AICER emerged in 2005 from several previous School of Education programs dedicated to research. The years 2005 - 2006 marked AICER’s planning phase, during which start-up funding was secured and the grants were written.  During 2008 an executive committee was instituted with a chair and board members.

The year 2008 marked the project implementation phase, with both short-term and long-term projects which continue to the present day.  These include the NSF Neurobiology Department Evaluation; Seventh-day Adventist Schools Profile Studies; Cross-cultural Perspective on College Students’ Beliefs Values and Spirituality; Making the Case for SDA Higher Education; School Online Support Services: Pilot Study Evaluation; Transitions from Public High School to Parochial Higher Education.

In 2011, AICER began to offer research and praxis symposia with the support of the graduate dean.  These seminars have provided faculty, students, and guest lecturers an opportunity to share research outcomes and solutions to research problems with on-line and live audience.  Graduate students have fulfilled class requirements through seminar attendance.