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A Study of the Working Environments of the Natural Science Departments in the University of Chicago and Northwestern University (Faculty Climate Study)

On behalf of the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting an in-depth qualitative analysis of the working climate within each university's natural sciences departments.  More

Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault

NORC's Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault enables universities and colleges to get feedback directly from their student body and collect critical information on the incidence of sexual assault to establish an initial baseline and monitor changes over time.  With this information, administrators can develop comprehensive solutions and evaluate their impact.   More

Change and Stability at the Starting Gate: A Comparison of America's Kindergartners in 2010 and 1998

NORC will produce a report that presents findings from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-2011 (ECLS-K:2011) and compare nationally-representative samples of first-time kindergarten students from Fall 2010 and Fall 1998 with respect to cognitive skills and psychological characteristics, social backgrounds, and school experiences. More

CollegePoint Virtual Advising Program Evaluation Surveys

​NORC has been contracted to field up to three surveys beginning in 2016 to inform the evaluation of the CollegePoint Virtual Advising Program. This study is being conducted by America Achieves in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies' CollegePoint Initiative. More

Content Alignment of NAEP Grade 8 Assessments and ACT Explore

​NORC at the University of Chicago, along with its subcontractor, the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services, has begun to analyze the degree of content alignment of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading and Mathematics assessments for grade 8 and the ACT Explore assessments in reading and mathematics. The purpose of this research under a contract from the National Assessment Governing Board (Governing Board) is to evaluate the extent to which 8th grade NAEP assessments are aligned in content and complexity with the Explore assessments.​​ More

Developing a System for Tracking State Assessment Policies in Science and Mathematics Education

NORC at the University of Chicago has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Education and Human Resources Directorate to conduct a project titled: Developing a System for Tracking State Assessment Policies in Science and Mathematics Education.  One goal of the project is to establish a reporting system that will include information from all of the state departments of education. More

Education and Transition to Adulthood

This project’s key research question is "How does schooling, and specifically individuals’ experiences in postsecondary education, influence health trajectories and early adult labor force and family formation?" More

Evaluation of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program

On behalf of NSF, NORC is conducting a study that will provide rigorous evidence of the impact of the GRFP on individuals’ educational decisions, career preparations, aspirations and progress, as well as professional productivity; and provide an understanding of how the program is implemented by universities and whether and how specific program policies could be adjusted to make the program more effective in meeting its goals.​ More

Growth Model Pilot Program Under No Child Left Behind (GMPP)

The GMPP is an ambitious effort to improve how student achievement data are analyzed and used to assess the effectiveness of schools and school systems under the accountability provisions of the 2001 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind). More

Harvard Faculty Policy and Benefits Survey

NORC was awarded a subcontract from Frank Dobbin of Harvard University for a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded pilot study on the efficacy of faculty diversity policies and programs. By collecting data from universities about which policies and programs they have in place and when they were in place, and comparing this data to historical university employment data, Dr. Dobbin will examine the effects of various diversity policies and programs on the demographic composition of their faculties.  More

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