C-REAL Projects

Current Projects
Past Projects

Current Projects

Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD)

AHEAD Program

C-REAL conducts an evaluation on the AHEAD Nursing Program to examine and improve its effectiveness based on its evaluation. The AHEAD Nursing Program is a 3-year project that involves at least 150 CSU-Fullerton nursing students and 120 La Habra High School (LHHS) students and their parents in community work with La Habra City leaders to improve the La Habra community to address three priority issues: childhood obesity, teenage pregnancy, and post-high school employment and education. C-REAL uses both quantitative and qualitative data to gauge the program’s success according to objectives set by the AHEAD Program leadership. Continual reports are constructed based on students’ and parents’ responses. Additionally, AHEAD sponsors a Student Nurse Affiliates Program (SNAP) at LHHS to increase information about and support for professional careers in nursing.

California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Bridges to Stem Cell Research

The purpose of the CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research evaluation is to provide a formative and summative evaluation of the effectiveness of the Stem Cell Research program and help the leadership team to increase student success at California State University, Fullerton. C-REAL will collect quantitative and qualitative data to gauge the program’s success according objectives set by the program’s leadership. Feedback will also be constructed for program improvement. The Stem Cell Training Program provides an excellent opportunity for student participants to gain advanced skills at the baccalaureate level and interact with stem cell researchers.

Community College Bachelors Initiatives

CSUF High School Equivalency Program (HEP)

The California State University, Fullerton - High School Equivalency Program (CSUF-HEP) focuses on providing educational support to Hispanic migrant farm working families in Southern California [particularly Orange County and its vicinity] by helping them attain a GED. The goal of the GED is set with the intent for participants to improve their employment skills thereafter either by enrolling into postsecondary education, transitioning into a career track position, or serving in the military. In an agricultural industry which generates over $9 billion per year, Hispanic farmworkers make up 96% of the state’s agricultural workforce; however, Hispanic farmworkers are the poorest racial demographic in where their annual household income is below the poverty line. As migrant farmworkers struggle to earn a low income on a 14-hour work day, they and their families face considerable challenges as their education and health is exploited from constant uproot (following seasonal crops to earn a consistent living), exposure to pesticides and emotional distress. Due to the constant interruption in their education, children of farmworkers lack proficiency in math, the English language and reading as over “50% of farm working migrant children do not graduate from high school.” The CSUF-HEP Project is offered in Southern California to migrant farmworkers, their spouses and children with the purpose of increasing future work related opportunities through furthering their education.

CSUF-HEP targets farm working families to help transition Hispanic migrant students to re-enter the classroom as adult learners and retain them until they earn their GED. The CSUF-HEP goals are to recruit eligible students of migrant and seasonal backgrounds who meet the eligibility criteria and provide them with a high quality GED instruction program. Students will receive academic, social, and cultural support as well as, be given an effective transition-to-college component. CSUF-HEP will also render appropriate professional development training for staff and volunteers.

The Center for Research and Educational Access Leadership (C-REAL) has partnered up with CSUF-HEP to evaluate this program by using several different approaches in collecting data about CSUF-HEP participants to help further determine need based resources [improvements] as the project evolves. C-REAL will assess CSUF-HEP’s effectiveness in reaching their goals and objectives in order to stay in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education.

Encouraging New Graduates and Gaining Expertise in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (ENGAGE in STEM)

The purpose of this project is to provide an overview of the quality and effectiveness of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) departments at Santa Ana College, Fullerton College, and California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). The Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL) at CSUF in collaboration with ENGAGE in STEM programs at each institution, will assess the institutional capacities and practices that lead to the support and success of STEMdisciplines for students taking STEM courses at each respective campus. Quantitative and qualitative data will be collected and analyzed to assess program effectiveness specific to ENGAGE in STEM.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

GEAR-UP (Gaining Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is an educational development program that prepares low-income students for postsecondary education and supports the building of a college going culture in middle and high schools. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and is housed in the Educational Partnerships Office and the Anaheim Unified School District. C-REAL provides a holistic  evaluation of this program using multiple methods of data collection that engage students, parents, teachers, and community partners in measuring program effectiveness and identifying best practices in partnerships, leadership, and student response to instruction. In addition, C-REAL is building a longitudinal database to track students from middle school through college.

