Education Partnerships: From Research to Practice

By Eugene Garcia and Mehmet Dali Ozturk.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Universities have sought for many years to contribute to their local communities through partnerships with schools and other organizations. As a vital partner embedded in communities, universities have a unique opportunity to use their extensive human and research capital to increase educational equity and academic outcomes by partnering with local schools and community partners. However, higher education partnerships are highly complex and encounter a number of different challenges. This paper describes an emerging conceptual framework for such partnerships, as well as to two emerging key factors related to the implementation, success, and continuation of partnerships: senior university leadership and embedded evaluation practices. A practical example, with some promising data, of how a large university in the United States was able to build effective and sustainable education partnerships is then presented.

Keywords: Education, Learning, Teaching, Leadership, Higher Education Partnerships, Evaluation, Policy, Infrastructure

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.103-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 790.785KB).

Prof. Eugene Garcia

Vice President for Education Partnerships, Office of the Vice President for Education Partnerships, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Dr. Eugene García is presently Vice President for Education Partnerships at Arizona State University (ASU), a post he has held since 2006. From 2002-2006, he was the Dean of the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education on the Tempe campus of ASU. Before joining ASU, he served as Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley from 1995-2001. He received his B.A. from the University of Utah in Psychology and his Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Kansas. He has served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Human Development at Harvard University and as a National Research Council Fellow. He has been a recipient of a National Kellogg Leadership Fellowship and received numerous academic and public honors. He served as a faculty member at the University of Utah, the University of California, Santa Barbara, Arizona State University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has served previously as a national research center director, an academic department chair on two occasions, and as dean of the Social Sciences Division at University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. García is involved in various community activities and has served as an elected member of an urban school board. He has published extensively in the area of language teaching and bilingual development authoring and/or co-authoring over 200 articles and book chapters along with 14 books and monographs. He holds leadership positions in professional organizations and continues to serve in an editorial capacity for psychological, linguistic and educational journals and serves regularly as a proposal panel reviewer for federal, state and foundation agencies. He served as a Senior Officer in the U.S. Department of Education from 1993-1995. He is conducting research in the areas of effective schooling for linguistically and culturally diverse student populations and has chaired the National Task Force on Early Education for Hispanics funded by the Foundation for Child Development. He has been honored by AERA, SRCD, NAEYC, ASCD and AAHHE for his research contributions and will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The Erickson Institute in 2011 in recognition of his contribution to the area of Child Development. His most recent books include Teaching and Learning in Two Languages (2005); Early Education of Dual Language Learners (2010), edited with E. Frede (Teachers College Press), and, Cognition, Bilingualism and Education (In Press) with Jose Nanez(American Psychological Association). His research website address is

Dr. Mehmet Dali Ozturk

Associate Vice President for Research and Evaluation, Office of the Vice President for Education Partnerships, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Mehmet Dali Ozturk, Ph.D. is the Associate Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Development at Arizona State University Office of Education Partnerships (VPEP), which works with P-20, public and private sector partners to enhance the academic performance of students in high need communities. Dr. Ozturk oversees VPEP’s research, evaluation and development efforts. Dr. Ozturk works closely with the ASU Provost’s Education Executive Work Group (EEWG), which provides guidance to all education-related units, divisions, colleges, and schools at the university-level with the sole purpose of securing resources needed to advance ASU’s goals for education research, teaching, innovation, and service. Dr. Ozturk has extensive evaluation and research experience in the field of education policy, planning and administration, and the development and use of technology in academic settings and for educational purposes. Dr. Ozturk received his Ph.D. in Education Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Southern California (USC). He also holds a Master of Arts in College and University Administration from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Measurement, Testing and Evaluation in Education from Hacettepe University. As a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California-Berkeley, Dr. Ozturk’s work focused on identifying, reviewing and assessing exemplary and promising strategies and programs designed to improve educational outcomes for underrepresented minorities in the U.S., especially in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields, at higher education institutions around the country. Dr. Ozturk gathered and produced information and strategies that helped institutions raise the academic achievement levels of their targeted groups. Dr. Ozturk’s evaluation and research interests are broadly targeted at the topics of student access, academic success, evidence-based policy development, and the efficacy of university-school (P-20) partnerships in promoting systemic change. In addition, Dr. Ozturk has produced dozens of academic and scholarly research papers, publications & conference presentations. His most recent publication is entitled Global Competition: America’s Underrepresented Minorities Will Be Left Behind, Teachers College Record (June 2007). Dr. Ozturk is a recipient of the University of Southern California’s Outstanding International Leadership Award. Dr. Ozturk’s hobbies include reading from pages of The New Yorker and The Economist to his baby daughter.


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