Data Acquisition and Analysis: A Practitioner's Conversation


All education abroad offices use data. The challenge for many is determining how to acquire, store, access, and analyze data in a way that provides meaningful, actionable, and easy-to-understand information.

This chat examined database options, reporting tools, and resources available to non-technical international education professionals. The conversation also explored ideas and best practices for building partnerships with other relevant offices on campus to assist in improving data management practices.

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Live Blog Data Acquisition and Analysis: A Practitioners Conversation


Brook BlahnikBrook Blahnik
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Brook Blahnik manages advising and business operations for the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota. His work entails coordinating the application, advising, and enrollment systems, as well as operational reporting and goal tracking for an institution sending more than 3,500 students abroad annually. Blahnik holds undergraduate degrees in business and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master's degree in higher education administration from Boston College.

Nick GozikNick J. Gozik, PhD
Boston College
Nick Gozik is director of the Office of International Programs and the McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies at Boston College. Additionally, he has held positions in education abroad (EA) at Duke University, New York University, and the University of Richmond. Gozik also served as a visiting professor at New York University, where he taught courses in research methodology, international education, and communication studies. He is currently a lecturer in Boston College’s Lynch School of Education.

Brook BlahnikJaci Czarnecki Thompson
New York University
Jaci Czarnecki Thompson is the director of student services and support at New York University’s Office of Global Programs. She oversees the recruitment, enrollment, and admissions processes for NYU’s 13 study away locations; manages the online application and reporting systems for more than 5,000 applicants annually; and serves on several local and national committees focused on diversity, leadership, and student development. Thompson has undergraduate degrees from Penn State University in Spanish and international studies, and a master's degree in higher education administration from New York University.