William Shadish, a psychological sciences professor at UC Merced, will join researchers at seven University of California campuses that are testing the effectiveness of national, state and UC education programs.
The University of California Educational Evaluation Center is based at the Santa Barbara campus, but includes researcher from Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, San Diego and Santa Barbara.
Shadish serves as the campus director at UC Merced.
"California often spends billions of dollars on educational programs with little or no mandate to evaluate the effects of that investment," Shadish said. "UC can play a bigger role in educational evaluations at both the state and national level."
The center will use a $2.2 million grant over the next four years from the 2009 University of California Multi-Campus Research Programs and Initiatives program.
The researchers will meet in Santa Barbara for the first time this February.
-- Danielle E. Gaines