Access and Opportunity

The Access and Opportunity research area is focused on the complex relationship between the social construction of race and ethnicity, the stratification of college opportunity, and the social mobility of racial and ethnic minorities in American society. Recent work in this area has examined the educational experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander students, Black students in suburban communities, and the relationship between access and opportunity in post-affirmative action California.  This research area is directed by Dr. Robert Teranishi, associate professor of higher education in the Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology.

 

Assessment and Evaluation

Research in Assessment and Evaluation provides scholars and practitioners with timely and critical empirical evidence about the influence of collegiate conditions, educational practices, and student experiences on student learning and development. Current projects explore a range of campus contexts and student outcomes from the development of moral reasoning among students in professional programs to engagement in high-risk behaviors among undergraduates at large research universities. This research area is led by Dr. Matt Mayhew, assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology.

 

International Policy

The International Policy research area explores the effects of globalization on higher education throughout the world, with a special emphasis on understanding the policy environments that maintain and improve institutional quality.  The Institute's activities in the International Policy area support collaborative networks of scholars, policy-makers, and higher education professionals in Israel, India, and in several countries across Africa.  This research area is directed by Dr. Teboho Moja, clinical professor of higher education in the Department of Administration, Technology and Leadership.