Korean Summit Evaluation

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is uniquely located in a diverse region, particularly in regards to the Korean population. Nationwide, Orange County is the second largest home to Korean Americans, and the city of Fullerton is the fifth largest home of Korean Americans. In addition to location, the university population is also uniquely diverse; with nearly 39,000 enrolled students in fall 2015, 21% of the student population was of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. In such, CSUF is in a position to launch a Korean Studies Institute for both the Korean community and campus.

Because of the large amount of technology and businesses that comes from Korea in the modern world, it is important to understand Korean culture in-depth and its influences in modern society. Thus, numerous of Korean Studies Institutes have been established in Southern California to achieve this goal. In order to bring Korea to both Americans and Koreans and to help them understand each other’s country, the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California (USC) provides students study abroad opportunities to Korea, holds Korea-related seminars and chuseok(Korean harvest festival) events, as well as provides a teacher training program to American K-12 teachers in effective teaching methods on Korea. California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) is home to a similar institute: the Center for Korean American and Korean Studies. It not only serves as a cultural resource center for the community and sponsors seminars and symposium, but the center also conducts research and publishes findings on Korea and the Korean-American community. The University of Los Angeles (UCLA) is home to the Center for Korean Studies, which provides the community with news on Korean issues, offer study abroad opportunities to Korea and fellowships and scholarships to students studying Korean, and holds panels and lectures on Korean culture and current issues in both English and Korean. Lastly, the city of Irvine houses a community center called the Orange County Korean Cultural Center that hosts annual music competition, and has also held cultural festivals and Korean language classes in the past. Although the city of Fullerton is home to a distinguished number of Koreans, there is no institute in the vicinity that can help contribute to the greater understanding of Korea, its culture, and its impact on the world.

On December 4, 2015, a summit was held at CSUF as not only a means of promoting a greater understanding of Korean culture, but to also envision a Korean Studies Institute at CSUF. Funded by the Korea Foundation, the summit brought together faculty, students, community members and leaders, and business leaders to participate in a forum about Korea. Speakers and panelists explored the topics of the Korean history, Korean culture, and the Korean American population. Roundtable discussions were also held and covered various topics in-depth, such as arts and music, education and youth, business and economic development, and health and mental health. The goal of the summit was to bring together faculty and students throughout the university, community members, and business and community leaders to envision a Korean Studies Institute at CSUF and build ideas on achieving this goal.

In collaboration with the Korean Studies Summit, the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL) collected data from the roundtable discussions in order to explore different perceptions of the elements of a Korean Studies Institute at CSUF. The report addresses the following concerns: 1) the themes of the roundtable discussions, 2) challenges to building a Korean Studies Institute, 3) support for a Korean Studies Institute, 4) components and elements of a Korean Studies Institute, and 5) recommendations for the future of the Korean Studies Institute.


Maywood Project

The City of Maywood College Fair is designed to promote higher education awareness, knowledge, and resources to the residence of Maywood and the surrounding community in order to encourage a college going culture among students and their families. As part of the annual City of Maywood College Fair, C-REAL will conduct research to examine the perceptions of community leaders in the city of Maywood and study their perceptions of their role and responsibility in addressing the low levels of educational attainment and aspiration in an underserved low income area.

Maywood Educational Fair

The graduate students of the Masters of Science in Higher Education program in coordination with C-REAL will hold the 6th Annual Maywood Educational Fair on October 18, 2014.

