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From page 45...
... to document whether or not the STC program' s research centers were, in the aggregate, accomplishing their research, education, and knowledge transfer objectives consistent with the original rationale for the STC program; and 3) to provide inputs to a pilot evaluation process under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA)
From page 46...
... The historical review developed information on changes in basic program structure, program goals and changes, eligibility, guidelines, criteria for review, review procedures, and management policies and practices. Secondary data included information from OSTI and NSF databases and OSTI copy files on the 25 STCs with respect to center funding, staff, and students; copies of the original grant-award jackets; files on the third-year reviews required for all centers and conducted via site visits by peer researchers.
From page 47...
... Collectively, the quotations document qualitatively the wide variations in research foci, educational outreach, and knowledge transfer among centers, and the strengths and weaknesses of the center concept and its administration by NSF. Also useful are the individual center profiles, which contain time-series data on sources of support, graduate and undergraduate educational activity, educational outreach-activity, and interaction with industry and federal agencies.
From page 48...
... In the former case, the principal investigators' self-reports of the centers' most-important achievements and impacts could have been compared with the available NSF site-visit reports for each center and with the center-profile data on graduate and undergraduate education, educational outreach, and industry activity. In the latter case, the perceptions of principal investigators could have been compared with those of advisory board chairs.

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