Mission Statement

Drawing on the Lynch School aspiration to “enhance the human condition, to expand the human imagination, and to make the world more just":

The mission of the MESA program is to …

  • Contribute to national and international efforts to solve critical educational and human problems in a diverse global community;
  • Educate the next generation of scholars and practitioners who will engage in reflective social inquiry;
  • Foster meaningful scholarly inquiry into both theoretical and applied aspects of social systems;
  • Advance creative approaches to important measurement, evaluation, and research problems in educational and other social science fields;
  • Provide students with the necessary theoretical and applied skills and experience to become research and evaluation leaders in their professional fields; and
  • Prepare students to make original and substantive contributions to the fields of measurement, evaluation, and statistics.

In service of this mission …

  • The MESA program is committed to high quality, rigorous, collaborative, and equity-minded research, teaching, and mentoring.
  • The MESA program trains students in state-of-the-art statistical, research, and evaluation methods.
  • Students in MESA develop expertise in research methodology, measurement, evaluation, and applied statistics.
  • MESA faculty members have expertise in classroom and large-scale assessment, measurement and item response theory, factor analysis and structural equation modeling, categorical data analysis, multilevel modeling, generalized linear models, program evaluation, psychometrics, etc.
  • Graduates of the MESA program find employment in colleges, universities, research centers, testing agencies, school systems, ministries of education and other government agencies, and industry.
  • Students completing the doctoral/master's degrees are capable of conducting independent research and evaluation, constructing measurement instruments, analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data, and contributing to the theory of research and evaluation methodology.