The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is launching the Carnegie Alpha Lab Research Network to engage academic researchers from diverse fields to assist the Foundation in its mathematics Pathways initiative.
The Pathways – Statway and Quantway — address the problem of the high failure rate of community college students in developmental mathematics. The goal is to dramatically increase from 5 percent to 50 percent the percentage of students to achieve transferable college math credit within one year of continuous enrollment.
The Carnegie Alpha Lab Research Network is a National Science Foundation funded project that aims to coordinate the efforts of researchers interested in leveraging their own research expertise to improve the Carnegie Pathways. In addition, the Network will support pre-doctoral students who, in collaboration with their mentors, will engage in early-stage research as part of the Network.
Carnegie Alpha Lab Research Network will work within priorities set by a networked improvement community working.
In contrast to the traditional approach to educational research, researchers in the Carnegie Alpha Lab Research Network will work within priorities set by a networked improvement community working on the same problem of practice.
Researchers will work on two types of projects: ones designed to deepen Carnegie’s understanding of the problem, both theoretical and empirical; and projects designed to develop and test theory-based solutions to network challenges.
The Network is headquartered at the University of California, Los Angeles under the direction of Jim Stigler and Karen Givvin.
For more information on the Carnegie Alpha Lab Research Network or to join the mailing list, visit www.carnegiealphalabs.org.