International Education Leadership (IEL)


International Student Pathway Programs: Build Versus Buy

Wednesday, May 31
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
LACC, Room 515A

Pathway programs for international students are on the rise across North America. Understanding and evaluating the many components of implementing a comprehensive solution can be overwhelming and gaining institutional support can be a challenge. In this session, panelists discuss key considerations for building a solution internally compared to choosing an external provider.

Learning Objectives:

Gretchen M. Bataille


Gretchen M. Bataille’s long career in higher education has included a variety of positions from department chair to university president and, most recently, as the Senior Vice President for the American Council on Education, the preeminent membership association for over 1800 colleges and universities. In her various roles, she has consulted in higher education both in the United States and abroad. She has been invited to visit and speak in over twenty countries. Before becoming president of the University of North Texas, a research university with over 36,000 students, Dr. Bataille served as an administrator at Arizona State University, University of California, Santa Barbara, Washington State University and the University of North Carolina system. She has worked on projects for the Department of State, CIES, the Sloan Foundation, WASC, TIAA-CREF and other government agencies and foundations. She is a member of the Board of Directors for SAGE Publications and served on the Board of Trustees for Drake University. Her role on this panel will be to introduce the topic and pose leading questions to panelists to elicit their experiences with pathway programs and to provide the audience with significant information with which to determine the best course of action for their campus to internationalize the campus through the recruitment and retention of international students. Dr. Bataille serves as a consultant for both Navitas USA and ROI Consulting Group.


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Britta Baron

Vice-Provost & AVP (International)
University of Alberta

Britta Baron is Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (International) at the University of Alberta. She joined the university in that role in August 2006. Between 1983 and 2004 Britta Baron held various leadership roles in the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst or DAAD), including Director of its offices in New York and London.

With degrees in Italian, French, History, and German from the University of Göttingen, the University of Florence and the University of Bonn, she was appointed a visiting professor in Modern Languages at the University of Keele in the UK and has taught in a Master’s program at the University of London’s Institute of Education. She received an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University.

She is a member of the Governing Board of Bielefeld University (Germany), the NAFSA Board of Governors, the Executive Committee of the International Commission of APLU, the Board of German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research, the Management Committee of CALDO, a consortium of Canadian research universities committed to advancing the country’s international education connections and of the BMW Center for European Studies at Georgetown University.

She is a frequent speaker on topics relating to comparative higher education and internationalization and has published widely. She is co-author, with Dr. Carl Amrhein, of “Building Success in a Global University,” published in 2013.


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Daniel J. Guhr

Managing Director
Illuminate Consulting Group

Prior to founding ICG, Dr. Guhr served as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and as a Director of Business Development with SAP in Silicon Valley. He holds a D.Phil. in Higher Education and a M.Sc. in Educational Research Methodology from Oxford, as well as a M.A. in Political Science from Brandeis. Dr. Guhr was also trained for three years at Bonn and Harvard Universities, served as a research specialist at UC Berkeley, and conducted research at a Max-Planck-Institute. During his studies, he was awarded 17 scholarships and grants. Dr. Guhr has authored more than 40 research papers and studies. His doctoral dissertation on Access to Higher Education in Germany and California was published in the Series Studies in Comparative Education by Peter Lang Publishers. Since 2005, he has contributed to well more than 100 conference sessions and workshops.


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Mihaela Metianu

Director of International Student and Scholar Services
Florida Atlantic University

Mihaela Metianu is the director of International Services at Florida Atlantic University. She has been working in the field of international higher education since 1996 and serves as the PDSO (Principal Designated School Official) and RO (Responsible Officer) for her institution. She is an active NAFSA member who served as a Trainer Corps workshop facilitator and session/webinar presenter. Currently she serves on the ISS Regulatory Practice Committee as the Chair of the Student Subcommittee.


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