The Educational Fair is our opportunity to demonstrate to students and their families how obtaining a college degree is possible.  Workshops will be held for K-12 students, adult learners, and parents focusing on interventions ranging from financial aid, requirements for college, and issues facing undocumented students.

Minority Male Initiative Database

The strategy C-REAL proposes to devise will assist community colleges in more effectively serving minority males students by defining best practices and developing a national database for the Minority Male Initiative.  By defining best practices, scholars, practioners, and other academic professionals can determine various elements to implement on their respective campuses to work toward serving their minority male students.  In addition, it is vital to consider outcomes for the determined best practices as well as think critically about the institutional responses to such practices.

With regard to the Minority Male Initiative database, there are three phases to this project: 1) develop a data repository for minority males at community colleges, 2) develop a high school repository, and 3) develop a middle school tracking system.  These robust datasets will serve as the basis for informing the Presidents’ Round Table and other interested parties about the academic challenges of minority males at community colleges.

National Resource Center for Asian Languages (NRCAL)

Dual language immersion programs provide a rich environment for students to acquire a second language and for heritage learners it is provides an opportunity for them to master the academic language of their mother tongue while preserving their heritage. Instruction in dual immersion programs is typically divided between two languages --English and a second language. There is a growing demand for dual language immersion programs, especially from communities with a large concentration of heritage learners, and the Vietnamese communities are no exception. The purpose of the evaluation plan is to improve the teaching and learning of Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program supported by the National Resource Center for Asian Languages (NRCAL). Specifically, the research seeks to increase understanding about students', teachers', community members', staff members' and parents' perceptions of dual-language immersion.

North Orange County Allied and other Health Careers Opportunity Program (NOCA HCOP)

The North Orange County Allied and other Health Careers Opportunity Program (NOCA HCOP) represents a comprehensive approach to diversifying the allied and other health professions for Latino, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian students in north Orange County. The proposal requests statutory funding preference as a Comprehensive Approach, and brings together existing strong partnerships led by the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) with Cypress College (CC) which is one of CSUF’s feeder community colleges, the Anaheim Unified High School District (AUHSD) with serves more than 32,000 disadvantaged students, the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) which is a nonprofit community-based organization serving youth from all three racial/ethnic groups, and multiple post-baccalaureate allied and other health profession programs and schools (at CSUF, Western University of Health Sciences, California State University, Dominguez Hills, and the University of California, Irvine).

The NOCA HCOP aims to increase the pipeline of disadvantaged Latinos, Pacific Islanders (including Native Hawaiian, Samoan and Chamorro) and Southeast Asians (particularly Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong and Lao) into the professions of communicative disorders, counseling, occupational therapy, public health (including environmental health specialists, epidemiologists, health educators, and gerontologists), physical therapy, and social work. This multifaceted effort is specifically designed to increase retention and graduation of these diverse underserved students across the educational continuum, from high school and community college into four year college and graduate allied and other health profession programs.

Existing successful programs form the foundation of NOCA HCOP, including CSUF’s institutional mission and student success centers and initiatives; the CSUF-CC Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM2) pipeline; and the CSUF-OCAPICA-AUHSD Healthy Asian and Pacific Islander Youth Education Program (HAPI-YEP). Together with proposed new programs, including establishment of a new Allied/Other Health Professions Office, NOCA HCOP is poised to promote allied and other health profession career development across all partners leading to the institutionalization of curricular, advisement, social/mental/cultural development and professional preparation services. Ultimately, the NOCA HCOP will promote success for 450 Latino, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asians (150 students from each level: high school, community college, and four-year college) into the allied/other health professions, and aims to become a model pipeline program for our 22 sister California State University campuses and other minority-serving institutions around the country.


President’s Roundtable Database

At the request of the Presidents’ Roundtable, the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership at California State University, Fullerton proposes the following plan to assist in the creation of a national database for the Minority Male Initiative (MMI) in partnership with the Coastline Community College District.

