CREATE was established in 1997 as UC San Diego’s entity to support local K-12 outreach and college preparation efforts, specifically for students too often underrepresented in college. Our charge was to marshal campus resources towards support of K-12 education in the San Diego region through supporting local students and their teachers. Increasingly, we consult with colleagues on improving underrepresented students’ experience in the 12-20 (university-level) pipeline as well. Our work now addresses the preK-20/career pipeline in our region and university. Our goal is to leverage our university's resources to support the education of high-need students in the region.
With a laser-like focus on addressing the educational “pipeline” since our inception, CREATE now works to help colleagues across the university and San Diego community investigate pipeline gaps and consider how education efforts can have maximum impact on educational outcomes. We leverage and network UC San Diego faculty, staff and students to local educators, and we help UC San Diego colleagues design outreach with the goal of collective impact on local education. Beyond our important in-house programs, UC San Diego PIs and students regularly approach us requesting our full range of support in outreach design and evaluation, or requesting our help linking to schools, districts, and local education innovators.
Within CREATE are important teacher professional development (PD) and student academic preparation organizations connected to thousands of the region's teachers and students, allowing us to build local networking relationships central to designing any education improvement effort. Within our walls, you’ll find an innovative team of researchers, youth mentors, and professional development experts working with the state and region’s teachers:
We're busy addressing the regional challenge of developing the next generation’s potential through the following work:
Do you want to shape a project toward maximum impact on local young people? Want to mentor young people yourself, or support the region’s teachers? Know of a local innovation more people should hear about? Need to evaluate an educational effort? Contact us!
By linking UC San Diego’s resources, people, and energy to ongoing efforts in the San Diego region, we demonstrate daily that it takes a network committed to student success to develop the potential of our next generation.