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Tip Sheet Education Stories at UCR

Tip Sheet Education Stories at UCR

(December 7, 1998)

EDITORS: Education is commanding perhaps unprecedented attention in California, with voters recently approving a record $9.2 billion education bond and with both the out-going and in-coming governors making the issue a top priority in their administrations. Opinion polls are increasingly citing education as the top issue of concern among the public.

In addition to educational reforms underway in schools, colleges and universities are becoming more involved with schools?working together with educators, parents and administrators to help more young people prepare for college and compete in an economy that demands higher skills. UCR has a long-time commitment of outreach to the regional school system, through direct mentorship and tutorial activities, continuing education for teachers, and research targeted to the needs of local schools.

Educational reform is a complex issue, involving curricular and school policy, classroom practice and student preparation. UCR faculty and administrators involved in outreach activities and research can serve as sources in future coverage of this important issue. Following are just a few of examples of the campus? programs in local schools:

  • The Alpha Center (Academy of Learning through Partnerships for Higher Achievement) was created in September to expand UCR’s academic outreach and partnering activities and to identify new opportunities for engagement with local schools. Among the center’s major activities will be directing school-university partnerships to provide intensive services to at-risk students, professional development for teachers in language arts and mathematics, and initiatives to better align school curriculum with UCR undergraduate curriculum.
  • Project Athena provides educational opportunities for seventh- and eighth-grade girls with the goal of increasing the participating of women in the fields of mathematics and science. The National Science Foundation-funded project, involving some 800 girls at 10 school sites in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, creates mentorship relationships between female undergraduates science and math majors at UCR and junior high school girls.
  • The California Educational Research Cooperative, a partnership between UCR and local school districts, serves as a research and development center for member school districts and combines the professional experience and practical wisdom of practicing professionals with the theoretical interests and research talents of UCR faculty. CERC has examined such issues as year-round education, student achievement, school dropout and class size reduction.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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