The Postsecondary Center will conduct a focused program of research, consisting of multiple studies, to explore factors that affect access to, progress through, and completion of postsecondary education for students with disabilities. Studies conducted by the Postsecondary Center must be exploratory; IES will not support intervention development, measurement, or efficacy work under this competition.
Exploratory research for this competition should examine relationships between student-, educator-, institution-, and/or policy-level characteristics and student academic outcomes as well as factors that influence these relationships. A variety of approaches are appropriate, including (1) primary data collection and analyses, (2) secondary data analyses, (3) meta-analyses that go beyond a simple identification of the mean effect of interventions, or (4) some combination of these. IES also encourages the use of mixed methods research, defined as the integration of qualitative and quantitative methodologies in a single study. Findings from this exploratory research should ultimately help the community of postsecondary administrators, faculty, staff, and researchers better meet the needs of the students with disabilities. Findings should also set the context for new research in this area, for instance by developing improved theories of change and identifying targets for future intervention or assessment.
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General Requirements: https://ies.ed.gov/funding/pdf/2023_84324C.pdf#page=6