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ERIC Steering Committee

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ERIC, which operated usefully for 36 years, was scrapped and reconstituted. ERIC is now funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide access to education literature and resources.

New Guide on Evidence Based Education: "Identifying and Implementing Educational Practices Supported by Rigorous Evidence"

About the Institute of Education Sciences
On November 5, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 establishing a new organization, the Institute of Education Sciences. The Office of Educational Research and Improvement, which had formerly been responsible for education research and statistics, expired upon enactment of the new Act. The Institute of Education Sciences reflects the intent of the President and Congress to advance the field of education research, making it more rigorous in support of evidence-based education. The Institute consists of the National Center for Education Research, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. On November 22, 2002, the President appointed Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst to a six-year term as the first Director of the Institute.

The organizational structure of the Institute will be taking shape over the next several months. In the meantime, an ambitious series of research, evaluation, and statistics activities is moving forward.

ERIC will introduce a new Web site on September 1, 2004. The new centralized ERIC will provide users with a modernized system that is easy-to-use, comprehensive, and up-to-date, with many free-of-charge full-text resources.

Meanwhile take a look at the Steering Committee and the Content Experts. You will recognize some of the names. How is it that Doug Carnine and Reid Lyon get on every committee in the federal education universe?

The Role of the ERIC Steering Committee

The ERIC Steering Committee is an expert technical group that provides recommendations to the ERIC contractor (Computer Sciences Corporation) for implementing the ERIC mission. Recommendations span a range of issues critical to achieving the ERIC mission of providing a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable, Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information:

Developing and operating an online database, database search engine, and website; including such issues as system architecture, usability, metadata and indexing, and archiving and migrating files
Developing and implementing a plan for monitoring the quality and efficiency of ERIC, including providing recommendations for a program of research and development or feasibility studies
Developing the standards and criteria for selecting journals and non-journal materials for the database
Establishing the types of non-journal materials to include in the database
Developing screening criteria for selecting conference papers
Developing outreach and dissemination guidelines for publicizing the ERIC database
Identifying additional products or services

ERIC Steering Committee

Dr. William Y. Arms: Professor of Computer Science and Co-Director of the Information Science Program, Cornell University

Mr. Mick Bass: Manager, SIMILE Project, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories

Ms. Deborah Bendig: Product Manager, FirstSearch WorldCat, Online Computer Library Corporation (OCLC)

Dr. Robert Boruch: University Trustee Chair Professor, Graduate School of Education and the Statistics Department (Wharton School), University of Pennsylvania; and Co-Chair of the Steering Group of the International Campbell Collaboration

Dr. Douglas Carnine: Senior Research Associate and Professor, Institute for the Development of Educational Achievement, College of Education, University of Oregon; and Director of the National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators (NCITE)

Dr. Harris M. Cooper: Professor in the Department of Psychology: Social & Health Sciences, and Director of the Program in Education, Duke University

Ms. Harriet Henderson: Director, Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Libraries

Dr. Nancy C. Jordan: Associate Professor (Professor as of 9/04), School of Education, University of Delaware

Dr. G. Reid Lyon: Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health

Dr. Hannah Rothstein: Professor of Management, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York

Dr. Lawrence Rudner: Chief Psychometrician, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)

The Role of ERIC Content Experts

The ERIC Content Experts advise the ERIC contractor (Computer Sciences Corporation) on aspects of acquiring subject-specific, education-related resources for inclusion in the ERIC database. Using the database standards and criteria developed with the guidance of the Steering Committee, they recommend journals to be included in ERIC as well as sources and types of non-journal materials, conferences, and dissemination strategies. The day-to-day work of building and managing the ERIC collection is handled by the contractor's curators (Research Triangle Institute) with expertise in the following topics:

Adult, Career, and Vocational Education
Assessment and Evaluation
Community Colleges
Counseling and Student Services
Disabilities and Gifted Education
Education Management
Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Higher Education
Information and Technology
Languages and Linguistics
Reading, English, and Communication
Rural Education and Small Schools
Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education
Social Studies/Social Science Education
Teaching and Teacher Education
Urban Education

ERIC Content Experts

Dr. Alice M. Agogino, Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California: Berkeley