There are three phases to this project:

1) develop a data repository for minority males at community colleges, 2) develop a high school repository, and 3) develop a middle school tracking system.

These robust datasets will serve as the basis for informing the Presidents Roundtable and other interested parties about the academic challenges of minority males at community colleges.

Project Promoting Evaluation Research Support and Institutional Staff Training (PERSIST)

In an effort to promote data driven decisions for programs that were created to foster success among minority males, the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL) developed Project PERSIST (Promoting Evaluation Research Support and Institutional Staff Training). The goal of Project PERSIST is to build community college institutional capacity in the areas of minority male program assessment and evaluation among professionals in community colleges. Specifically, this pilot project aligns itself with the goals of establishing educational partnerships between different educational institutions to promote college-level readiness among community college students. By providing training in evaluation research, C-REAL aspires to identify the best practices among these minority male initiatives at community college.

The Leadership Project

The Leadership Project is an effort to build educational partnerships within Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Through C-REAL, CSUF faculty are meeting with educational leaders in the local universities, community colleges, and school districts to determine current issues and challenges in education. A main focus of C-REAL is to address local problems and conduct solution-focused research. The Leadership Project is currently in its first phase; findings from this project will help set our research agenda.

Past Projects

Addressing the Achievement Gap

The College of Education is committed to exploring the achievement gap and implications for research, training, and practice.  C-REAL examines challenges in student achievement, such as teacher quality, school climate, educational leadership, and research on college student persistence. C-REAL will measure program effectiveness for Cerritos College as they challenge the achievement gap by instituting a comprehensive cultural shift at the college through a federally funded program known as iFALCON.

This faculty-driven intervention targets student achievement through the practice of the Habits of Mind and student engagement.  In addition, C-REAL served as the evaluator for the 2009 Achievement Gap Summit at CSUF and participates with the University Deliverology Committee focused on student persistence.

The C-REAL iFALCON evaluation plan provides a holistic assessment of how the implementation of Habits of Mind (HOM) concepts enables students to persist and succeed at the college level and beyond. The evaluation examines perspectives of students and faculty at Cerritos Community College in Los Angeles County, California, which is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Based on the concept of HOM, a federally funded intervention program, iFALCON, uses survey instruments to measure participants’ academic perspectives, behaviors, and self-beliefs.  C-REAL collects quantitative and qualitative data to gauge the program’s success according to objectives set by the program’s leadership. Feedback will also be constructed for future program improvements and institutionalization of the iFALCON model. This model can be used as an example of institutional responsiveness to student engagement and academic support for underserved college student populations. Additionally, the iFALCON initiative provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to advance to further forms of education.

Children’s Center – CSUF

C-REAL offers the CSUF Children’s Center research-based resources to determine its effectiveness through the implementation of an evaluation to determine program usage and the extent to which children, family, and staff are learning and developing through the curriculum and programs offered. The Center is designed to provide quality subsidized child care and development primarily for students and limited spaces for faculty and staff children; it is directed by a team of trained child care professionals and teachers.

Chinese Scholars Program

During the fall 2014 semester, two groups of Chinese scholars from multiple universities will be visiting the College of Education.  The purpose of the visit is for Chinese scholars to learn the best practices in instruction, scholarly and creative activities, and services in the American higher education system.  Faculty and students will interact with the Chinese visiting scholars. During the visit, we will exchange practices and experiences in higher education between cultures in order to gain a global perspective on higher education. This academic partnership will be a fruitful experience for the visiting scholars and the College of Education.


Co-Teaching is a new student teaching model for elementary, middle, high school and P-12 districts.  The model emphasizes one on one instruction, small group instruction, parallel teaching, differentiated instructions, and alternative approaches.  Co-Teaching enhances learning opportunity for students due to having two teachers in the classroom.

C-REAL will provide evaluation services to examine the co-teaching model as an effective approach to preparing teacher candidates for the profession.

