About the Research Institute
The Research Institute is a dynamic multidisciplinary collaboration of The University of Texas at Austin, Office of the Dean of Students; Departments of Special Education, Higher Education Administration, Educational Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education; School of Social Work; the Veterans Administration; the Center for Counseling and Mental Health; the Capitol Rehabilitation Group of Austin; the Registrar and Office of Admissions; and the Office of Assessment in the Division of Student Affairs. The Institute is built upon three foundational elements: Research, Partnerships and Professional Development. The critical information that can only be uncovered through applied, translational research makes data driven decision-making and practices uniquely possible. This research is generated and disseminated through interdisciplinary collaborative networks within and beyond the university community. A major aim of our efforts is to bridge the longstanding disconnect between research and student development by conducting and translating research for improved decision making and practice of university faculty, administrators and staff; developing and sustaining partnerships inclusive of diverse and expert scholars, practitioners, policy makers and researchers; and providing adequate and informed professional development based on sound evidence. Incorporating timely data into the design, implementation and evaluation of our programs and services promises significant improvements to the Office of the Dean of Students' capacity to provide valued-added support and learning opportunities to students at The University of Texas at Austin.
The vision of the Office of the Dean of Students' Research Institute is to fulfill mandates outlined in the Commission of 125, and to advance the mission of the Division of Student Affairs through applied and translational research in these areas: Leadership and Ethics, Civic Responsibility, Intercultural Education, Student Development and Academic Success.
The mission of the Office of the Dean of Students' Research Institute is to create a bridge for research to practice between academics, student services, and community-based agency that advances new opportunities for research collaborations and professional development, as well as conduct, interpret, and disseminate applied and translational research that enhances the evidence-based foundation on which policy, programs, and services that address access to, persistence in and completion are offered to students in postsecondary education.
The objectives of the DoS Research Institute respond to the following strategic goals of the Report of the Commission of 125 and the Division of Student Affairs:
- Expand opportunities for access to, persistence in and completion of higher education for a greater number of students
- Expand opportunities for student leadership development
- Cultivate a campus community that values and fosters diversity and inclusion
- Create, implement, assess and improve empirically validated programs and services for students
- Raise student, faculty and community awareness about DoS programs and services.
The DoS Research Institute is guided by these core values:
- Collaborative relationships, networks and learning
- Research-driven programs and services that bridge academic and nonacademic experiences, enhance student development and encourage higher education completion
- Scholarly contributions to student development theory, translational research and practice, and dissemination of findings
- Interdisciplinary, interagency and multidimensional approaches to translational, applied research as the foundation for planning and decision-making
- Project-oriented learning experiences that are student driven and produced