Reviewed and/or Updated on: January 25, 2019

Action Research Projects

To inform education practices and policies, the WTCS institutional research team conducts action research projects. An action research project analyzes a specific question (or set of questions) to provide insight that is actionable for improving student success and closing student equity gaps. We then share the results through professional learning with WTCS stakeholders so that colleges can take action to improve educational outcomes for all students. Below, you can find our action research cycle that documents our yearly process for gathering and selecting research ideas and then conducting and sharing this work. In addition, you can find the action research briefs, which provide a short summary of each project and key findings.

This work is part of the WTCS Student Success Center.

 

We accept action research ideas from January 1 - March 15 each year. We then review and filter these ideas to create a shortlist, which is presented to the WTCS System Office leadership team for project selection (1-4 projects per year).  The WTCS System Office institutional research team filters action research project ideas by:
  • Whether the appropriate data elements are available (e.g., Client Reporting Data, National Student Clearinghouse)
  • Whether this research has been conducted previously (what is available in the peer-reviewed literature?)
  • The alignment of the project with WTCS strategic directions, federal reporting and priorities
  • The value of the project, which should have broad implications and importance for all WTCS colleges

To submit an action research project idea, please fill out this form.

 

To find published action research projects outside of the WTCS, visit these sources below:

Action Research Cycle

Title

Date Modified

File Type

WTCS Student Success Center Action Research Cycle 01/15/19 PDF File

Action Research Briefs

Title

Date Modified

File Type

Accelerated English 12/19/18 PDF File
Equity in WTCS Dual Enrollment Participation 01/09/19 PDF File
Transfer Student Patterns 11/30/18 PDF File