Dr. Jason L. Anthony, Assistant Research Professor, Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston

Dr. David Armor, Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University

Dr. Mark Berends, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Dr. Philip N. Chase, Professor, Behavior Analysis Program, Department of Psychology, West Virginia University

Dr. Arthur Cohen, Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change, University of California: Los Angeles

Dr. Larry Condelli, Managing Director, Adult Education and Literacy Program, Education and Human Development Division, American Institutes for Research

Dr. Carolyn Denton, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Olatokunbo Fashola, Associate Research Scientist, Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Russell M. Gersten, Executive Director, Instructional Research Group; and Professor Emeritus, College of Education, University of Oregon

Dr. Andrew Gill, Professor of Economics, California State University: Fullerton

Dr. Drew H. Gitomer, Senior Advisor, Research & Development Division, Educational Testing Service

Mr. Lawrence E. Gladieux, Education and Public Policy Consultant

Dr. Dan D. Goldhaber, Research Associate Professor, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington; and Affiliated Scholar at the Urban Institute's Education Policy Center

Dr. Laura Hamilton, Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation

Dr. Jane Hannaway, Director of the Education Policy Center, Urban Institute

Dr. Michael J. Hilmer, Assistant Professor, Growth and Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Dr. Kevin M. Hollenbeck, Senior Economist and Director of Publications, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Dr. Craig Howley, Co-Director of the Research Initiative of the Appalachia Collaborative Center for Learning, Assessment, and Instruction in Mathematics (ACCLAIM); and Adjunct Professor, Educational Studies Department, Ohio University

Dr. Jaana Juvonen, Professor and Chair of Developmental Psychology, University of California: Los Angeles; and Adjunct Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation

Dr. Michael Kamil, Professor of Education, Stanford University

Dr. Keiko Koda, Associate Professor of Japanese and Second Language Acquisition, Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. John Krumboltz, Professor of Education and Psychology, Stanford University

Dr. Sharon Landesman Ramey, Director of the Center on Health and Education; and the Susan H. Mayer Professor of Child and Family Studies, Georgetown University

Dr. Xiaofeng Steven Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of South Carolina

Dr. Christopher J. Lonigan, Associate Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research; and Professor of Psychology, Florida State University

Dr. Tom Loveless, Director, Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brookings Institution
Dr. Gail A. McKoon, Professor of Psychology, Ohio State University

Dr. Robin McWilliam, Director of the Center for Child Development & Research, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics and Division Chief for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Dr. Jeffrey Mirel, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor, Educational Studies, School of Education; and Faculty Associate, Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Michigan

Dr. Michael T. Nettles, Vice President for Policy Evaluation and Research, and Edmund W. Gordon Chair for Policy Evaluation and Research at the Educational Testing Service

Dr. Richard G. Niemi, Don Alonzo Watson Professor of Political Science, Associate Department Chair; and Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Rochester

Dr. Amaury Nora, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Education, University of Houston

Dr. Philip K. Piele, Director of the Clearinghouse on Educational Policy and Management; and Professor, Department of Education, University of Oregon

Dr. Michael Podgursky, Middlebush Professor of Economics and Department Chair, University of Missouri: Columbia

Dr. Paige C. Pullen, Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

Dr. Gary W. Ritter, Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy, and Director of the Office for Education Policy, University of Arkansas

Dr. Steven M. Ross, Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Research in Educational Policy, University of Memphis

Dr. Brian Rowan, Director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research; and Professor of Education Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. John P. Sabatini, Research Scientist, Research & Development Division, Educational Testing Service

Dr. Timothy Shanahan, Professor of Urban Education, Director of the Center for Literacy, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Research Scholar, School of Education, Northeastern University

Dr. Paul G. Theobald, Dean of the School of Education and Counseling, Professor of Education, Wayne State College

Dr. Scott L. Thomas, Associate Professor of Higher Education, Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia

Dr. Lynne Vernon-Feagans, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Child Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Maris A. Vinovskis, Bentley Professor of History; Professor of Public Policy; and Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, at the University of Michigan

Dr. Barbara S. Wasik, Principal Research Scientist, Center for Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Robert Yager, Professor, College of Education, University of Iowa

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