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Emily Cheng

Emily Cheng

Senior Program Associate - Data Analyst

Headshot: Emily ChengEmily (Li) Cheng joined IEL in 2019 as a senior program associate - data analyst, focusing on organizational metrics, large public data sets related to equity, and evaluation. She earned her Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Western Michigan University and her master’s degree in public administration from Binghamton University. She is also a member of Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society. Her research interests include educational performance evaluation, social equity, and comparative public policy and administration. While in school, she led a project to analyze the gap between academic training and job requirements for FAA Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance; managed a state-funded college mentoring program that was launched for academically and economically disadvantaged students; and prepared an annual accreditation data report for NASPAA, a global accreditor of master’s degree programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public and nonprofit management. Her skills in statistical analysis, database management, and program evaluation contribute to her success in these endeavors. Her doctoral dissertation focused on transformative learning and curriculum internationalization of public service programs. She is enthusiastic about promoting excellence, diversity, and inclusion in postsecondary education.