Research Areas: Education

 

 

  • Bridges to Baccalaureate - CSUS Science Transfer Project
    • The Institute for Social Research is currently conducting a program evaluation of the California State University (CSUS) Science Transfer Project (STP). The project is designed to increase participation of underrepresented minorities in biomedical sciences and research careers and includes students from American River College, Cosumnes River College, and Sacramento City College. Students are given the opportunity to participate in seminars on responsible research practices, professional skills workshops, and summer study programs. The summer sessions introduce students to scientific research techniques and allow students to conduct independent research projects with guidance from a CSUS faculty mentor. The ISR evaluation will assess the extent to which program activities impact student outcomes including transfer rates, graduation rates, student GPA, declared major, overall understanding, and post-graduation activities.
  • Bridges to Baccalaureate - SFSU
    • San Francisco State has contracted with the ISR to perform a program evaluation of Bridges to the Baccalaureate, a program funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1993. This program’s initial goal is to increase the participation and retention of underrepresented minority students at four Bay Area community colleges: the City College of San Francisco, and three San Mateo County Community College District colleges: Skyline, the College of San Mateo, and Cañada. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of underrepresented students who transfer to a four year university, majoring in a biomedical/behavioral science. Another program goal is designed to provide these students with the academic preparation, skills, and confidence to pursue an advanced degree (MS, MD, PhD). During the course of two years, students participate in many activities, such as directed and independent laboratory research, doctoral preparation workshops, and seminar series. Previous participants have gone on to successfully complete medical school and doctoral programs. Others, many with master’s degrees, can be found performing academic research or working in private company laboratories. One component of the program evaluation is to conduct and analyze surveys about the various program activities. As another component of the Bridges program evaluation, ISR will conduct an alumni survey of past participants.
  • Evaluation of the California State University-Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program
    • The Alliances for Minority Participation (AMP) program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of under-represented minority students successfully completing programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The CSU-LSAMP program was founded in 1994. In November 2003, with the initiation of Phase III of the program, California State University, Sacramento became the system coordinator for the 19 participating CSU campuses. The ISR is responsible for implementation of the project’s evaluation plan, including obtaining and analyzing student and institutional outcome measures. The ISR prepares annual progress reports for campus project coordinators and will produce a final report in October 2008 addressing the extent to which the program contributed to STEM enrollment, STEM degrees and improved individual student performance. The report will also evaluate the program’s contribution to the institutionalization of strategies and pathways that redress barriers to under-represented minority participation in STEM fields. (Website)
  • 2010-11 School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Survey (2012)
    • In order to monitor the progress of the Healthy School Act of 2000, the ISR conducted another statewide survey of California school districts for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). The goal of this project was to track the voluntary adoption of IPM policies and programs in California’s public school districts. The ISR provided analysis of data collected from district IPM coordinators, including longitudinal trends using 2004 and 2007 ISR-administered IPM surveys.
  • Evaluation of the Fast Track Math for Women Program (FTMW) at Sacramento State (CSUS) (2010)
    • As part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Research on Gender in Science and Engineering, California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) was awarded a project to create the Fast Track Math for Women (FTMW) program at CSUS. FTMW was designed as a train-the-trainer program, with the purpose of creating a core of math educators who possess the knowledge needed to implement the FTM intervention program along with the tools and awareness needed to promote gender equity in the STEM fields. The FTMW launched its pilot program during the summer of 2010. The ISR conducted a formative evaluation of the FTMW training, which included an observational evaluation of the effectiveness of the practicum and both formal and informal feedback.
  • School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Survey (2010)
    • California Department of Pesticide Regulation On behalf of the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), ISR conducted a pest management survey of all California public school districts in 2010. The purposes of the survey were to: (1) measure compliance with requirements of the Healthy Schools Act (HSA), (2) measure adoption of IPM policies, programs and practices, (3) relate demographic and geographic factors to survey responses, (4) identify barriers to IPM adoption and (5) examine changes over time relative to four previous surveys. The overall goal of this project was to track the voluntary adoption of IPM policies and programs in California’s public school districts. The ISR provided analysis of data collected from district IPM coordinators, including longitudinal trends using 2004 and 2007 ISR-administered IPM surveys.The School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program in the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) conducted a pest management survey of all California public school districts in 2010. The purposes of the survey were to: (1) measure compliance with requirements of the Healthy Schools Act (HSA), (2) measure adoption of IPM policies, programs and practices, (3) relate demographic and geographic factors to survey responses, (4) identify barriers to IPM adoption and (5) examine changes over time relative to four previous surveys.The School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program in the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) conducted a pest management survey of all California public school districts in 2010. The purposes of the survey were to: (1) measure compliance with requirements of the Healthy Schools Act (HSA), (2) measure adoption of IPM policies, programs and practices, (3) relate demographic and geographic factors to survey responses, (4) identify barriers to IPM adoption and (5) examine changes over time relative to four previous surveys. (Report)
  • First 5 California Special Needs Project (2008)
    • ISR conducted two surveys to evaluate how well First 5 California’s School Readiness (SR) program and Special Needs Project (SNP) were meeting the needs of children under the age of five years old. One survey was conducted electronically with SR programs at schools throughout the state to collect information about their preschool programs and the types of accommodations they provide for special needs children at their site. The second survey was a computer-assisted telephone survey of families served at one of the 10 SNP demonstration sites, which are facilities which provide access to early childhood developmental screening. This family survey focused on collecting information about the parent’s overall impression of the screening program and how well the program staff met the needs of both parents and children. (Report)
  • Assessment of Public Education and Outreach Programs for the Used Oil Recycling Program (2007)
    • The California Integrated Waste Management Board’s (CIWMB) Used Oil Block Grant Program provides grants to support local used oil recycling programs. More than 250 grantees from jurisdictions throughout California participate in the program each year. Public education and outreach are an important part of these programs. The ISR conducted an independent analysis of grantees’ past public education and outreach programs promoting used oil and filter recycling to Do-It-Yourself oil changers. With this information, the lSR determined which public education and strategies have been the most effective.
  • 2004 California School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Survey (2005)
    • In order to monitor the progress of the Healthy Schools Act (HSA) of 2000, the ISR conducted a statewide survey of California school districts for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. The HSA aims to reduce exposure of children to pesticides in schools through the voluntary adoption of IPM and least-toxic methods of pest control. The goal of this project was to track this voluntary adoption of IPM policies and programs in California’s schools. The ISR analyzed data collected from IPM Coordinators. (Report)