Who We Are
AIR’s Center for Applied Research in Postsecondary Education (CARPE) tackles postsecondary education’s most pressing challenges by generating actionable insights and helping the field implement effective solutions.
What We Do
We ground our work in practice. We leverage our extensive experience working with postsecondary institutions and partnering with practitioners, policymakers, and students to infuse our work with real-world context and nuance.
We build the field’s capacity to improve outcomes. We work directly with key stakeholders to increase their capacity to implement evidence-based practices and transform systems.
We apply our deep research expertise. Our experts draw on innovative methods to collect data, conduct research, and evaluate programs to drive continuous improvement.
We share what we discover. We synthesize what we learn from practice, research, policy, and evaluation to engage and advance the field.
Bodies of Work
Our work addresses every part of the postsecondary continuum
We work with an array of partners, including
- Foundations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
- State education agencies and K-12 school districts
- Postsecondary systems and institutions
- The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Center for Education Research, and National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance
- National Science Foundation
- National associations focused on postsecondary education