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 Research, Educational Measurement and Psychometrics. 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.