“Student voices are the key to improving our educational institutions. We must inquire often, listen carefully, and utilize the findings to accelerate systemic change.”

– Dr. Carlos Ayala, GIA President & CEO


Centering Student Voices

Student-generated solutions are a critical component of equitable institutional transformation. GIA has undertaken numerous student voice research studies using an innovative multimodal cognitive method designed by Dr. Yvonne Olivares, which are generating valuable insights and actionable recommendations. We encourage you to take some time to explore and act on the insights found  below.


September, 2022

The Inland Empire Student Enrollment and Persistence Study aims to understand experiences of young adults in the Inland Empire who had planned/hoped to complete college but did not.

Teens and College: Inland Empire Student Perceptions, Plans, and Obstacles

December, 2021

Is college still valuable in the eyes of Inland Empire teens? An innovative “multimodal cognitive method” study provides insights on teen student perceptions of the value of college today and their knowledge of colleges, majors, and information resources. The study includes surprising insights and opportunities for positive small and large-scale impacts.

Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Inland Empire Community College Achievement

November, 2020

Inland Empire / Desert community college students who successfully transferred to a public or private university share their experiences navigating this process. During in-depth conversations, the students highlight the challenges they faced and the strategies they used to overcome them at various stages of their transfer journey. In addition, they share experiences about preparing for community college, maneuvering the community college system, managing external factors, and actualizing transfer.

University Students Share Feedback Amid the Global Pandemic

November, 2020

Two student groups in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside, share stories about pursuing graduate education goals amid the global pandemic. They discuss challenges students face, including the transformation of daily routines, difficulties navigating remote learning, and escalating mental health struggles.

Inland empire guided pathways student voice study

APRIL 2020

This study offers student-generated research findings and recommendations, highlighting campus-wide topics, online learning, career services, counseling, and student services.

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