C-REAL Projects

Current Projects
Past Projects

Current Projects

Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD)

C-REAL provides evaluation services for the AHEAD nursing project. The goal of the evaluation is to identify services that support student success in nursing. Additionally, AHEAD sponsors a Student Nurse Affiliates Program (SNAP) at La Habra High School to increase awareness and provide information about and support for professional careers in nursing. C-REAL uses both quantitative and qualitative data to gauge program success and the research team works closely with the AHEAD program leadership for continual program improvement. On-going reports provide feedback concerning students, parents, and community perceptions of program effectiveness.

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

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 and beyond. C-REAL collects quantitative and qualitative data to determine program success. On-going feedback is offered 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 in preparation for advanced study at the graduate professional level and a career in stem cell research.

Community College Bachelors Initiatives

The Community College Bachelors Initiative is a project aimed to aid California’s 15 pilot baccalaureate programs.  On September 28, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 850 (Block) authorizing the Board of Governors of California's Community Colleges (BOG), in consultation with representatives of the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC), to establish a statewide baccalaureate degree pilot program at no more than 15 California Colleges.  CREAL will study the 15 pilot programs and identify best practices in implementing and supporting baccalaureate programs in community college settings to share across the system.

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 by helping participants 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 with annual household incomes typically below the poverty line. The CSUF-HEP Project is offered to Southern California to migrant farmworkers, their spouses and children with the purpose of increasing future work related opportunities. C-REAL evaluates this program by using several different approaches in collecting data about CSUF-HEP participants and the staff that serve them to help improve the project. C-REAL will assess CSUF-HEP’s effectiveness in reaching their goals and objectives.

Early Awareness Program (EAP)

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) seeks to look at the awareness of college readiness and remediation from incoming students. Students are able to demonstrate college readiness upon arrival to California State University Fullerton utilizing one of four options available by EAP. Four options to demonstrate college readiness are looked at in order to measure the overall awareness in the program. These options include: 1) EAP exam 2) Standardized tests 3) California State University placement test 4) Early Start advisement. During the research process, CREAL helps administer and collect data with the EAP.

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. C-REAL, in collaboration with ENGAGE in STEM programs at each institution,  assesses the institutional capacities and practices that lead to the support and success of STEM disciplines for students taking STEM courses at each campus. Evaluation processes have included needs assessments, gap analysis, and formative assessment of program effectiveness. Each site has determined what is needed and evaluative studies have been conducted to meet the unique needs of each institution.

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


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

Growing Future Teachers (GIFT2)

Through CSUF's Center for Careers in Teaching, the College of Education has made training a new generation of male and Hispanic and African American teachers a priority this coming year with a program called GiFT, short for Growing Future Teachers. Through the GiFT’s mentor system, it is the center's hope that this training will give the next generation of male and Hispanic or African American teachers a support network that will keep them in their classrooms for the long haul.

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. As such, CSUF may be in a position to launch a Korean Studies Institute for both the Korean community and campus.

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

In collaboration with the Korean Studies Summit, C-REAL was asked to analyze data from this event to summarize perceptions of elements for a Korean Studies Institute at CSUF. The report summarizes the outcomes of the forum that will contribute to future exploration and direction for a Korean Studies Institute at CSUF.

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 conducts research to examine the perceptions of city community leaders relative to their role and responsibility in addressing the low levels of educational attainment and aspiration in an underserved low-income community.

Maywood Education Fair

Maywood Educational Fair

Since 2009, the graduate students of the Masters of Science in Higher Education program in coordination with C-REAL hold an annual Maywood Education Fair. The Educational Fair is our opportunity to demonstrate to students and their families the possibility of obtaining a college degree.  Workshops are held for K-12 students, adult learners, and parents focusing on topics ranging from financial aid, requirements for college admission, and issues facing undocumented students. The Fair is a celebration of community potential and student success at every age and life stage.


Men of Color Leadership Institute (MOCLI)

MMI has hosted an annual Men of Color Leadership Institute (MOCLI) since 2011. The institute consists of a rigorous three-day leadership program for students in MMI programs across the country, and focuses on the academic readiness, methods of support, as well as the personal and professional development of these men of color. The Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL) performs quantitative and qualitative analysis at the MOCLI through administrating surveys and focus groups to student attendees.  This data is used to create a summative report that provides an understanding of the effects of MOCLI and other programs that assist men of color at the community college level.

