Programs and Partnerships

C-REAL provides various educational programs. Many of these programs include annual events that present research from P-20 educational research. Others include research presentations that engage students.

Grant Proposal Development

C-REAL provides assistance and consultation in grant writing and evaluation development in the initial stages of taking an idea/concept and developing a purpose for funding. C-REAL was established in support of the College of Education as a leader in education research that is practical, solution focused, and covers Pre-K through graduate education. C-REAL assists with grant proposal development and also submits independent grants to foundations and governmental agencies interested in education access, equity, diversity, leadership, and college student success.

Research Symposium

The College of Education, the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership Program (Ed.D.), and the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL) host an annual Research Symposium. The event features posters that identified solutions to educational problems based on applied research conducted by doctoral students from the P – 12 and Community College Leadership program specializations. The program includes a poster session by Ed.D. alumni, selected Master of Science students in the Educational Leadership Department, and other invited presenters. Presentation topics concentrate on P-12 and community college issues and implications for leadership, diversity, and access. Following the poster session, a panel discussion is held to further discuss their research and how the results of their studies can lead to different approaches to improving the research. This program is in result of the growing research culture in the College of Education. The talents of our faculty, staff, and students are displayed for the 200+ attendees, including many community partners.

International Professional Development Partnerships

Find out how C-REAL has developed partnerships with the local and international professional development institutes like the Russian Educational Institute, Vietnam project and many more.

  • South African Professionalizing of Student Affairs in Higher Education -  The Department of Educational Leadership, Higher Education Programs has partnered with the University of the Western Cape in South Africa as well as the South African Association of Senior Student Affairs Professionals (SAASSAP) to assist with the professional training and preparation in student affairs administration and establishing formal educational programs. C-REAL has conducted research in collaboration with SAASSAP on the current status of South African student affairs professionals in regards to professional preparation, needs for the profession, and interest in formal preparation programs. Results will help us develop and implement further training, development, and international exchange. An outgrowth of initial assessment has led to the development of a new Ph.D. program in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs at the University of the Western Cape. C-REAL will conduct an evaluation of this program to help guide curriculum development and future collaborations.
  • Russian Educational Institute - The Russian Higher Education Leadership Institute was created to build a partnership between the College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership, and the Regional Open Social Institute (ROSI) and other Russian colleges and universities. Both Coastline College District and Chapman University have been partners in this program that has offered Russian educational leaders a comprehensive examination of US education systems.  A team of College of Education faculty traveled to Russia, presented seminars in three different regions, and met with schools and colleges in three major cities, including Moscow. Institute/seminar sessions included lectures from higher education experts representative of the diversity of institutions that comprise US higher education. The next step in this effort is to offer the US and Russian Cooperative Symposium on Educational Partnerships for Research and Practice to solidify an ongoing partnership with ROSI and other educational agencies in Russia, as well as research collaborations in special education, reading and educational leadership.  
  • Vietnam Project -  This is the first of three phases for a Training the Trainer Seminar focusing on research in higher education, teaching and learning.  The first phase of this training will provide an overview of higher education, research, leadership and management theory, teaching, student learning and development, and assessment and evaluation in educational settings.

Roundtable Hot Topic Discussion Series

Round Table Hot Topic (RTHT) Discussion Series, coordinated by  The Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership,  encourage engagement between faculty and students concerning current educational issues. On a monthly basis, facilitators present an overview of researched topics and foster engaging and thoughtful discussion for professionals to share their perspectives, ideas, and experiences related to the presentation.  The RTHT’s continue to be held by coordination of C-REAL on the third Wednesday of every month.

Research Colloquium Series

The Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL), in coordination with the College of Education, organize a monthly colloquium series for faculty and students to present their current research findings related to areas in education. Each semester four colloquium presentations are held, where a faculty member and graduate/doctoral student presented their current research findings.

The purpose of the sessions is to showcase:

  • Best practices in education
  • Current research
  • The future of educational research

Additionally, the colloquium presentations are used to inform faculty members and graduate students of current research projects at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). The research colloquia serve as an example to students on how to present their current research projects. Presentations typically outline the background of the project and the methodological design behind the research questions raise in a particular subject area. These presentations function as a forum for sharing insights, perspectives, and ideas that might aid us in serving learners and their communities. 

Partners and Donors

  • South Orange County Community College District
  • North  Orange County Community College District
  • Rancho Santiago Community College District
  • Coast Community College District
  • African American Male Education Network & Development
  • California State University, Fullerton Division of Student Affairs
  • El Viento
  • Presidents' Round Table


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