The Educational Policy Institute


October 26, 2018




The Educational Policy Institute is pleased to release a new Policy Perspectives publication, “Data Collection Efforts at Postsecondary Institutions.” This paper is the end result of a study conducted by EPI in association with the AAAS Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity between 2008 and 2012 to identify and describe current and recent efforts at the institutional, state, regional, and national levels to collect individual student data for tracking progress in postsecondary education in order to provide comprehensive information on promising and usable efforts to collect data. The study was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The final report was never publicly released until now.

The genesis of this project stemmed from a January 2008 meeting hosted by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (ALPU), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), where the discussion focused on tracking student progress at engineering schools across the United States. Little was known about the outcomes of engineering students and the conclusions of the meeting resulted in this study. EPI, with proficiency in student retention and success, was one of the players in the original conversation and became the lead research agency on this project. Thus, the focus of the report is on the ability to track college students, with special focus on engineering students.
EPI conducted a literature review, interviewed experts from around the country, and collected data from over 800 higher education professionals. The report concludes that the predominant view is that a national student unit record system would be a useful, if not critical, tool for public policy. To be realistic, such as system would likely have to be voluntary in nature without a federal mandate.

To learn more about this study and read the associated report, please click here.

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EPI Research Project Update

New Research Brochures

EPI has released new brochures outlining its research and other work.

EPI Evaluates AVID Peer Tutoring Program

The Educational Policy Institute is conducting a study on peer tutoring for AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a San Diego-based non-profit that trains over 70,000 educators each year to help students prepare for college, careers, and life. The purpose of this study is to determine whether peer tutors can provide a similar and acceptable level of service to students as compared to college-level tutors.

USAID Releases EPI Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Report

The US Agency for International Development, known as USAIDrecently released a cost-effectiveness analysis of the Reading Enhancement for Advancing Development (READ) program in Bangladesh. The project is administered by Save the Children International and was designed with the objective of “Improved reading competencies among grade I, II, and III students in selected READ schools in selected districts.”

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