Educational Policy, Research, & Administration

Student visiting from Pakistan presenting in class

he Department of Education Policy, Research, and Administration (EPRA) promotes scholarship and pedagogy that focuses on leading-edge education policy issues. Our faculty and students engage in research, outreach, learning, and evaluation activities that integrate theoretical perspectives with current issues of policy and practice and they contribute to scholarly discourse, policy deliberations, and leadership development, and broadening of access in education. The programs prepare educators and leaders to critically analyze, interpret, and use information, and to facilitate students becoming agents of their own learning.

Our mission is to

  • prepare leaders in educational policy and administration in three primary contexts: PreK-12 schooling; higher or post-secondary education; and 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.

EPRA Handbook