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Loyola University Chicago

Center for Science and Math Education

Research and Evaluation


At Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Science and Math Education (CSME), faculty and staff engage in evaluation and research of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education reforms. Since 2008, full-time research faculty members at CSME have developed a team of professionals conducting a portfolio of work that includes external evaluations, internal evaluations, consulting and applied educational research.  All CSME research and evaluation projects share common elements in their:


Research and evaluation has been funded through support by the National Science Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust and other governmental and private organizations.  The team has much experience working with administrators and teachers in the Chicago Public Schools.  For example, team leaders Wenzel and Deiger have been studying CPS school reform since 1998 and 2003 respectively. Recent CSME evaluation and research projects can be categorized as focusing on the following topics: 

Team members have a depth of experience with various methodologies and tools.  Studies typically rely on multiple modes of data collection, analysis and use of software packages, including:

The current full-time evaluation and research team includes five staff members who worked together on over 15 different projects during 2012-13. 


In addition, other CSME team members bring their expertise to specific evaluation and research projects.


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