Evaluation Goals

  • To identify the benefits, if any, of implementing the co-teaching program for teacher candidates/cooperating teachers at CSUF for all immediate stakeholders.
  • To determine how teacher candidates/cooperating teachers describe their experiences with the co-teaching training model
  • To determine how the teacher candidates/cooperating teachers perceive the co-teaching model considering initial and ongoing expectations
  • To determine how teacher candidates/cooperating teachers describe their experiences with the implementation of the co-teaching model/program.
  • To determine if the co-teaching strategies were utilized by the teacher candidates/ cooperating teachers.

College Pathway Partnership

The purpose of this project is to increase educational opportunities to student who reside in underrepresented and low-income communities by establishing a college pathways training program. The certificate program will provide needed knowledge, skills, and awareness to administrators and educational leaders to understand the cultural capital of underrepresented communities as well as offer useful information to assists students with the process of applying to college.

CSUF AB 540 Students

Further research is needed to explore the needs and challenges of undocumented and AB540 students, understand the perplexities of immigrant students’ lives, and create a safe and welcoming campus environment. The data collected will contribute to the design and development of useful training materials for departments regarding AB540 students.  C-REAL will assess the student experiences of undocumented individuals from their perspective and viewpoint as well as how students develop their identity and sense of belonging at the CSUF campus.

El Viento

The El Viento College Success Coach Internship program is a program that will be designed to assist El Viento college students to achieve college success.  The College Success Coach program will be responsible for a variety of services related to student affairs including tracking students’ academic records, tracking if students are meeting the El Viento scholarship requirements, and linking students to various resource on campus that serve their needs.  The program will also consist of a career mentoring program, and provide assistant to students on issues of time management, achievement, and graduation or transfer to a four year university.  C-REAL will provide evaluation services for interventions offered through this program.


The Expanding Math Access for All (EMA2) project at California State University Fullerton focuses on supporting pre-service teachers in mathematics teaching by involving them in a hands-on after-school tutoring program for fifth and sixth graders.

The purpose of C-REAL’s evaluation of EMA2  is to measure the effectiveness of this pre-service teacher intervention program which aims to 1) increase the math abilities of underperforming elementary school children; and, 2) strengthen the education of pre-service math teachers to include their ability to assess students and reduce teacher stress and anxiety. This research is significant because it will allow for the collection of quantitative and qualitative data to determine the effectiveness of the program’s goals and objectives.  In addition, this project supports the continued effort to increase the abilities of low achieving math students in the elementary school setting. Furthermore, this project supports the education of future math teachers, as well as researching ways of reducing teacher anxiety and stress levels.

Environmental Biology Project – CSUF

The purpose of this research project is to examine the effectiveness of the UMEB – Environmental Biology Program at CSU-Fullerton. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be used to gauge the program’s success according to objectives set by the program’s leadership. Reports will also be constructed based on students’ responses. This will be utilized in order to improve the program’s effectiveness and overall student development in environmental biology.

Evaluation of the CTP Project

California State University (CSU) has a significant interest in strengthening K-12 education in California and has been the state’s leading entity preparing school administrators for many years.  One of these career pathways programs is the California Teacher Pathway (CTP) project.  There are currently nine CTP projects.  Each CTP project site has been formed as partnerships built among California State University (CSU) campuses, community colleges, afterschool programs, and community-based agencies. The program’s goal is to keep promising teachers and youth workers in their neighborhoods by creating a continuous career pathway leading from the community college, to a BA at their local CSU, to a Multiple Subject Credential, and then to teaching careers in K-8 settings.  The CTP evaluation and onsite Center has partnered with C-REAL at CSU Fullerton to create evaluation services at each site. C-REAL will serve as a housing base for all data collected and manage data in the system.

