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Centers and Institutes

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Much of the scholarship and research conducted at the Lynch School is under the auspices of seven major research centers and institutes that receive funding from both the University and external sources.

Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education
Seeking to lead the way toward a vibrant future for Catholic education at all levels, the Lynch School of Education at Boston College founded the Center for Catholic Education to build on more than a half-century of research, teaching, and outreach related to Catholic schools, colleges, and universities. The Center for Catholic Education brings under one banner all of the current scholarship, graduate support and innovative partnership initiatives in support of Catholic educational leadership from pre-k through higher education.

Center for Optimized Student Support
The mission of the Center for Optimized Student Support is to study the most effective ways to address the out-of-school factors impacting student learning and thriving in schools. The Center develops, tests, and disseminates innovative practices that address these out-of-school factors (social/emotional, health, and family) by optimizing student support in schools.

Center for Human Rights and International Justice
Through multidisciplinary training programs and applied research the Center for Human Rights and International Justice aims to nurture a new generation of scholars and practitioners in the United States and abroad who draw upon the strengths of many disciplines, and the wisdom of rigorous ethical training in the attainment of human rights and international justice. The Center is built upon the University's deep religious and ethical tradition of service to others and its broad scholarly reach through its graduate programs in Arts & Sciences and its professional programs in Law, Business, Education, Social Work, and Nursing.

Center for International Higher Education
This research and service agency provides information, publications, and a sense of community to colleges and universities worldwide and to those seeking to pursue graduate studies and research in international higher education. There is a special concern with the needs of academic institutions in developing countries.

Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy
Internationally recognized for its work in research and its applications in the development of policies related to the multiple uses of test, CSTEEP is a rich resource for all programs housed at the Lynch School of Education. In the past decade, CSTEEP has been involved in assessment issues that address the fairness of testing in culturally and economically diverse populations.

Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture
ISPRC promotes cultural awareness and addresses the societal conflicts associated with race or culture in theory, research, mental health practice, education, business, and society at large.

Each year the Institute sponsors the Diversity Challenge conference, highlighting important scholarly insights and significant practical endeavors that promote greater understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures.

TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center
The International Study Center serves two main efforts—Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)—under the auspices of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.