In 2002, we created the Educational Policy Institute to inform policymakers, educators, and other stakeholders on issues related to education and educational opportunity and equity. Over the years, we have conducted policy and evaluation work for such organizations as the US Department of Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and school districts and colleges and universities around the United States and Canada.
Education at both the compulsory and postsecondary levels is a critical public concern and remains one of the largest budget items for governments. The increasing cost of educating our youth and the burgeoning cost of college is a concern in times of constricted public budgets. Policymakers require better tools and information in order to make prudent decisions about how best to spend taxpayer funds and serve the public interest. At EPI, we focus on conducting research that can arm policymakers with better information and serve society to the best of their ability.
As well, our extensive effort in the area of student retention has resulted in our creation of SwailLandis, an EPI subsidiary dedicated to improving practice at postsecondary institutions. Our development of special tools to help support faculty and staff in the development of new policies and practices to encourage students to stay on campus is an important example of this work. And our conferences and workshops in this area allow us to work directly with these individuals in hopes of making direct, positive change.
We sincerely hope you find our efforts useful and informative. Please take time to review our brochures below or download our Capability Statement here, and contact us directly to find out more about how the Educational Policy Institute can help you.