Dear University of Houston Faculty, Staff, and Students:
I am pleased to announce that the University of Houston was selected by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to establish a Texas Education Research Center (ERC). The UH ERC will be housed in the College of Education. I congratulate College of Education Dean Robert McPherson, Dr. Cathy Horn, and Dr. Anthony Rolle for their efforts in developing the proposal and establishing the Center at UH. This is a momentous honor for our University and will greatly affect the future of postsecondary education in the Gulf Coast region. ERCs carry out a range of activities to serve the needs of education in Texas. These activities include applied research, evaluation, and technical assistance activities that focus on using data and analysis to inform education decisions.
The UH ERC will provide data linking both PK-12 schools to postsecondary institutions as well as data linking postsecondary education to the workforce. While many students entering postsecondary education lack college readiness, the gap is most significant in poor and historically underserved populations. The ERC will focus on these historically underserved populations through four main areas: impacts and outcomes of programs aimed at postsecondary education, the performance of educator preparation programs, public education finance and economics, and educational best practices.
Working with other schools in the area, the ERC will provide evidence-based decision making geared toward improving education rates and increasing economic opportunities. The University of Houston has the opportunity to greatly increase the success of underserved populations in the future through the work of the Education Research Center.
I look forward to supporting the Education Research Center's work as it moves forward.
Paula Myrick Short