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Research Centers

Led by world-class faculty, USC Rossier’s research centers conduct cutting-edge research in several critical areas. The work of our centers is guided by a desire to positively impact educational policy and practice at all levels.

Education Psychology Research

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Center for Human-Applied Reasoning and the Internet of Things
(CHARIOT)

Established in 2016, CHARIOT is a collaboration between USC Rossier School of Education and USC Viterbi School of Engineering to revolutionize personal learning by combining cutting-edge cognitive science and education research with emerging technologies from the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Center for Empowered Learning and Development with Technology
(CELDTECH)

Established in 2017, CELDTECH is a transdisciplinary research center that promotes equity in digital learning and development among urban populations in formal and informal contexts. CELDTECH takes an intersectional approach to the study of learning with technology and foregrounds the nexus between students’ histories, cultural assets and developmental needs.

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Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning and Education
(CANDLE)

Established in 2019, CANDLE conducts research and professional activities at the nexus of brain science and educational practice, creating a transdisciplinary conversation to guide the transformation of schools into communities that support teachers’ and students’ scholarly development, personal growth and wellbeing for the benefit of society.

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Higher Education Research

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Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice
(Social Justice)

Established in 2017, the Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice has a compelling interest in eradicating all forms of discrimination based on the intersection of an individual’s identities that include religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and disability. Using rigorous research and legal analysis, we empower educators to utilize laws and policies in order to identify and extricate bias and unequal distributions of power within educational institutions.

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Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice
(CERPP)

Established in 2007, CERPP analyzes enrollment issues through the critical perspectives of social science researchers, policymakers and college and university practitioners. As the only independent research center in the U.S. serving admissions and enrollment specialists, CERPP is committed to fostering equity in college access, admission and outcomes.

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Center for Urban Education
(CUE)

Established in 1999, CUE leads socially conscious research and develops tools needed for institutions of higher education to produce equity in student outcomes.

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Pullias Center for Higher Education

Established in 1996, Pullias is an interdisciplinary research center established to improve access and outcomes for underserved students and enhance the performance of postsecondary institutions by assessing the role of faculty, emerging organizational forms and the educational trajectories of community college students.

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The University of Southern California Race and Equity Center

Established in 2017, the Race and Equity Center is the epicenter for interdisciplinary scholarship, resources and meaningful activities on racial equity that significantly benefit the University, other institutions of higher education and the broader society.

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K-12 Education Policy Research

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Center for Engagement-Driven Global Education
(EDGE)

Established in 2018, Center EDGE fuels interdisciplinary partnerships to bring relevant, sustainable innovation to scale in the crucial area of educational engagement – the activities and techniques used to improve teaching and learning outcomes. The programs and activities fall into three broad and overlapping engagement categories, Engagement Through Arts and Entertainment, Engagement Through Science and Technology and Rapid Cycle Research, Product and Service Development/Implementation and Communications.

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Center for Engineering in Education
(CEE, pronounced “see ”)

Established in 2017, CEE is dedicated to mining the vast array of engineering techniques, ideas and practices to enhance learning across all disciplines.

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Center on Education Policy, Equity and Governance
(CEPEG)

To conduct rigorous, practice-relevant research that advances educational equity for California K-12 students – with an emphasis on greater Los Angeles – and to create partnerships that ensure education policies, practices, and governance structures are guided by evidence and careful analysis.

We recognize that stakeholders’ definitions of equity vary, both among CEPEG affiliates and in the education field more broadly. Our equity work at CEPEG is united by goals of addressing unjust social stratification and challenging oppressive educational beliefs, practices, and structures to advance academic achievement and social-emotional development across social groups (for example by race/ethnicity, gender, and social class).

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