Academic Research and Evaluation Center (AREC)

Mission and Vision

The overall goal of the Academic Research and Evaluation Center (AREC) is to labor alongside others to actualize the positive educational growth of all learners.  In alignment with the CSUDH College of Education mission and vision, the AREC uses principles of justice, equity, and critical consciousness to enhance student learning and experience through the assessment, exploration, enhancement, and/or development of educational programs.  This is accomplished by using Theory Driven and Inclusive Evaluation approaches to: 1) assist in the development (or creation) of effective programs, using social science theory to inform expected outcomes; 2) investigate the ability of a program, policy, or service to achieve its desired outcomes (e.g., needs assessments); and 3) conduct original research and evaluation to measure the extent to which key educational outcomes (e.g., learning, teaching, retention, graduation, improvement, achievement) are achieved.

In connection with this goal, the AREC seeks to:

  1. Utilize our collective evaluative expertise to carry out a public service regarding the realization of student-centered outcomes.
  2. Develop partnerships with researchers, departments, and Colleges within CSUDH; PK-12 systems; community organizations; and outside universities who seek to improve educational outcomes.
  3. Facilitate a culture of improvement at CSUDH where multiple, non-dominant perspectives are sought after.
  4. Support and foster original research in the COE, CSUDH, and surrounding community.
  5. Enhance graduate and undergraduate learning and experience through research training opportunities and educational support.
  6. Disseminate research findings and scholarly activity through papers and/or conference presentations.

AREC faculty

Jarod Kawasaki, Ph.D. | Executive Director | | 310-243-2253

Dr. Kawasaki is an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department in the College of Education. He is also the Assessment Coordinator for the College of Education responsible for supporting the program improvement efforts for the departments in the college through rigorous and meaningful assessment and evaluation. Previously, he worked at UCLA Center X, supporting the program and evaluation work for a federally funded teacher residency program and at UCLA CRESST designing pilot assessments examining K-12 science learning. He received his Ph.D. in Education from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

Darrel Skousen, M.A. | Director | | 310-243-3740

Mr. Skousen has a BA degree in Psychology from Arizona State University, an MA degree in Positive Organizational Behavior & Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and has completed his coursework towards a PhD in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods at CGU. Mr. Skousen’s evaluation and research interests include program design and development, increasing the use of evaluation findings, and enhancing success within the field of education. Over the last 9 years he has led numerous evaluations of government, and privately, funded programs, including children’s health (OAH), teacher development and assessment (USDOE), academic success through peer mentoring (USDOE) and behavioral health, and STEM education (NSF & USDOE).

Upcoming events:

Bring your lunch and join us for an introduction to the newly chartered Academic Research and Evaluation Center (AREC) in the College of Education at CSUDH. During this session, AREC faculty will share about our work supporting the development of evaluation plans for CSUDH faculty and staff seeking research grants and/or external funding. If you are planning to write a research or program grant that requires external evaluation, the AREC would love to partner with you to develop a competitive grant proposal.

Information sessions will be held virtually via Zoom every 1st Friday of the month. All CSUDH faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome to attend.

Fall 2022

Friday, December 2nd, 2022, noon - 12:45,

Spring 2023

Friday, February 3rd, 2023, noon - 12:45,

Friday, March 3rd, 2023, noon - 12:45,

Friday, April 7th, 2023, noon - 12:45,

Friday, May 5th, 2023, noon - 12:45,