U.S. Department of Education funds new center for collaboration of researchers and broad-access colleges

ODESSA (July 8, 2021) – The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences has awarded $10 million to SRI Education and Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University’s Teachers College for a new center to conduct research on how educational technology and instructional strategies can bolster students’ skills for managing their own learning.

SRI and CCRC will also partner with Achieving the Dream, a national leader in championing evidence-based institutional improvement, and a group of nine community colleges and other schools, which are designated as broad-access colleges because they accept more than 70 percent of all applicants.

Colleges partnering with the new center are Odessa College in Texas, Bunker Hill Community College in Massachusetts, Calbright College in California, Macomb Community College in Michigan, Palm Beach State College in Florida, Portland State University in Oregon, Tulsa Community College in Oklahoma, Virginia State University, and Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina.

The new center will use the findings from its research program to develop professional learning and guidance resources for higher education administrators and instructors. The center will also enable knowledge-sharing among colleges, researchers, and educational technology developers.

The center is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305C210003 to SRI International. IES provided $10 million (100%) of funding for the center.