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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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Education Policy Center
201 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