research projects

Data-Driven Analytics

Universities are urged to make more data-driven decisions each year. Trilby Suite is designed with reporting and analytics at the top of mind, but we take it a step further by partnering with leading organizations to bring much-needed data analysis to the field to better understand international students and institutional operations to pave the way for better student outcomes and greater institutional efficiency. Plus, Jason likes to get nerdy with it, so, it's a win-win.

NAFSA Economic Value Tool


Jason engineered the Economic Value Tool back in 2001 and continues to work with NAFSA to produce the analysis each year.



JBI produced the data analysis for NAFSA's 2020 Economic Value Tool.

Fast Facts:

  • a decline of almost 2% in the number of overall international students (1,075,496; which includes those on optional practical training), the first time that figure has dipped since the 2005-2006 academic year;

  • a reduction in the number of jobs created/supported, on average, by international students: for every 8 international students, 3 U.S. jobs are created/supported. In previous years, 3 jobs were created/supported by just 7 international students; and

  • the total number of jobs created/supported (415,996) by international students declined by 42,294 (9.2%) from last year;

  • the dollar impact of COVID-19 on the economic contributions of international students was $1.17 billion, and,

  • new international student enrollment declined for the fourth straight year.

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