Center for Access & Attainment > CAA Research Lab > Research Areas
within the Division of Enrollment Management, the Center for Access and Attainment (CAA) supports school and
community partnerships, manages pre-college programs, and administers the
university's TRIO programs for low-income and first-generation students.
The CAA Lab conducts and provides research findings on issues of educational access and attainment to support evidenced-based
programming at DePaul that serves first-generation and low-income students.
CAA Lab research and practices
aim to contribute to discussions about improving the educational
experiences and outcomes of underrepresented groups in higher education. CAA
Lab uses a range of approaches to identify, understand, and change barriers
affecting college students’ academic and social progress. We
work with students to learn about their experiences and examine variables involved in explaining minority groups’ participation in
higher education. We focus on students’
experiences and outcomes, and develop services/practices on issues aimed to
reduce the existing disparity in college access and attainment.
Lab participants work with CAA program staff on mixed-methods studies and learn interview
transcription, quantitative data collection, data entry and management, and
data analysis. Students also have the opportunity to create an independent
research project in the context of the larger study.
In addition to hands-on training in conducting and analyzing research, focused
research skills workshops are offered by CAA Research Lab faculty fellows and McNair
Scholars Program staff, as well
as career-focused workshops led by DePaul
Career Center staff.
The experience of working on these research projects provides
students with practical skills to use in future research endeavors and helps
students develop critical supportive networks (e.g., with peer-mentor,
graduate students, and faculty member) that serve as guidance to make decisions
regarding their future academic development and research interests.