Minority Male Initiative Database

In partnership with the President’s Round Table, a national association of African American community college leaders, C-REAL is developing a blueprint for minority male success from a data-driven perspective. The purpose of this project is to support community colleges in more effectively serving minority males students by defining best practices for student success. Developing a national database for this initiative will identify and determine various factors that support the unique needs of these men. 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 and best practices to address these challenges over time for men of color attending community colleges.

National Resource Center for Asian Languages (NRCAL)


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 for this Center is to measure ways that NRCAL is supporting the improvement of teaching and learning of Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs. Specifically, the research seeks to increase understanding about students', teachers', community members', staff members' and parents' perceptions of dual-language immersion and best practices to support dual language development in schools with community partners.

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

C-REAL is engaged in the evaluation of this multi-faceted educational pipeline project. We provide the evaluation services including both formative and summative assessment to determine long and short term impact of these programs. Monitoring of program implementation, student outcomes, and enrollment and graduation at all levels of the educational experience is tracked in an effort to determine program success.

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. CSUF has partnered with a number of local entities that include: Cypress College, the Anaheim Unified High School District (AUHSD), and the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA).Other partnerships include 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 professions of communicative disorders, counseling, occupational therapy, public health, physical therapy, and social work are the focus of this project. Other professions targeted include environmental health specialists, epidemiologists, health educators, and gerontologists. 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, four-year college and graduate allied and other health profession programs.


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 Assessing Migrant and Bilingual Learners Effectively (AMABLE)

Project Assessing Migrant and Bilingual Learners Effectively (AMABLE) is designed to meet the chronic and critical shortage of fully certified school psychologists, who are specifically trained to work with English language learners and migrant students. California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), in the heart of one of the nation's largest agricultural regions with tremendous cultural and linguistic diversity, proposed to deliver a rigorous school psychology credential program to the communities, which have the greatest need. CSUMB will bring research-based, real-time applicable curriculum to school psychology credential candidates along with on-site mentoring and support. CSUMB will recruit students who are bilingual and with disabilities offering scholarships for tuition, computer technology, professional and technical support, and will offer a hybrid pathway to earn the School psychology Credential through CSUMB. The purpose of the evaluation goals is to provide an overview of the quality and effectiveness of Project AMABLE at CSUMB.

The Center for Research on Education Access and Leadership (C-REAL) at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) will assess the CSUMB Project AMABLE program as it pertains to meeting expected objectives and to provide feedback for program improvement. Quantitative and qualitative data will be collected and analyzed to assess the program's effectiveness. This project's significance is that no evaluation exists for CSUMB Project AMABLE locally or nationally. Any potential outcome of these research aides in the development of an evaluation model for CSUMB masters programs.

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 all individuals, C-REAL developed Project PERSIST (Promoting Evaluation Research Support and Institutional Staff Training). The goal of Project PERSIST is to build institutional capacity in the areas of 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 initiatives at community college in an effort to scale –up successful endeavors.

Teacher Pathway Partnership (TPP)

Teacher Pathway Partnership (TPP) targets and prepares underrepresented students for future careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. High school students from local school districts interested in strengthening their instructional science and math skills are able to participate in the 4-day Summer STEM Residential Institute at CSUF. While college students, from CSUF and surrounding community colleges, are offered enrollment in a 7-week Summer STEM Institute. These institutes help the high school and college students in preparing to become STEM teachers in education by strengthening their academic and instructional skills in science and math. The purpose of the evaluation goals is to provide an overview of the quality and effectiveness of Teacher Pathway Program at CSUF.

The Center for Research on Education Access and Leadership (C-REAL) at CSUF will assess the program to learn about high school and college students' learning and pre-service teaching experience in the Summer STEM Residential Institute and Summer STEM Institute. Additionally, the evaluation assess the institutes’ impact on students' aspiration to go to the university, complete a baccalaureate degree, and continue on to obtain a teaching credential to fulfill their aspirations to become teachers.

The Leadership Project


The Leadership Project studies educational leaders in P-23 and higher education to identify trends and current practices in effective educational leadership. Through semi-structured interviews, C-REAL and faculty from the Educational Leadership Department at CSUF interview educational leaders from 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 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 college student persistence. C-REAL served as the evaluator for the 2009 Achievement Gap Summit at CSUF and participated with the University Deliverology Committee focused on student persistence, as well as other university projects to support student engagement and success.

