About Us

The SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a university-based research, development, dissemination, evaluation, and technical assistance center. For nearly 30 years, we have worked with educators and policymakers to improve education. Permeating everything we do is our commitment to engaging collaboratively with our clients to do high quality, important and useful work. Our research efforts include everything from large scale experimental studies to small scale qualitative work on topics ranging from early childhood to high school reform. We conduct project evaluations for states, districts, schools, and organizations. We also publish syntheses of research and specialize in making complex topics accessible. Our goal is to support your efforts to improve education.

SERVE has been awarded over $200 million in contracts and grants, successfully managed 14 major awards including four consecutive contracts for the Regional Educational Laboratory for the Southeast (REL-SE) funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the US Department of Education (USED), four awards from USED for the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), a five-year Technology Grant for Coordinating Teaching and Learning in Migrant Communities.

In addition, SERVE secured contracts from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to operate the North Carolina Homeless Education Program in 2008 and the North Carolina Foster Education Program in 2016. Through these initiatives and many others, SERVE has provided extensive technical assistance at the local, state, and national levels, and has developed and disseminated hundreds of thousands of products aimed at improving youth opportunities and outcomes at school, home, and in the community.


In the News

SERVE Center Awarded Region 6 Comprehensive Center

Region 6 Comprehensive Center MapThe SERVE Center will operate the Region 6 Center (RC6) to provide intensive, capacity building services to Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. SERVE outlines a Five-Year Plan based on identified needs in the three states.

SERVE will provide “intensive” capacity building services to state education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), and others to address four High-Leverage Problems:
1. Statewide Systems of Support to Low-Performing Schools
2. Support to Rural Schools
3. Equitable Student Access to Effective Teachers and Principals 
4. Positive School Climates through Student Supports and Family Engagement Interventions 

The fifth area in the Five-Year Plan is support for the National Center’s “targeted and universal services” to SEAs, REAs, LEAs, and schools.

The intended clients in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina include: (1) schools and districts that have high percentages or numbers of students from low-income families; (2) LEAs and schools who are implementing comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) or targeted support and improvement (TSI) activities; and (3) rural schools and districts.

For more information about the Region 6 Comprehensive Center at SERVE, contact George Hancock, Executive Director of the SERVE Center and Co-PI for the RC6.

STEM Prepartation Experiences of Non-College Bound Youth Study

SERVE was awarded a competitive AERA Grant to study whether non-college bound youth (defined as those who do not attain any postsecondary education credential after high school) who take part in a sequence of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) coursework as well as work-based learning during high school are more likely to experience positive school-to-work (STW) transition outcomes compared to non-college-bound youth who do not take STEM courses or those who take STEM courses outside of a meaningful sequence or pathway using data from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002).

Few studies to date have explored whether participation in structured STEM coursework and work-based learning activities provides an advantage to non-college bound youth in particular who enter the workforce without the training and experience that would come from postsecondary education.

Results from this study will inform efforts around career pathway program development and career advising that are tailored to the needs of non-college bound youth, particularly for the small, but substantive group of non-college bound youth who never enroll in college.

For more information about this study, contact Bryan Hutchins.

SERVE Center Continues to House the National Center for Homeless Education

NCHE logoThe SERVE Center has been awarded a five-year, $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness across the nation.

The grant will continue the work of the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), which has been housed in the Serve Center since 1998. As the technical assistance and information center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program, NCHE assists state coordinators for homeless education in all 50 states, operates a national hotline, collects and disseminates data, and conducts regional and national presentations on homeless education.

The work of NCHE has far-reaching impact. Nationally, approximately 1.5 million children and youth are homeless.

Visit the NCHE website.


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