Future Scholars Evaluation

The Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL) will measure the Future Scholar program’s effectiveness.  The CSU Scholarship Program for Future Scholars at California State University, Fullerton, is designed to help finance the first year of studies at CSUF. The Program awards up to fifty $1000 scholarships to first-time freshman/first-time transfer students and is designed to facilitate the transition to college for meritorious students who are disadvantaged due to their economic, environmental, or educational background. The CSU Scholarship Program for Future Scholars honors students who demonstrate strong academic skills and achievements, service to school and home communities, and strength of character.

Next Step EDU

On April 27, 2015, 30 Corinthian College locations closed displacing approximately 16,000 students following a $30 million dollar fine from the U.S. Department of Education. NextStepsEDU is a web-based service created through a national coalition of professional volunteers to assist displaced students in developing next steps toward continuing their educational journey by connecting students with the appropriate volunteer advisors (academic, financial-aid, and legal counsel). The Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL), the Department of Educational Leadership at Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Long Beach have teamed up with the U.S. Department of Education, Beyond 12 (a national nonprofit organization), and various financial aid professional associations to form NextStepsEDU. NextStepsEDU is a service created for displaced students from the Corinthian Colleges and aims to assist them in developing the next step toward continuing their educational journey.

On June 8, 2015, the launch of NextStepsEDU was followed by a press release made by the U.S. Department of Education. As of August 27, 2015 there have been 1,089 students affected by the Corinthian College closure that have requested for advisement through the NextStepsEDU website. Of the 1,089 students, 121 have specifically requested college advisement. Students seeking college advisement were helped by 23 volunteers from Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Long Beach. The volunteers are current graduate students, doctoral students, or alumni from the Educational Leadership programs. C-REAL trained 18 volunteers from Cal State Fullerton to assist in the months of June and July, and 5 volunteers from Cal State Long Beach to assist in the month of August. Of the 121 students, 103 student cases have been resolved and 18 still remain open with assigned volunteer advisors.

North Orange County Community College District

Professional Development workshop series for community college staff with the NOCCCD is designed to take ten to twenty district employees through a two-year professional development experience focused on the role, function, and evolution of the community college in California and how each division and community member contributes to the success of NOCCCD institutions and students. In line with the mission of the North Orange County Community College District, “to serve and enrich our communities and inspire life-long learning by providing education that is exemplary, relevant, and accessible,” this professional development program is proposed.

NSF Grant- Studying undergraduate experience in Computer Science and Engineering

In an effort to increase the number and diversity of student pursuing education and careers in computer science and engineering, university departments nationwide are looking for a way to revise their curricula to attract more students, particularly women, to computing fields. The central objective of the study is to investigate how undergraduate experiences in CSE departments shape undergraduate women’s educational and vocational trajectories.

Project ASPEN

Project ASPEN (After School Program Educational Network) is designed to create a well-defined career pathway for after school staff members to pursue their education at community college, the four year university, or through a credential program. The program will establish collaborative partnerships between community colleges, CSUF, and organizations that currently provide after school programs and workforce opportunities. C-REAL will provide evaluation services for interventions offered through this program.

Analyses of both quantitative and qualitative data will be used for project decision-making, dissemination and sustainability initiatives.  Findings will result in reports that capture the following types of information: participant survey results, student performance, and assessment of program impact, reports on participant attendance, and other custom analyses as requested. This method of ongoing, routine data collection and analysis will be used to present reports not only to the US Department of Education, but to community stakeholders to systematically identify outcomes and  utilize these findings encourage additional funding for the following program year.

Project C.R.E.A.T.E.

