Center for Collaboration and the Urban Child
The Center for Collaboration and the Urban Child (CCUC) has as its mission the creation and support of innovative programs and policies to improve the health, educational attainment, and socio-economic well-being of New Jersey’s urban children and their families. CCUC seeks to accomplish this through collaboration with families, community-based organizations, local governments, public schools, and other local institutions. CCUC does original research, conducts program evaluation, and provides technical assistance to groups seeking to improve the lives and futures of low income, urban children.
The Center for Collaboration and the Urban Child (CCUC) is an outgrowth of the Newark Schools Research Collaborative (NSRC), which was established in 2009 as a collaboration between the Newark Public Schools and Rutgers University-Newark. Since 2009, NSRC personnel have engaged educational research in Newark, Elizabeth, Camden, Trenton and Yonkers. In 2014, we renamed ourselves the Rutgers University Newark Education Research Collaborative (RUNERC) as a reflection of the expansion of our focus beyond Newark. Today, we are increasingly involved in a range of activities related to child health and socioeconomic wellbeing, hence the new name: Center for Collaboration and the Urban Child (CCUC).
CCUC draws upon the interdisciplinary expertise of social scientists, program evaluators, educators and public health professionals to sponsor and support initiatives to improve the well-being of urban children. CCUC is involved in research activities related to needs assessments and program evaluations. CCUC is active in furthering the goals of the Newark Fairmount Promise Neighborhood initiative, and also collaborates with the Elizabeth Public Schools to assess their ongoing educational innovations and reform efforts. We also work with the H.E.A.L. Collaborative (Rutgers Health, Education, Advocacy & Law Collaborative ) and the United Way ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Project on initiatives related to the health and wellbeing of children and their families.
- Post-Secondary Outcomes of Newark High School Graduates (2011-2016): College Enrollment, Persistence & Completion (2018)
Authors: Jeffrey R. Backstrand, PhD and Kristi Donaldson, PhD
Post-Secondary Outcomes of Newark High School Graduates is an analysis of what college-going looks like for nearly 13,500 of Newark’s recent graduates. Covering approximately 85 percent of all Newark high school students who graduated between 2011 and 2016, the report examines college enrollment, persistence, and completion rates for graduates from traditional public, charter, vocational technical, and parochial schools.
- Newark Fairmount Promise Neighborhood: Needs Assessment and Segmentation Analysis (2015)
Authors: Jeffrey R. Backstrand, PhD and Molly Makris, PhD, with the assistance of Nicole Auffant, BA, Ryan Coughlan, MA, Mellie Rodriguez, PhD, Clare Gutwein, MS, and Kathryn Petersen
Funder: United States Department of Education.
- Post-Secondary Outcomes of Newark Public School Graduates (2004-2011): College Matriculation, Persistence & Graduation (2015)
Authors: Jeffrey R. Backstrand, PhD with Allison Roda, PhD, Laurie Cohen, MBA, Andre Keeton, PhD, Alan Sadovnik, PhD, Ryan Coughlin, MA, Camille Ferguson, MA, Cara Kronen, PhD, and Emma Rosenblum, AB
Funder: An anonymous donor.
- Using Time to Expand Learning Opportunities: Foundational Research Activities on the Elizabeth Public Schools (2015)
Authors: Allison Roda, PhD, Allison Roda, PhD, Laurie Cohen, MBA, Jeffrey Backstrand, PhD, and Alan Sadovnik, PhD
Funder: The Ford Foundation.