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Columbia got this center as the result of an IES grant competition.
Proposals were due in November, 9 were received in this competition for the
higher ed center, and the applicants just learned the outcome at the end of
last week. The funding decision was based on the strength of the grant
proposal. I am only aware of all this because I wrote one of the competing
proposals.

Jeanne Higbee
Center for Research on Developmental Education and Urban Literacy

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Anyone from NCDE on lrnasst?  I'd be very curious to know how this new
effort will overlap what Appalachian has done so well, whether they were
consulted at all about the project, etc.

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From: Dan Kern <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 7:31 am
Subject: Research on Higher Ed Gets a Boost: focus
underprepared/low-income/community colleges
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> Research on Higher Ed Gets a Boost
>
>
> At a time of great fulmination about the future of American
> higher education
> and colleges' ability to successfully educate the country's
> growing numbers
> of low-income and academically underprepared citizens, the U.S.
> EducationDepartment is establishing a new national research
> center to study just
> those topics.
>
> The National Research and Development Center on Postsecondary
> Education,which will be housed at the Community College Research
> Center at Columbia
> <http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/>  University's Teachers
> College, will be the
> nation's only federally funded research center on higher
> education. It is
> sponsored by the Institute for Education Sciences, which is
> providing $9.8
> million over five years to establish the new center, one of
> several it is
> creating. (The others deal with early childhood education and
> development,gifted and talented education, and local and state
> policy.) The Columbia
> center's partners are MDRC, the Curry School of Education at the
> Universityof Virginia, and professors at Harvard University and
> Princeton University.
>
> The institute's predecessor, the Office for Educational Research and
> Improvement, had its own research center, the National Center for
> <http://www.stanford.edu/group/ncpi/>  Postsecondary
> Improvement at Stanford
> University, which shut its doors in 2004.
>
> The new center will focus on efforts by two- and four-year
> institutions to
> bolster students' access to higher education and improve the
> rates at which
> they earn a degree. "There is a gap in what we know and don't
> know about the
> policies and programs that postsecondary institutions are
> implementing to
> improve student access and success in higher education," said
> Thomas Brock,
> director of MDRC. "This grant will give the center the
> opportunity to do the
> research that will help us say with more certainty what works
> and what
> doesn't."
>
> Thomas Bailey, who directs the Community College Research Center
> and will
> head the new national center, said it was noteworthy that the
> departmentchose to house its new center in a research program
> with a "very strong
> focus on community colleges," since traditionally "the large
> majority of
> research on higher education has focused on four-year
> institutions. Bailey
> said the choice recognized the growing importance and status of
> two-year
> institutions.
>
> Bailey said the new center will examine a range of topics,
> including dual
> enrollment programs, which enroll high school students in
> college courses;
> remediation; learning communities for low-skill students; and
> financial aid
> policies and state incentives or sanctions to promote low-income,
> low-skilled students.
>
> http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/07/11/edresearch
>
> - Doug Lederman <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
>
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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
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