Blog Written by Ayesha Boyce, PhD
Led by fearless leader John Willse, The Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS; a division of UNCG’s Department of Educational Research Methodology) aims to make quality measurement and program evaluation happen in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina, and beyond. We do this by offering exceptional consulting services and technical resources in assessment, program evaluation, and data analysis AND by providing our ERM graduate students extensive hands-on, applied experiences to support their training and professional growth. Through these two services, the ERM department delivers valuable research and evaluation support to organizations while also providing a rich training ground for the next generation of leaders in our field.
ERM faculty are superstars, and soon-to-be superstars within their fields, and we are incredibly proud of what we do in OAERS. Some of our clients include: UNCG University Libraries, North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, The National Folk Festival, US Lacrosse, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, UNCG Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Team, and North Carolina Central University.
But with a name like ours/OAERS, we realized recently that we needed to improve our branding and web presence, to expand our name recognition, impact and reach. That’s when we called upon Impact Through Innovation (ITI).
After an informative meeting with Scott Young we decided to apply for ITI funding, and our application was approved! The ITI funds have allowed us to make some exciting changes. We have developed a new website including updated content and professional graphic design. In addition, we have developed a new series of eye-catching logos that brand OAERS with its parent department (ERM) and UNCG. The logos will be used in proposals, reports, presentations, and on our website.
We believe that OAERS can now be even more successful at meeting our goals as we have professionalized the presentation of the work we conduct. We expect the new and improved website to “become live” in February 2018. Thank you, ITI!