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With 18,000+ homeless students in Mich., Associate Professor Josh Cowen looks at who these students are, where they live and why this matters for education policy.


Education Policy Center

The Education Policy Center (EPC) at Michigan State University serves the state and the nation by providing

  • research findings on key education policy issues
  • reliable education data, and
  • expert, non-partisan testimony

to a variety of audiences to inform decision-making at the local, state and national levels. In addition, the Center supports the work of doctoral candidates and serves as a venue for researchers across disciplines to publish education-related work in both scholarly and mainstream formats. 


Director William Schmidt and Co-Director Robert Floden, both recognized as University Distinguished Professors by the MSU Board of Trustees, work with two dozen faculty members in the College of Education and in other departments across the university to bring top thinking to bear on the challenges facing education policy makers.

Focus On

Focus On summarizes the work of EPC faculty associates on topics of particular interest to policy makers. Readers can find links to EPC working papers freely available to read online or download, as well as links to information on relevant faculty research published in scholarly journals. The first Focus On topics are charter schools, and school choice.

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The Changing Face of Teacher Preparation
Watch leading education researchers discuss the future of teacher preparation policy at EPC's conference on teacher preparation. This day-long conference was held on April 22nd on the MSU campus and featured a distinguished group of scholars who discussed a wide variety of approaches to initial teacher preparation, setting these in historical context and addressing the crucial questions of what is known about program quality, what constitutes program quality, and how policy should be shaped in light of the variation in approach and goals.




Education Policy Center
236 Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824

William Schmidt
Director, Education Policy Center
238 Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824