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How do we analyze our data in ways that address key components of institutional mission, strategic planning goals, accreditation requirements, etc.

As international educators, we are surrounded by data from a variety of stakeholders. Our institutions and programs collect data on student enrollment, persistence, and learning outcomes; on financial aid, program expenditures, and revenue from tuition and fees. How can we analyze this data to help inform our decisions? How can we use leverage this data to advocate for our programs and our work?

This e-Learning Seminar provides participants with answers to questions such as:

  • What are the first steps of analyzing data that’s been collected?
  • How can data be summarized and described in a way that’s meaningful?
  • How can we work collaboratively to gather additional data?

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify data reporting methods likely to impact decisions at your institution
  • Determine what questions to ask of the data, and strategies to help find answers
  • Begin to apply foundations of quantitative data analysis to address programmatic and institutional goals
  • Consider strategies for collaborating with other stakeholders across campus to influence data collection procedures

GianMario Besana, PhD

GianMario Besana
DePaul University
GianMario Besana is a Vincent de Paul professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media and currently serves as associate provost for global engagement and online learning at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. His portfolio comprises the internationalization process of the institution and its...

Gundolf Graml, PhD

Gundolf Graml
Agnes Scott College
Gundolf Graml, PhD, is the associate vice president/dean for curriculum and strategic initiatives at Agnes Scott College. He is also a professor of German. Previously, he served as the assistant dean for global learning. He is a member of International Research Collaborative Crossovers: African...

Melissa Whatley, PhD

Melissa Whatley
North Carolina State University
Melissa Whatley, PhD, is a postdoctoral research scholar in the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at North Carolina State University, where she conducts research on issues related to community college student success. Her primary areas of expertise include community colleges...