The University of California, Irvine (UCI) is serving as a pilot demonstration site to develop and implement a state-of-the-art measurement project to improve our understanding of the value of undergraduate educational experiences and promote evidence-based models of undergraduate student success.

The project, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is designed to inform the development of a large-scale longitudinal study of colleges and universities (College and Beyond II) coordinated by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan.

In the initial planning stage of the project, UCI researchers will draw on expertise from the field to identify the feasibility and utility of collecting, analyzing and sharing innovative new forms of data for documenting the value of the undergraduate experience and improving undergraduate student outcomes. The data strands in this project include the following:

Project Team

Advisory Board

Richard Arum
Dean / UCI School of Education

Technology presents researchers and stakeholders with new opportunities to capture more fully experiences and pathways to enhance institutional performance and undergraduate outcomes and to advance educational science. We are committed to a data-driven continuous improvement model that tracks performance, innovates on curriculum and iterates instructional design. As educators, we have a responsibility to be more intentional about how we ensure student achievement.
Michael Dennin
Dean / UCI Division of Undergraduate Education

UCI is at the forefront of educational science and has the institutional capacity to lead this project. Our Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation has organized an integrated, student-level data set and established processes to ensure easy access by researchers to expedite improvement efforts.