To nurture the intellectual life of the CREO team and the Notre Dame community, CREO offers lectures that address contemporary issues in education, as well as an annual research conference. CREO also sponsors workshops, symposia, and other training opportunities in order to make a significant contribution toward attaining educational excellence and equity in American education.
Indiana’s school choice program is one of the largest in the United States. Until now, little has been known about how this initiative to increase parents’ educational options for their children is affecting either the schools or the students.
Initial data from Indiana's School Choice Scholarship Program shows that many schools' decisions whether to participate in a school-choice policy are influenced by the policy's regulations and their expected impacts on school priorities. Therefore, solving voucher program implementation challenges requires more insight into the relationship between schools and a state's policy details, according to sociologist Megan Austin of the University of Notre Dame's Department of Sociology and Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO).
Megan’s paper “Sector Effects and Changes in School Composition: The Case of School Vouchers” was selected for its potential to positively impact Sociology of Education. The award is to be presented to Megan at the upcoming AERA 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago on April 17th.
A nearly $300,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation will support the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) in a groundbreaking study of Indiana’s school voucher program.