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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.

 


UEPC News


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.


UEPC Bridgeworks Speaker Series


Dr. Lynne PerezLynn Perez

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. 

perez video


Patrick Briggs

Patrick Briggs
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
Patrick Briggs Video