CORE’s Mission

As an active contributor to USC’s vision of conducting “research of the highest quality” in a learner-centered environment, the mission of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) is to engage in high quality, outcomes-based academic and evaluative research at USC and in the USC urban community in P-12 and higher education settings.


Since its inception in 2007 and in concert with its mission, CORE has obtained funding for ten-plus important research projects. The majority of these projects are collaboratively focused and all occur in urban contexts.

Importantly, these projects involve faculty from throughout USC and beyond the walls of USC and several of the projects are affiliated with:

  • USC’s National Centers of Excellence funded by the National Institute of Health,
  • The National Science Foundation,
  • The U.S. Department of Education.
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