International Educators of Illinois Research on International Education Data Collection and Assessment to Improve Campus Programs and Affect

Policy Workshop
April 18, 2008 Louis Rizzo Illinois Institute of Technology Kim Taylor Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

April 25, 2008 David Comp The University of Chicago Louis Rizzo Illinois Institute of Technology This workshop will explore research on a wide range of international education issues to help practitioners, administrators and students interested in learning how to collect data that will help improve international programs on campus and to impact institutional, state or federal policy. Additionally, this workshop will explore outcomes of overseas learning and the variety tools available for this type of assessment. Finally, this workshop will discuss publishing and disseminating research results. Part I: Part II: Part III: Data Collection for Practice and Policy Outcomes Assessment of International Educational Experiences and Assessment Tools Publishing and Disseminating Research and Analyses: Finding a Forum or Venue for Assessment Sharing

Presenter Bios David Comp currently works as the Senior Adviser for International Initiatives in The College at The University of Chicago. Previously he was an Assistant Director in the Office of International Affairs at The University of Chicago. He has also consulted on several international education related projects for a variety of institutions and organizations in higher education. He was a founding Co-Chair of the NAFSA SECUSSA Research Committee, the SECUSSA representative to the NAFSA Task Force on Research and served on the NAFSA Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Task Force. He currently serves on the Committee on Outcomes Assessment of the Forum on Education Abroad and as the Research and Scholarship Network Leader within NAFSA’s Teaching, Learning and Scholarship knowledge community. He serves on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Studies in International Education (JSIE). He is currently authoring the “Assessment of and Standards for Study Abroad” and co-authoring the “Diversification of the Student Profile” chapters in the forthcoming History of US Study Abroad: 1965 to Present and he was the lead author of the “Education Abroad Outcomes Assessment Literature and Resources” chapter in the Guide to Outcomes Assessment in Education Abroad of The Forum on Education Abroad. He has also edited and compiled numerous bibliographies for the field including the annotated bibliographies Research on U.S. Students Abroad, Volume III, with Updates to the 1989 and Volume II Editions and Underrepresentation in Education Abroad. He received his B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, his M.S. in Family Science from the University of NebraskaLincoln and is currently at the dissertation proposal stage in Comparative and International Education at Loyola University Chicago.

Louis Rizzo currently works in the International Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Louis previously held an Assistantship with the Center for Comparative Education at Loyola University Chicago (LUC), where he taught and conducted research on comparative and international education. He is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at LUC in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies with a focus on Comparative and International Education. In addition, Louis currently serves as President of the Comparative and International Education Graduate Student Association (CIEGSA); a scholarly group of active students and alumni engaged in research pertaining to international issues of education. His active involvement with NAFSA is encapsulated by his current role as Team Leader of the Research and Scholarship Network Leader within NAFSA’s Teaching, Learning and Scholarship knowledge community. Louis has presented various papers at professional and scholarly conferences including NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). He currently has a publication “under review” with the Comparative Education Review entitled, “What’s in a Name? How Our Association Came to be Called the Comparative and International Education Society.” Louis’s current research interests include comparative higher education, globalization, and emerging global markets of higher education. His international experience includes working in England, Greece, and Scotland and taking coursework at Brunel University and the University of Oxford. Kim Taylor currently works as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Study Abroad at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is currently enrolled in the Learning, Culture and Society Master’s program in the Education department at SIUE and is in the process of finishing her thesis before she graduates this summer. Kim earned her Bachelor’s degree from SIUE as well, majoring in Speech Communication. As an undergraduate student, she was accepted into the Undergraduate Research Academy at SIUE and presented her research on faculty uses of Facebook at the URA symposium last spring. She also co authored a journal article entitled, “Social Networking on Facebook” published in the Journal of Communication, Speech and Theater with Dr. Lesa Stern of Westmont College. New to the field of International Education, she is extremely excited to be part of NAFSA and of the Illinois team. Next month, Kim will be heading to China and Thailand for six weeks to increase her international experience further and to take part in an internship. Her other international experiences include studying in Australia for a semester as an undergraduate student and visiting Fiji and Mexico.

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