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Research / Outreach Units

Behavioral Research and Teaching

Behavioral Research and Teaching (BRT) conducts research and development in student academic assessment to support the development of effective educational programs for all students. BRT concentrates on access to learning so that appropriate and accurate information can be collected from all students to improve decision-making for their educational programs.

Center for Educational Policy Research

The Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR) strives to increase the number of Oregon high school students that enter credit-bearing courses at postsecondary institutions with no need for remediation. CEPR works with Oregon's educators, school districts, higher education administrators, and policy makers to research current systems, to develop realistic programs, and to offer suggestions and training to achieve this goal.

Center for Equity Promotion

The Center for Equity Promotion (CEQP) is dedicated to working with communities to better understand and support the positive development of children and families, particularly those who are underserved by education, health, and social service systems. CEQP focuses on populations with the greatest burden in terms of health and education disparities related to adverse social and economic conditions. The Center’s research informs culturally-specific prevention science, intervention, and policy efforts that build on community strengths.

Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect

The Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect (CPAN) was established in 2012 and serves as a convening body of Lane County, Oregon agencies. The purpose of CPAN is to draw on best practices in prevention, intervention and community-based coordination in order to design, coordinate, facilitate, and measure a community-campus collective initiative focused on violence prevention. It has as its initial priority, reducing child abuse and neglect in Lane County by 90% by the year 2030.

Center on Human Development

The Center on Human Development is part of a national network of sixty-one University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The center's nine units support, assist, and empower people with disabilities and their families in ways that enhance their quality of life. Funds from the annual core grant are administered for these units to support the center's priorities: (1) the interdisciplinary training of professionals; (2) the development of exemplary services and proven models of intervention; (3)technical assistance and dissemination of best practices and knowledge about innovations; (4) applied research and evaluation.

Center on Teaching and Learning

The Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL) is committed to conducting research on the design, delivery and efficacy of curriculum (e.g., what teachers use to teach reading, math and science programs and materials), instruction (e.g., how teachers teach reading and math, and science content and skills), and assessment (e.g., how teachers, schools and school districts assess student academic performance) as individual elements used in schools, especially in the primary, elementary and middle school grades.

Early Childhood CARES

Early Childhood CARES provides early intervention and early childhood special education services to infants, toddlers, and preschool children in Lane County, Oregon. Each year it serves over 1600 children who have developmental delays or disabilities. Established in 1992 as an outreach unit in the College of Education, Early Childhood CARES is funded by the Oregon Department of Education with state and federal dollars.

Early Intervention Research

Faculty and staff members, training efforts, and products of the Early Intervention Program have had a major impact on the field of early intervention, early childhood special education, and early childhood education. The program’s goal is to expand and improve educational and therapeutic services for infants and young children who are at risk and disabled and for their families. Underlying this purpose is the assumption that improving and expanding services that help children become independent and productive benefits not only the individual but society as a whole.

Educational and Community Supports

Research within Educational and Community Supports (ECS) focuses on the development and implementation of practices that result in positive, durable and empirically verified change in the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. Federal and state funded projects support research, teaching, dissemination and technical assistance activities. Research workgroups within ECS currently focus on positive behavior support, inclusive schools, and transition from school to adulthood.

Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior

The mission of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior (IVBD) is to empower schools and social service agencies to address violence and destructive behavior at the point of school entry and beyond. The goal is to ensure safety and facilitate the academic achievement and healthy social development of children and youth. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education authorized IVBD as an Oregon University System Center of Excellence in 1995.

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