Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS)
This session targets practitioners and researchers who are interested in current evaluations of the outcomes and impacts of international scholarship programs. Presenters will discuss the role of such programs in promoting social justice and development goals, share qualitative and quantitative findings, and reflect on methodological considerations.
Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Institute of International Education
Ms. Mirka Martel is Head of Global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) at the Institute of International Education (IIE). She works with the IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact. Ms. Martel specializes in quantitative and qualitative evaluation of international education programs, with a specific interest in literacy, higher education, and international fellowships. She has over 12 years of international research and evaluation experience working with U.S. government clients, NGOs, and private corporations and over 8 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of international education programs worldwide. At IIE she has managed evaluations for several clients including the Alcoa Foundation, Cargill Foundation, Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Ms. Martel is also leading a quasi-experimental study of the comparative effects of IIE’s Higher Education Readiness (HER) Program in Ethiopia.
Thursday, June 1
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Mathematica Policy Research
Clemencia Cosentino’s research focuses on education practice and policy to increase access to educational opportunity. She has extensively studied the underrepresentation and advancement of U.S. minorities and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education as well as in the workforce. Her work has also focused on efforts to improve access to and outcomes in secondary and higher education for youth in developing countries.
Prior to joining Mathematica in 2010, Cosentino was the director of the Program for Evaluation and Equity Research of the Urban Institute where she conducted extensive research on STEM programs, which she continues today. She has worked on high-profile studies, such as the quasi-experimental evaluations of the Congressionally mandated National Science Foundation (NSF) Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP), the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) and, at present, the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program.
In addition to her work in the U.S., Cosentino developed a similar portfolio of work to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged youth in developing countries. She led the design of the monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) frame work for the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education, a collaborative of private foundations that supports innovative approaches to addressing complex problems affecting access to and quality of secondary education in developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia. She is also the principal investigator of MEL efforts for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, an initiative designed to develop the next generation of transformative leaders by supporting about 30,000 academically promising but economically disadvantaged students from sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the developing world. Currently, she is also collaborating on a policy study of issues and potential solutions to low educational attainment and skills acquisition among youth across Latin American nations.
Cosentino has a Ph.D. in sociology (with concentrations in education and international development) from Princeton University.
Manager, International Student & Scholar Experience
Arizona State University
Drew Ross is an Assistant Director in the International Students & Scholars Center where he works to support the academic, transitional and integration journey of all ASU international students. Drew enjoys working with international students to provide support and resources to help make the most out of their educational experience at ASU. Drew also serves as the Co-Chair of the Committee for Campus Inclusion at the Tempe campus and helps facilitate the SafeZone and Global Allies Workshops for faculty, staff and students. Previously, he worked for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at ASU where he advised students from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Drew holds a Master of Arts in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Prior to his time in California, Drew spent three years teaching English on the South Pacific islands of American Samoa where he first discovered his passion for supporting international students.