Institute Units & Programs

The day-to-day operations of the Institute for Educational Initiatives comprise these units and programs:

  • Advanced Placement Teacher Investment Program. Indiana has joined seven other states in a major initiative to boost student learning in ways that will help college and career readiness, school educational resources, and local and statewide participation in the 21st century economy. The AP-TIP IN program, representing a partnership from the worlds of education, business, and government and based upon a proven model for improved math and science teaching, is administered by the University of Notre Dame through its institute for Educational initiatives.

  • Alliance for Catholic Education. The mission of ACE is to sustain, strengthen, and transform Catholic schools. Central to its mission is the preparation of teachers and leaders for service in elementary and secondary Catholic schools to effectively educate disadvantaged children. In addition, ACE has developed multiple innovative programs, all of which seek to revitalize Catholic education.
  • Center for Research on Educational Opportunity. CREO is a center of excellence for the study of educational opportunities, the organization of schools, and the effects of schools on student outcomes, with special attention to less privileged students and Catholic schools. Through basic and applied research on schools and the learning process, CREO faculty and students pursue high-quality scholarship that has a significant impact on educational research, policy and practice.
  • Education, Schooling, and Society. The University's interdisciplinary minor in Education, Schooling, and Society (ESS) studies the role of education from both national and international perspectives using the tools of the liberal arts and social sciences. ESS applies diverse approaches to crucial questions in education: about the quality of schools, both public and Catholic; the degree to which families have adequate choices to ensure that their children flourish; and education in the context of society, nationally and globally.
  • Notre Dame Center for STEM Education. The Institute has made a significant investment to meet the urgent need for sustaining and strengthening education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for all students. This initiative's mission focuses on generating K-12 student interest in the STEM disciplines and improving students' content knowledge as well as their competencies in science and math.

  • Notre Dame Program for Interdisciplinary Educational ResearchThe University of Notre Dame is launching an interdisciplinary pre-doctoral training program, the Rev. James A. Burns Fellowship, that prepares students in state-of-the-art quantitative methods to rigorously examine the impact of educational practices, programs and policies.

  • Research Center on Educational Policy.  The University has established the Research Center on Educational Policy, directed by distinguished sociologist Mark Berends, to lead interdisciplinary scholars in assessing data collected from K-16 schools across states where partnerships are in place. Non-partisan analysis by education experts will inform policy-makers to help improve student learning and shrink achievement gaps.