Department of Education funds new center for collaboration of researchers and broad-access colleges – Odessa American

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 learning, a press release from Odessa College said Thursday.

SRI and CCRC will also partner with Achieving the Dream, which is 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, Bunker Hill Community 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.