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
- 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.
Please join us
Bridgeworks Distinguished Speaker Series
Friday, Oct. 7 &
Saturday Oct. 8, 2016
Developing Student Responsive Learning Environments
You can register here for either one or two days of our workshops
Find out more about our fantastic line-up of workshops & presentations >>
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 Snapshot” created 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.
UEPC Bridgeworks Speaker Series
In case you missed it, check out the video recording of our UEPC Bridgeworks Keynote
Speaker, Lynne Perez, from April 1, 2016. Perez is the Deputy Director for the National
Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) at San Diego State University. She
is a co-author of the book Teaching Practices from America’s Best Urban Schools: A Guide for School and Classroom
Teachers. In her talk she shared instructional practices commonly used in highly effective
schools that serve diverse student populations.
In case you missed it, we think you will enjoy this video recording of our UEPC Keynote
Speaker, Patrick Briggs, from January 15th, 2016. Briggs is the Texas State AVID Director
who gave a high energy presentation in which he encouraged us to examine our mindsets
and practices when considering if “all means all” including the importance of closing
the "Opportunity Gap." Let us know if you have a chance to watch it—we’d love to hear
your feedback! Click below to watch his presentation