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Children’s Center – CSUF

C-REAL offered the CSUF Children’s Center research-based data to determine the center’s effectiveness in serving children and their families. The evaluation measured program usage and the extent to which children, family, and staff were learning and developing through the curriculum and programs offered. The center is designed to provide quality subsidized childcare and development primarily for students and offers limited spaces for children of faculty and staff. The center is directed by a team of trained childcare professionals and teachers.

Chinese Scholars Program

During both fall 2014 and spring 2016, two groups of Chinese scholars from multiple universities visited the College of Education and were hosted by C-REAL.  The visit provided an opportunity for Chinese scholars to learn the best practices in instruction, scholarly and creative activities as well as services in the American higher education system, and how our graduate education programs are designed and implemented.  Faculty and students interacted with the visiting scholars, allowing for an exchange of practices and experiences in higher education between cultures in order to gain a global perspective on higher education

Closing the Latino Achievement Gap

In an effort to unify educational leaders on topics surrounding the achievement gap, a summit was held on September 20th, 2013. The 5th annual closing the Latino Achievement Gap Summit (CLAGS) was held at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). This opportunity allowed for attendees to discuss current research and issues surrounding the existing Latino achievement gap in today’s educational system.

An evaluation of the conference was completed by C-REAL at CSUF. The purpose of the evaluation was to gain insight on participants’ satisfaction with the overall conference experience (e.g. presenters, registration process, and speakers), knowledge of the Latino achievement gap after attending the conference, and the lasting impacts of the conference. In order to understand conference components and address participant’s point of view, two surveys were created, specifically an initial survey and a follow-up survey.


Co-Teaching is a student teaching model adopted by the College of Education 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 in preparing candidates for the teaching profession.  C-REAL evaluated the pilot co-teaching model that was implemented and measured the effective of this approach to preparing teacher candidates for the profession. Teacher candidates reported a positive experience with this model, as did master teacher participants.

College Pathway Partnership

This project aimed to increase educational opportunities for students in underrepresented and low-income communities by establishing a college pathways training program. The certificate program provides needed knowledge, and skills, as well of awareness to administrators and educational leaders to understand the cultural capital in their school communities as well as offer useful information to assists students with the process of applying to college.

CSUF AB 540 Students

Research on the needs and challenges of undocumented and AB540 students was conducted to understand the perplexities of immigrant students’ lives, and examine elements of a safe and welcoming campus environment. The data collected contributed to the design and development of useful training materials for departments regarding AB540 students.  C-REAL assessed the student experiences of undocumented individuals and examined how students develop their identity and sense of belonging at the CSUF campus. The findings of this study assisted in the development of the campus resources for these populations and have resulted in a journal publication.

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El Viento

The El Viento College Success Coach Internship program was a program designed to assist El Viento college students to achieve college success.  The College Success Coach program was 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 consisted of a career mentoring program, and provides assistance to students on issues of time management, achievement, and graduation or transfer to a four-year college/university.  C-REAL provided evaluation services for interventions offered through this program.


The Expanding Math Access for All (EMA2) project at California State University Fullerton focused 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  was 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 supported the continued effort to increase the abilities of low achieving math students in the elementary school setting. Furthermore, this project supported the education of future math teachers, as well as examining reducing teacher anxiety and stress levels. This study resulted in a journal publication.

Environmental Biology Project – CSUF

The purpose of this evaluation research project was to examine the effectiveness of the UMEB – Environmental Biology Program at CSUF. Both quantitative and qualitative data was used to gauge the program’s success. Reports based on students’ responses to survey and interview prompts allowed us to provide input for program improvement based on students’ perceptions of program effectiveness and overall student development in environmental biology.

Evaluation of the California Teacher Pathway (CTP) Project

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 were nine CTP projects in this study.  Each CTP project site was formed as partnerships built among California State University (CSU) campuses, community colleges, afterschool programs, and community-based agencies. The program’s goal was to keep promising teachers and youth workers in their neighborhoods by creating a continuous career pathway leading from the community college, to a B.A. at their local CSU, to a Multiple Subject Credential, and then to teaching careers in K-8 settings.  The CTP evaluation and onsite center partnered with C-REAL to create evaluation services at each site. C-REAL houses the data and managed the database for this project.

Future Scholars Evaluation

C-REAL measured the CSUF Future Scholar program’s effectiveness, and identified best practices in programs and services.  This program is designed to help finance the first year of studies for low-income students at CSUF. Meritorious first-time freshman/first-time transfer students are supported in their transition to college.


