CASSIE

The Consortium for Analysis of Student Success through International Education

Staff Members

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Don Rubin is CASSIE’s Co-PI. He is professor emeritus of Communication Studies, Language and Literacy Education, and Linguistics at the University of Georgia. He is also affiliated with UGA’s Center for Health and Risk Communication. He teaches intercultural communication and English as an Additional Language, especially in health contexts. He directed the program for international teaching assistants at UGA, and much of his published research examines US undergraduates’ linguistic stereotypes of international instructors. Rubin has led education abroad classes to Australia’s Northern Territory and to Israel to study communication, culture, and health. He has been a Fulbright scholar at Thai Nguyen University in Vietnam and at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Rubin was research director for the Georgia Learning of Students Studying Abroad Initiative (GLOSSARI; Richard Sutton, PI). GLOSSARI arguably remains one of the most ambitious and rigorous studies to date of learning outcomes accruing from education abroad. He continues work with a variety of collaborators on international learning outcomes assessment, especially with respect to sustainability education and global citizenship.

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Angela Bell is CASSIE’s Project Director. She is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Policy Analysis for the University System of Georgia. Her division is responsible for meeting the information needs of the University System ranging from overseeing collection of data from the system’s 26 campuses, responding to internal and external data requests, and conducting research and analysis to guide policy, decision making, and student success initiatives. Her own research interests focus on student access to, and success in, postsecondary education, especially for underserved populations. Before coming to the USG, Angela worked at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission as the Vice Chancellor of Policy and Planning and also taught high school Latin for nine years. She earned a doctorate in Higher Education Administration and a M.Ed. in Language Education at the University of Georgia. She earned her B.A. in Classics at Princeton University.

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Rachana Bhatt is CASSIE’s Senior Scientist. She is the Research & Policy Administration Manager for Research and Policy Analysis for the University System of Georgia. She responds to data requests, participates in data collection from the 26 institutions, and conducts research and analysis to guide education policy. Her own research evaluates education policies and programs in K-20 settings, with the goal of translating data into usable information for informed decision-making and problem-solving. Before coming to the USG, Rachana worked as an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University. She earned a doctorate in Economics at the University of Rochester, and B.S. at The Ohio State University.

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Darian Agnew is the CASSIE Graduate Assistant. Darian brings to the team a broadened perspective stemming from his diverse educational and professional background. He is currently enrolled in the dual master’s degree program in Public Policy and City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech. He did his undergraduate studies at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics. In 2015, he earned a Master’s of Social Work from The Catholic University of America, where he was introduced to fields of City Planning and Public Policy. His professional career spans over thirteen years; two of which were spent as an engineer for the federal government, and nine of which were spent as a cost analyst for the Naval Sea Systems Command. His professional experience also spans the areas of Employee Assistance, social service programs within secondary education settings, and database management within a public service and city government organization. Darian’s areas of interest include housing, economic development, and community development.