Our collective research work as a department spans both K-12 and higher education issues, and the impact of our research contributions is evident at the state and national levels. Our department is currently ranked 6th in the nation in Educational Administration and Supervision by the U.S. News & World Report. A key reason for this is the significant legacy our department has built over the decades in training educational leaders for K-12 and higher education contexts. Another important reason for our strong national reputation is thetimely and relevant research conducted by our faculty and graduate students.
Our research has a direct effect on policies and practices that support students, administrators, and leaders in P-16 educational settings. Our masters and doctoral students engage in research that is responsive to the ongoing challenges faced across educational sectors. Many of our faculty serve as experts and advisors to state legislatures, policy organizations, and educational institutions.
Our department is home to several nationally recognized research centers and grant-funded initiatives. Some are focused on community college student engagement, others on improving teaching and learning for higher education faculty, and others on promoting the success of unique populations of students or other educational stakeholders. By focusing on issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and leadership, this collective research work examines the factors that promote access, retention, engagement, completion, and success of all stakeholders in education. Here is more information on our current research centers and initiatives.