Centers and Institutes

In addition to our five departments of academic study, the College of Education is proud to be the home of the following research institutes, centers, and support offices.

These programs have their own administrative offices, and are affiliated with the research conducted by our faculty and graduate students. Each center aims to increase the knowledge and practices of teaching and learning from multiple perspectives of education. 

Center for Applied Psychometric Research

The Center for Applied Psychometric Research is dedicated to providing cutting-edge statistical and psychometric research and evaluation services to further educational improvements at the K-12 and higher education levels and to inform educators, researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the education process.

Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)

CCCSE—a service and research initiative—assists institutions and policymakers in using information to promote improvements in student learning, persistence, and attainment by delivering “aha” moments about the student experience based on insights that matter. Since its founding in 2001, more than 70% of the nation’s community colleges have participated multiple times in a CCCSE survey.

H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports

The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports serves as a resource and research center in the fields of physical culture and sports. The Center has two main divisions: The Stark Center Library and The Center’s museum and exhibit galleries, the Joe and Betty Weider Museum of Physical Culture.

Institute for Public School Initiatives

The Institute for Public School Initiatives focuses on improving student performance from preschool through high school via strategic partnerships with UT institutions, community colleges, school districts, and state agencies.

Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk

The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk is dedicated to generating and disseminating empirically validated knowledge and practices to influence educators, researchers, policy-makers, families, and other stakeholders who are striving to reduce academic, behavioral, and social risk in all learners, particularly those with disabilities.

National Deaf Center

As deaf people leave high school and prepare for college or careers, the National Deaf Center (NDC) wants them to succeed. Our research shows that deaf people are not completing college degrees, getting jobs, or earning as much as hearing people. We’re here to change that.

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD)

NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources for community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars. For over 40 years, NISOD has aligned a wide array of benefits with the needs of our members, which explains why the American Association of Community Colleges named NISOD, “The country’s leading provider of professional development for community college faculty, staff, and administrators.”

Texas Center for Education Policy

The Texas Center for Education Policy engages in extensive research, analysis, development, and implementation of state educational policy. The center is dedicated to defining major policy issues and assessing the effectiveness of various policy-development strategies and alternatives.

Texas Center for Equity Promotion

TexCEP supports and conducts high quality applied culturally-centered research, disseminates evidence-based information, and trains future professionals regarding the nature, origins, contexts, effects, and elimination of inequalities in education and health. TexCEP focuses on populations burdened with the greatest impact of educational and health disparities as a result of adverse social and economic conditions.

The University of Texas Education Research Center (UTERC)

UTERC is a jointly established research collaborative comprised of three University of Texas System campuses (Austin, San Antonio and Pan American) and Texas State University - San Marcos. The UTTCERP reports findings on critical education issues in Texas.

Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts

The Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts provides information to educators statewide and nationally about research-based effective practices in the teaching of reading and language arts. The center aims to promote academic success for students in Texas and across the nation.