Our Institutional Transformation research investigates how organizations, structures, systems, and norms adapt to improve STEM learning practices and outcomes, including broadening participation in STEM through improved equity and inclusion.

The Center's current Institutional Transformation projects are listed below. You can also read about our completed Institutional Transformation projects.

Revealing Progress toward Promotion and Tenure Reform in the Academy

This project is led by Julie Risien in collaboration with Researcher Holly Cho and aims to learn from study of local processes and lived experiences of change in higher education reward and advancement practices.

CAISE Evaluation (2016-2021)

The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) is a resource center funded through a cooperative agreement with the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program.

ARIS (2018-2023)

ARIS logoThe ARIS Center is a collaboration between 12 universities launched in September 2018 with an award from the National Science Foundation (OIA 1810732) and a mission to Advance Research Impacts in Society through four initiatives: building capacity; advancing scholarship; growing partnerships; and curating resources. Dr.

Revealing Progress toward Promotion and Tenure Reform in the Academy (2018-2020)

Funded by the Kavli Foundation, Center researchers Julie Risien, Holly Cho, and Brianna Keys are conducting this research in collaboration with several partners including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the American Association of Universities, and the Association of Public and Landgrant Universities.  Researchers are working to uncover and broadly share examples that demonstrate the department-scale pr