EPRA

EPRA

Department Chair:  Gretchen Rossman
Room 155, Hills House South
(413) 545-4377

Mission

The EPRA department promotes scholarship and pedagogy focused on cutting-edge education policy
issues in four academic concentrations: Educational Leadership; Higher Education; International
Education; and Psychometric Methods, Educational Statistics, and Research Methods (formerly the
Research & Evaluation Methods Program). Faculty and graduate students engage in research, outreach,
and learning activities that integrate theoretical perspectives with current issues of policy and practice.
The department contributes to scholarly discourse, policy deliberations, and leadership development,
relying on advanced educational research and evaluation methodologies.

Our mission is to:

  • prepare leaders in educational policy and administration in three primary contexts:
    • PreK-12 schooling
    • higher or post-secondary education
    • international contexts
  • conduct rigorous research and evaluation that contribute to the development of evidence-based
    policies, program, and practices;
  • advance research and evaluation methodologies to contribute to the discourse about effective
    knowledge generation and decision making in educational settings.

Faculty and students value diversity, critical inquiry, use of information for decision-making and systemic
reform, engaging learning environments, individual agency, and reflective practice. The graduate
programs provide opportunities to respect and encourage diversity; to critically analyze, interpret, and use
information; and to facilitate students as agents of their own learning.