U-M hosts new data center for educational research collaboration

By | November 30, 2018
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U-M Ford School Dean Michael Barr and MSU College of Education Dean Robert Floden at the launch of the research collaboration. (Rodney Sanford, Ford School)

The launch of a new research collaboration and a data center at the University of Michigan marks the start of a unique collaboration between U-M, Michigan State University, the Michigan Department of Education and the Center for Educational Performance and Information.

The new Michigan Education Research Institute and Michigan Education Data Center will facilitate research projects in education, make data accessible and improve education for Michigan’s students.

Along with addressing research questions, the Michigan Education Data Center, housed at U-M’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, will build and act as a clearinghouse for educational records provided to researchers while maintaining the privacy rights of students. U-M has extensive experience in securely hosting both local and national datasets, and the new data center will carry that tradition forward, say the center’s directors.