The C-REAL iFALCON evaluation plan provided a holistic assessment of how the implementation of Habits of Mind (HOM) concepts enabled students to persist and succeed at the college level and beyond. The evaluation examined 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, used the institution’s mascot as a campaign to promote student success based on HOM. C-REAL designed survey instruments to measure participants’ academic perspectives, behaviors, and self-beliefs to gauge the program’s success in shifting the college culture. On-going feedback led to program improvement and supported the institutionalization of the iFALCON HOM model beyond the five-year grant. 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 achieve their educational and career aspirations.

Male Success Initiative

In the fall of 2014, the Vice President for Student Affairs at CSUF allocated resources to better understand the experiences of men of color at CSUF. More specifically, to understand the experiences of men of color who participate in the Male Success Initiative (MSI) program at CSUF. Historically, enrollment numbers for men of color at CSUF have been underrepresented; these numbers parallel national college enrollment figures and retention rates for men of color. In collaboration with MSI leadership and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, C-REAL conducted a needs-assessment study to understand the lived experiences of men of color at CSUF as defined by their social and academic integration at the institution, and examine how engagement in MSI impacted their academic success. Gaps in service and support for men of color were also explored.

New Student Orientation Evaluation

The CSUF New Student and Parent Programs (NSPP) in collaboration with C-REAL designed an evaluation to assess the effectiveness of various orientation programs offered at CSUF.  Specifically, the evaluation sought to get feedback from students and stakeholders to improve New Student (NSO), Transfer Student (TSO), and Student Life Orientations (SLO) at CSUF. For the purpose of this study, stakeholders were defined as college faculty, administrators, and student services representatives from across the CSUF campuses. Outcomes of the evaluation led to a redesign of the programs and innovations in orientations offered.

Next Step EDU

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). 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.

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 referred, 103 student cases have been resolved.

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) was 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.

An analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data was used for project decision-making, dissemination and sustainability initiatives. Findings resulted in reports that captured participant survey results, student performance, and assessment of program impact, reports on participant attendance, and other analyses as requested. This method of ongoing, routine data collection, and analysis was used to present reports not only to the US Department of Education, but to community stakeholders to systematically identify outcomes and utilize these findings for future funding.

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

Project C.R.E.A.T.E. (Children Reaching Excellence in the Arts and Academics Through Engagement) was 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 was 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 assessed 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 was assembled to assist in the development of an assessment to measure the national arts standards.  Outcomes were disseminated through professional development institutes and publications.

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.

South African Professionalization 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 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 a plan for further training, development, and international exchange. An outgrowth of initial assessment 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 conducted an evaluation of this program and helped guide curriculum development and future collaborations.

Southern California Ecosystem Research Program (SCERP) Evaluation CSUF

The purpose of this research project was to examine the effectiveness of the Southern California Ecosystems Research Program (SCERP) at CSUF. Both quantitative and qualitative data were used to gauge the program’s success. Reports were constructed based on students’ responses and utilized to improve program effectiveness and overall student development in environmental biology.

Southwest Community College Project

The Successful African American Male Project addressed the lack of engagement civically and academically among the African American male community at Los Angles Southwest Community College. The program addressed the needs of African American males in a community college setting, providing students with mentoring, counseling, tutoring, and civic engagement opportunities. C-REAL evaluated this project as well as conducted an assessment of student athletes and the African American Mentoring Project.

Teacher TRAC

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 evaluated this program, from high school outreach, to the community college and community partners. We created a database to study this pathway to teacher education through the award-winning Teacher TRAC program at Cerritos College.


TEST-UP (Talent Expansion in Science and Technology: An Urban Partnership) was 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 increased the numbers of students obtaining Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields.  C-REAL conducted data analysis of longitudinal data on TEST-UP in an effort to support the next generation of a grant to expand the program and services.

Undergraduate Research Oppurtunity Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is a 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. C-REAL monitored the development of URAs in areas of research skills and research ethics using a mixed-methods approach. By gathering data from survey and focus group instruments, UROP was evaluated from the perspective of students, faculty, and staff of UROP. C-REAL reported recommendations for program improvement and efficiency in effort for strengthening this 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) initiated a new project to support veteran students by assisting in their transition to the college. They also provide 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 provided the evaluation for this project and tracked student persistence over time. This study supported the next generation of services and programs offered to veteran students and their families.

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