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International educators and administrators require quality data to make sound decisions and compelling business cases. They also need an understanding of data strategy and data analytics to help advocate on behalf of education abroad and international student programs; advance strategic planning for institutional internationalization; understand outcomes of student learning; inform future research; and analyze trends in student recruitment from competitive new markets.

In this NAFSA e-Learning Seminar, experts will address the challenges of locating pertinent data, share model practices for analyzing raw data, and examine its impact on decisionmaking for educators, staff, program managers, and administrators.


After attending this NAFSA e-Learning Seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify important data sources related to IE research;
  • Leverage data in creating and framing strategies and initiatives;
  • Formulate a data strategy in response to specific research questions; and
  • Apply available data to support international education goals and outcomes.

The content of this NAFSA e-Learning Seminar will appeal to professionals working in international student services; campus education abroad offices; recruitment and admissions; and academic and student affairs.


Ling G. LeBeau
Western Carolina University

Ling Gao LeBeau, PhD, is director of international programs and services at Western Carolina University (WCU). She provides strategic vision, leadership, advocacy, and expertise on international education and services at WCU. She leads and implements campuswide internationalization initiatives and oversees various areas. Before WCU, LeBeau was an international educator at Indiana University. She serves on NAFSA’s Trainer Corps for workshops on international education research and J-1 advising. LeBeau holds a PhD in higher education and master’s of science degree in language education from Indiana University-Bloomington. Her research interests include global learning, curriculum internationalization, international partnerships, assessment, and mobility.

Emily Gorlewski
Wesleyan University

Emily Gorlewski, EdD, is the associate director of study abroad in the Fries Center for Global Studies at Wesleyan University. She has worked in the field of international education for 12 years. She has been responsible for all aspects of education abroad administration, including program design, faculty leader preparation, evaluation, and assessment. She received her EdD from the University of Minnesota, where her dissertation topic was the engagement of multicultural student affairs professionals in internationalization. She has presented many times at international education conferences.

Sara Kurtz Allaei
Indiana University

Sara Kurtz Allaei is executive director for the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Office of International Affairs and Indiana University assistant vice president for international services. She has more than 30 years of international education management experience, including English as a second language program management; international student and scholar services; and international enrollment management. Her current leadership role at IUPUI focuses on achieving goals for all aspects of international student enrollment management in concert with comprehensive campus internationalization. Allaei also engages strategically in implementing university-wide initiatives involving international enrollment and services. A NAFSA member since 1991, Allaei has held many member-leader roles in the association, including chair of Region VI, ethics coordinator for the NAFSA Membership Committee, NAFSA Academy coach, and Management Development Program trainer.