There was-and still is-no doubt in my mind that education represents nothing less than the doorway to personal fulfillment, social justice, true freedom and actual equality among all Americans.
The Education Policy Center is the oldest center or institute at The University of Alabama, dating to the 1920s. Through its ongoing research and programs, it seeks to assist the College of Education in fulfilling its mission to improve the quality of life for all Alabamians through expanding access and success, strengthening equity, and advancing economic and community development.
The Center accomplishes its work through a dynamic research and policy agenda that seeks to inform and improve policy-making and practice at the national, state and local levels. Our coordinated program of basic and applied research deploys our extensive background in historical analyses of education-related issues to assist education practitioners and policymakers in the State of Alabama, the Deep South, and the nation. Associate Director Wayne J. Urban directs EPC's research on elementary and secondary education, while Director Stephen G. Katsinas directs EPC's research on postsecondary access and finance, college completion, Pell Grants, and rural community colleges. Richard L. Rice, Jr., directs The University of Alabama Superintendent's Academy, which prepared persons from under-represented groups for leadership roles in Alabama's 137 public city and county school districts, and provides Alabama school districts regularly updated handbooks on school finance, curricular leadership, personnel, and public relation to foster student achievement, completion, and success.
The primary focus of the Education Policy Center is to study these areas:
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Dr. Stephen Katsinas
The Education Policy Center's Annual Report
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