her, hers | @misskellie_1

Dr. Kellie M. Dixon serves as the Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Staff Development at North Carolina Agricultural and technical State University. Dr. Dixon has oversight of assessment and staff development for a division of 150+ employees at 17 departments. She coordinates assessment initiatives that provide continuous improvement of programs and services. Additionally, she works with student groups to provide a holistic story of the student experience that aide in administrative effectiveness. Dr. Dixon assists with the division's strategic planning and accreditation activities. Dr. Dixon holds a Ed.D in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Dr. Dixon serves as the Chair-elect on the ACPA Commission on Assessment and Evaluation directorate board and HBCU Division Chair for NASPA Region III.

Megan Forecki
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Megan is the Senior Coordinator for Assessment and Research in Student Engagement and Career Development at the University of Arizona. In her role, she provides support to the department on assessing reach, reputation, learning outcomes, and engagement of UA students in career-readiness programs and services. Her department focuses on and values rapid prototyping and lean improvement to continually improve service to students. She also supports the Career Destination Survey efforts for UArizona. Megan currently serves as the Faculty Coordinator for the 2020 ACPA Assessment Institute and has been a past participant (2015) and faculty member (2018) in years past. Megan is currently a doctoral student in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at UArizona, and received in Masters of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University. Go Cats and Go Birds!

Martha Glass
she, her, hers | @marthaglassVT

Dr. Martha Glass serves as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Administration. She has oversight of Student Affairs Assessment and Professional Development,
Communications, Human Resources, and IT. Martha led assessment and professional development for ten years. Her leadership built a foundation and culture of assessment for 24 departments as they develop and implement outcomes-based assessment strategies that leads to continuous improvement of programs and services that support student learning and administrative effectiveness. She also creates assessment educational efforts, coordinates program reviews, research projects about the student experience, and leads strategic planning and accreditation activities. Martha holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in Higher Education from Virginia Tech and is an assistant professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at Virginia Tech.  Martha is chair of the ACPA Commission on Assessment and Evaluation.

Rebecca Goldstein
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Rebecca Goldstein currently serves as the Interim Director of Assessment and Research at Florida Atlantic University. In this role she works with 23 departments to coordinate assessment efforts, while working with leadership to develop the overall strategic plan for the Division of Student Affairs. She devises, coordinates the creation of, and maintains dashboard(s) for each department in the division while training staff in their usage. She also coordinates assessment training for the division at all levels, including survey building, goal setting, and strategic planning. She is a graduate of Indiana University (B.S. Environmental Science), the University of South Carolina (M.Ed. Higher Education and Student Affairs), and is currently a doctoral student in Higher Educational Leadership and Research Methodology program at FAU. Her research focuses on how staff within student affairs implement the results of their assessment efforts to improve offerings and services for students.

Michael King
he, him his | @DrSDakota

Dr. Michael King serves the University of Southern Mississippi as the executive director of organizational and student learning. In this role, Michael works with division leaders to productively infuse assessment and strategic planning in their work of developing healthy,  connected, and learning-focused students and communities. Additionally, he oversees divisional marketing and professional development efforts, while also leading teams to maximize the learning potential inherent within student employment and leadership opportunities. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies and has enjoyed applying his social science training and love of higher education to the 'lab of life' in student affairs work.

Anne E. Lundquist
she, her, hers | @AnneElundquist

With vast experience in both the classroom and the administrative conference room, Dr. Anne Lundquist believes that institutions of higher education can, and should, continue to adapt in order to compete in the 21st-century marketplace. In her role as Assistant Vice President, Campus Adoption for Campus Labs, she draws on her nearly 30-year career as an educator to help campuses understand the value of technology and data-informed decisions. Before joining Campus Labs, Anne served as Director of Strategic Planning and Assessment for the Division of Student Affairs at Western Michigan University, where she championed a holistic framework for student success. In addition to her varied administrative leadership roles at WMU and four liberal arts colleges, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in diverse subject matter, including educational leadership, institutional effectiveness, oral communication, writing, and literature. An expert in enterprise risk management, Anne gives conference presentations, leads webinars, and has authored or peer-reviewed numerous articles and book chapters on strategic planning. She holds both a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Higher Education, from Western Michigan University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Albion College.

amanda thomas headshotAmanda Thomas
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Amanda is the Executive Director of Assessment and Planning at West Chester University and chair of the 200 Student Affairs Assessment Institute. She coordinates assessment and strategic planning activities for the Division of Student Affairs, co-chairs the Student Affairs Assessment Council, and serves on the university’s assessment and strategic planning groups. Her experience includes grant evaluation, research support, academic assessment, institutional research and student affairs assessment. She is a member of the ACPA Commission for Assessment and Evaluation Directorate Board and is involved in the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders organization. Amanda holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel and a B.B.A in Management from Kent State University. She is certified in Continuing Research Education. Her research interests are broad, however, some constant themes include curriculum development, career readiness, diversity and inclusion, first generation students, leadership and management, mental health, mentoring and student success.

