Miami University's School of Education, Health, and Society (EHS) and Ohio's Evaluation and Assessment Center for Mathematics and Science Education (E & A Center), along with nine other Ohio universities and organizations, received $3.8 million from the Ohio Department of Education to establish the Ohio Education Research Center.
The Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) is a component of Ohio’s Race to the Top Plan (RttT). The primary task of the Ohio Education Research Center will be to develop and implement a coherent P-20 education research agenda to guide educational transformation and policy in the state.
Sarah Woodruff, E & A Center director, will represent Miami on the OERC’s Research Agenda Council to consult on research design planning and activities. Ohio’s E & A Center, located in Miami’s McGuffey Hall, will lead the OERC’s evaluation of the Teach Ohio Program.
According to Woodruff, “The OERC will provide authentic opportunities for Ohio’s education researchers to influence policy and practice in Ohio schools and beyond. The collaborative development of the OERC demonstrates the commitment of Ohio’s universities to engage seriously in this work. This is a very exciting time to be an educator.”
“The interdisciplinary nature and forward thinking focus of EHS complements the goals and purpose of the OERC. One key focus of the OERC is to create a center that is sustainable and serves as a resource for all education in Ohio. The OERC will also serve as a model for other states,” said Carine Feyten, dean of the School of Education, Health and Society.
In addition to accelerating research on topics critical to the RttT initiative, the mission of the OERC is to support broader research that examines links among education, health, health care, disability, poverty, college and career trajectories, economic trends, employment profiles, and other factors related to education quality, opportunity, and educational achievement in Ohio.
Partners of the OERC include Miami, Ohio State, Ohio, Case Western Reserve and Wright State universities, University of Cincinnati, Battelle Memorial Institute, Battelle for Kids, Community Research Partners and the Strategic Research Group.