Research Centers & Institutes
The Black Male Institute (BMI) is a cadre of scholars, practitioners, community members, and policy makers dedicated to improving the educational experiences and life chances of Black males. We consider educational settings to be critical spaces for developing informed action to address Black male persistence in schooling; we also recognize that the challenges that impact the academic success of Black males are manifold – be they economic, social, legal, or health related.
The Center for Global Education promotes international education to foster cross-cultural awareness, cooperation, and understanding. The Center collaborates with colleges, universities, and other organizations around the world to create new and enhance existing study abroad programs, integrate an international and intercultural perspective into the US educational system, increase the ethnic diversity of participants in study abroad and provide resources to support their participation. (Watch video)
The Center for Improving Child Care Quality (CICCQ) conducts high-quality, policy-relevant research, with a focus on improving the early care and education environments of young children. Utilizing expertise in the areas of child development, professional development, child care quality, attachment, and observational and survey research methodology, CICCQ conducts basic, applied, and policy-driven research at the local, state, and national levels.
The Center for Information as Evidence (CIE) serves as an interdisciplinary forum addressing the ways in which information objects and systems are created, used, and preserved as legal, administrative, scientific, social, cultural and historical evidence. CIE is committed to incorporating perspectives from ethnic communities from around the world in order to sustain the diversity within indigenous cultural heritages and broaden methods of information analysis and conservation.
The Center for International and Development Education (CIDE) is a research and action center whose mission is to enhance educational capacity, facilitate human and economic development, and promote cross-cultural exchanges related to international and development education. This is accomplished through publications, research programs, practical initiatives, and networks with existing development and academic institutions.
The Center for the Study of Evaluation/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CSE/CRESST) is devoted to educational research, development, training, and dissemination. CSE/CRESST provides leadership to the field in these areas by creating new methodologies for evaluating educational quality, creating new designs for assessing student learning, promoting the sound use of assessment data, setting the national research agenda, and influencing practice.
Center X, where research and practice intersect for urban school professionals, is dedicated to dramatically changing schooling for the underserved students of Los Angeles. It provides a unique setting where researchers and practitioners collaborate to design and conduct programs that prepare and support K-12 teachers and administrators committed to social justice, instructional excellence, the integration of research and practice, and caring in low-income urban schools.
The mission of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP) is to create a new generation of research in social science and law on the critical issues of civil rights and equal opportunity for racial and ethnic groups in the United States. It has commissioned more than 400 studies, published 13 books, been cited in major Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action, and issued numerous reports from authors at universities and research centers across the country.
CONNECT links nationally recognized researchers with teachers and administrators at UCLA Lab School and public schools in Southern California to investigate central issues in education. Programs examine children's learning and development from preschool to sixth grade; investigate teaching diverse student populations; encourage exchanges among scholars, practitioners, and policymakers concerned with child development and school reform; and disseminate effective educational approaches and research.
The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) conducts research, evaluation, information, policy studies, and research training in postsecondary education. HERI's research program includes the outcomes of postsecondary education, leadership development, institutional transformation, faculty performance, federal and state policy, and educational equity, and houses the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), the largest ongoing national study of college students in the US.
The Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) seeks to understand and challenge pervasive racial and social class inequalities in education. In addition to conducting research and policy analysis, IDEA supports educators, public officials, advocates, community activists, and young people as they design, conduct, and use research to make high-quality public schools and successful college participation routine occurrences in all communities.
The Institute for Immigrant Children & Youth is devoted to the scholarly study of immigration with a focus on families, children, adolescents, and emerging adults. Through research, publications and media outreach, in collaboration with colleagues across UCLA, and other major national and international immigration research centers, we endeavor to enhance the scholarly understanding of one of the most pervasive and complex issues of our times.
The Paulo Freire Institute (PFI) seeks to gather scholars and critics of Freire's pedagogy in permanent dialogue to foster the advancement of new pedagogical theories and concrete interventions in the real world. PFI brings together research, teaching, and technology while concentrating on five major areas: globalization and education, teacher education, comparative perspectives on Latin American education, the politics of education, and Paulo Freire's political philosophy and critical pedagogy.
Established in 2002, the Sudikoff Family Institute for Education & New Media utilizes the popular press and other media to convey the work of GSE&IS faculty to policy makers, educators, and the general public. Selected from the GSE&IS faculty, Sudikoff Fellows enhance awareness of critical issues related to education and information studies by contributing to a variety of media that reach a lay audience, or serve the public interest in some manner.
The University of California All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (UC ACCORD) is a multi-campus research unit that conducts and disseminates research devoted to a more equitable distribution of educational resources and opportunities in California's public schools and universities. UC ACCORD leverages the research capacity of the UC system to influence policy and practice to produce more positive educational outcomes for low-income and under-represented students.