Matthew Venaas
he, him, his | @mattvenaas

Matt Venaas is a Research Manager at Skyfactor, a Macmillan Learning company. In this capacity on the Analytics & Research Team, he is responsible for survey design and content for over 50 national benchmarking assessments. He also is responsible for analyzing data from these assessments to build educational content and conduct national studies. Since 2015, he has presented over 50 educational sessions at national higher education conferences on a wide

range of topics related to student affairs assessment, student success, and retention. He is currently a member of the Directorate Board for ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and has twice served on faculty for the Student Affairs Assessment Institute. He has a M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education and a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.

Sharon Latkovich Valente
she, her, hers | @drsvalente

Dr. Sharon Latkovich Valente is the Director of Assessment, Evaluation, & Accreditation at the

University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu. She is responsible for helping faculty, staff, and administration understand if intended learning outcomes are being achieved and how programs can build on their strengths.She has developed and implemented procedures to administer campus assessment based on AAC&U’s VALUE Institute. As the Accreditation Liaison Officer for WSCUC, she relates accreditation standards to assessment efforts, driving student success based on results-driven inquiry. Sharon holds a Ph.D. in Finance and Research Methods from the University of Akron.

Dayna Weintraub
she, her, hers | @DSBWeintraub

Dr. Dayna Weintraub has served as the Director of Student Affairs Research, Assessment, and Planning and an Associate Member of the Faculty in the Higher Education PhD program at Rutgers University - New Brunswick since 2016. She leads the oversight, training, and implementation of assessment for Student Affairs, which includes 26 departments, 4000 employees and serves 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Dayna holds a master’s and doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. In addition to her research background, Dayna brings an extensive career in residence life, faculty governance, and curriculum management.. She is passionate about the importance of well-designed empirical research in providing direction to the student affairs community. She has published her research in academic journals, and presented her work on parental involvement, gender issues in STEM fields, and civic engagement in community colleges at conferences worldwide.

Jennifer Wells
she, her, hers | @jbwells

Dr. Jen Wells is the Director of Assessment in the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Kennesaw State University.  In this role, she works cooperatively with staff, faculty, and administrators to advance the Kennesaw State University's continuous improvement initiative.  In collaboration with her Assessment Team, Jen promotes a culture of excellence and continuous improvement through Improve KSU, the university-wide assessment model, and the assessment of performance and student learning outcomes. Dr. Wells was previously the Director of Planning and Assessment in Student Affairs at Kennesaw State University.  She earned her Ph.D. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia. Jen received undergraduate degrees in German and History from Albion College, and a Masters in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State. She is the Editor for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). Jen enjoys CrossFit, reading, hiking, and most importantly, spending time with her dogs, Max and Piper.

Jaime Williams
she, her, hers | @Jaime_804

Jaime Williams serves as the Assistant Director of Assessment for Residential Life and Housing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. In this capacity, she coordinates the outcomes-based assessment and continuous improvement processes for the department. She leads the department assessment planning process, assists her colleagues in implementing various measures of effectiveness and student learning, and designs training and professional development opportunities for Residential Life and Housing staff. In addition, she serves on the Division of Student Affairs Assessment Council, a group charged with building assessment culture and capacity throughout the Division. Jaime is also a current member of the Directorate Board for ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and has previously served as faculty twice for the Student Affairs Assessment Institute. She holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in Higher Education from Virginia Tech and is currently a doctoral student in the Research, Assessment, and Evaluation Ph.D. program at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Sara Wills
she, her, hers | @saramwills

Sara Wills serves as the Manager, Integrated Learning & Assessment at Western University, leading the development and assessment of a thriving campus integrated learning plan across the student experience division. She is responsible for managing departmental and program assessment plans, curriculum mapping, and collaborates on divisional benchmarking surveys, grants, and special research projects. Prior to this role, she coordinated departmental assessment for staff hiring and training, student and community development, behaviour intervention, and accommodations at various institutions. Sara has been a past faculty member for the Assessment Institute and the Institute on the Curricular Approach, and is currently serving as a Curriculum Co-Chair for the 2020 ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute. As a certified CliftonStrengths coach and positive educator, Sara’s research interests explore the intersections of learning and assessment frameworks, career clarity, and strengths-based practice. Sara earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts at Lakehead University and her Masters of Education in post-secondary studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Katherine Yngve
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Katherine N. Yngve is a “recovering” Senior International Officer and former study abroad advisor, who now specializes in assessment of so-called “soft” skills such as critical thinking, intercultural competence, tolerance of ambiguity, diversity- equity-inclusion aptitudes, leadership, teamwork; etc. She particularly enjoys (a) helping STEM faculty teach and measure qualitative outcomes and (b) helping humanities professors define, measure and improve liberal-learning outcomes. Thanks to ACPA’s 2019 Student Affairs Institute, she has recently re-dedicated herself to aligning her assessment work with her social justice values –and to helping others do the same. She currently serves as assessment guru and “data whisperer” at Purdue University, in a position that reports jointly to the Office of Institutional Data Analysis + Assessment (IDAtA) and the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentoring, Assessment and Research (CILMAR). She is a qualified administrator of four quantitative intercultural/diversity competence instruments as well as an aficionada of rubrics, authentic assessment and culturally-relevant methodologies. She obtained her BA at Indiana University, did her MA at University of Chicago, and pursued her doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota.