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Utah Education Policy Center Mission

The Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) is an independent, non-partisan University of Utah research center in the College of Education that bridges research, policy, and practice for Utah public schools and higher education. The UEPC seeks to inform and influence educational policy in Utah and the region to increase educational equity, excellence, access, and opportunities for all children and adults in Utah. The Utah Education Policy Center:

  • Engages in timely and rigorous educational research and evaluation,
  • Provides reliable answers to questions about the success of current educational practices and programs,
  • Guides policymakers, decision-makers, and practitioners on the utilization of research findings to improve policies and practices, and
  • Collaborates with practitioners to improve educational practices through planning, coaching, and outcome-focused processes.

The Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) is a founding partner in the Utah Data Alliance, Utah’s state longitudinal data system. Five other partners include the Utah State Office of Education (public education), Utah System of Higher Education, Utah College of Applied Technology, Utah Education Network, and the Department of Workforce Services. UEPC serves as the research coordinator for the Utah Data Alliance. UEPC coordinates access for individuals and organizations interested in collaborating with the Utah Data Alliance, or researchers interested in accessing data for research purposes. Dashboards, research reports, aggregated data and more information about the Utah Data Alliance is available online.




Classrooms not Courtrooms: Fostering Student Success Through Restorative Justice Practices

February 24-25, 2017

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In collaboration with the Utah State Board of Education, the UEPC published three Utah teacher turnover briefs and a summary brief.

Click here to read the briefs.

Dr. Andrea Rorrer and Allison Nicholson were featured in a Deseret News article about the Informed Decisions 2016 Utah Educators Policy Brief. The UEPC authored the brief in partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

In partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, the UEPC co-published an Informed Decisions 2016 Election Brief on early learning. Click here to read.

In case you missed it!

Bridgeworks Distinguished Speaker Series

Developing Student Responsive Learning Environments

Click HERE  to see a video of Dr. Terry Scott's presentation on engagement and classroom management. (Please do not use the video for trainings without permission from Dr. Scott). 

Check back for more videos from the two days!

Join us for the next event focused on Restorative Justice Practices on February 24th, 2017

Andrea RorrerDr. Andrea Rorrer presented on teacher retention in Utah at the Joint Education Conference. View the PowerPoint slides here.

Allison Nicholson, Research Associate at the UEPC, and Dianne Meppen, Director of Survey Research at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, sit down with ABC 4 Utah to discuss education issues important to the voters as identified by Informed Decisions 2016. See the interview>>

Check out this Education Focus Group Snapshotcreated for the "Informed Decisions 2016,” a collaborative project of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and the Hinckley Institute of Politics, in partnership with the Deseret News and KSL Broadcasting. The snapshot summarizes findings from focus groups in April and May 2016 to identify important issues and policy options on the minds of the public and policy experts related to early childhood education, Utah’s teaching workforce, and postsecondary education.

Check out our Teacher Shortages Data Brief

Check out our new Data Driven Leadership briefs

Check out our new Technology in Education briefs.


Last Updated: 2/16/17