Project C.R.E.A.T.E. (Children Reaching Excellence in the Arts and Academics Through Engagement) is a collaborative effort between the Schools First Center for Creativity and Critical Thinking in partnership with the Fullerton School District and C-REAL. The purpose of this federally funded project is to infuse elementary school curricula with the arts and measure the impact on student achievement in other school subjects such as math and reading. Through an experimental design and program evaluation, C-REAL will assess the project outcomes to determine the influence of art programs on student achievement, motivation, and self-perception as learners over a four year period. Additionally, a Think Tank of experts will be assembled to assist in the development of an assessment to measure the national arts standards.  Outcomes will be disseminated through an arts symposium, professional development institutes, and publications. For more information regarding project C.R.E.A.T.E click the following link www.project-create.org


Southern California Ecosystem Research Program (SCERP) Evaluation CSUF

The purpose of this research project is to examine the effectiveness of the Southern California Ecosystems Research Program (SCERP) at CSU-Fullerton. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be used to gauge the program’s success according to objectives set by the program’s leadership. Reports will also be constructed based on students’ responses. This will be utilized in order to improve the program’s effectiveness and overall student development in environmental biology.

Southwest Community College Project

The Successful African American Male Project addresses the lack of engagement civically and academically among the African American male community at Los Angles Southwest Community College. The program addresses the needs of African American males in a community college setting. Providing students that participate in the program with mentoring, counseling, tutoring, and civic engagement opportunities that will help them get acclimated to the collegiate setting. This project will expand to include an assessment of student athletes at Southwest as well as a focus on mentoring with the African American Mentoring Project.


TEST-UP (Talent Expansion in Science and Technology: An Urban Partnership) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project that includes California State University Fullerton (CSUF), Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) and Santa Ana College (SAC). Initiated in 2008, TEST-UP focuses on increasing the number of STEM transfer students to four-year institutions and to increasing the numbers of students obtaining Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields.  C-REAL will be involved with data analysis of TEST-UP as part of an evaluation of the project.


Career Technical Education (CTE) is a program that offers a sequence of courses directly related to preparing students for teaching in current or emerging occupations. CTE prepares students for good-paying, high skilled 21st century jobs; provides real-world, hands-on learning; ensures California has skilled and educated workers to keep the economy strong; and reduces the drop-out rate by making school more relevant and keeping students engaged in school. C-REAL evaluates the program, from high school outreach, to the community college and community partners. We are creating a database to study this pathway to teacher education through the award-winning Teacher TRAC program at Cerritos College.

Undergraduate Research Oppurtunity Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is a one-year program that offers first and second-year undergraduates at California State University, Long Beach the opportunity to participate in a faculty sponsor’s research and creative process. Students must apply for the program, and once admitted to the program, they meet with a UROP advisor. After advisement, students search for a research project of interest from a list of UROP faculty sponsors. Undergraduate Research Assistants (URAs) interview with their faculty sponsor to be accepted into a research project. During the fall semester, students enroll in a one-unit research seminar that teaches URAs research methods, research ethics, and other essential research skills. URAs assist their faculty sponsor with the process of research in the laboratory setting. During the spring semester, URAs enroll in an advanced research seminar that focuses on supporting successful research placements, career exploration, major preparation and success. Faculty sponsors present their research with the assistance of their URAs at the CSULB Undergraduate Research Symposium. C-REAL monitors the development of URAs in areas of research skills and research ethics using a mixed-methods approach. By gathering qualitative and quantitative data from survey and focus group instruments, UROP is evaluated through the perceptions of stakeholders. Students, faculty, and staff of UROP participated in the evaluation. C-REAL reported recommendations for program improvement and efficiency in effort of strengthening the vital opportunity for undergraduates to conduct research.

Veterans Project – CSUF

Through a federally funded project, the CSUF Center for Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS) is initiating a new project to support veteran students by assisting in their transition to the college, and providing academic, financial, emotional, and social support in an effort to increase the enrollment, persistence, and  the four-year graduation rates of veteran students. C-REAL will provide the evaluation for this project and track student persistence over time.

On November 9th 2012,in honoring the student veterans on campus, CREAL participated in the grand opening of the new Veteran Student Services (VSS) office and study space.  This new space will allow the VSS to provide academic, professional, and personal resources to student veterans.  Student veterans now have a space to connect with each other.


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