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Education Policy and Social Analysis
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Education Policy and Social Analysis


Covering Hot Policy Issues

EPSA closed out the Fall 2013 semester with a panel discussion of the contemporary backlash against testing in the U.S. Panelists included EPSA faculty members considering its various roots and projecting its possible consequences. Pictured here: TC President Susan Fuhrman; EPSA Profs. Henig, Kagan, and Dougherty; Jal Mehta, from Harvard, and Rick Hess, from the American Enterprise Institute.
EPSA

EPSA Launch

EPSA, launched in 2011, in response to faculty and student desires for a more comprehensive approach to studying education issues and policies, brought together existing programs in Economics & Education, Politics & Education, Sociology and Education, and sparked the creation of a new interdisciplinary program in Education Policy.

Our Focus

We focus on how governments, markets, and societal conditions shape schooling and the broader enterprise of creating a population that is informed about the challenges and opportunities it confronts, able to critically analyze its needs and interests, and prepared to work together to make a better world.

EPSA Events

A panel of state and national leaders and EPSA faculty discuss proposals to ensure comprehensive educational services, like early education, expanded learning time, health services, and family support, for all students from poverty backgrounds at a conference convened by the Campaign for Educational Equity, an EPSA affiliate, in October 2011.

EPSA Courses

The Federal Policy Institute examines historical and current debates over federal educational policy-making through a week-long institute in Washington, D.C. linked with follow-up sessions at Teachers College. Understanding the realities of federal policy construction and implementation is essential both for educational leaders and all who hope to improve the nature of American education. Students are able to combine policy theory and experience with individuals who make and influence federal educational policy.
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Welcome to EPSA

  • Welcome Message from Our Chair

    Dear Current and Prospective Students, Faculty, and Alumni,

    If curriculum and classroom teaching are the meat and potatoes of schooling, education policy is the supply line that determines whether the basic ingredients are available, affordable, fresh, and of high quality. The faculty and programs that have come together in Teachers College's newest unit, the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis (EPSA) focus on how governments, markets, and societal conditions shape schooling and the broader enterprise of creating a population that is informed about the challenges and opportunities it confronts, able to critically analyze its needs and interests, and prepared to work together to make a better world.

    Read the full Welcome Message


News from EPSA

  • Tom Bailey in Inside Higher Ed on Tuition-Free Plans at Community Colleges

  • Professor Tom Bailey Says that Tuition-Free Plans Could Prompt "Steep Tuition Hikes" at Community Colleges

  • Aaron Pallas on NPR

  • Professor Aaron Pallas on NPR: Optional SAT is "Sensible," Especially for Colleges Seeking Diversity

  • Amy Stuart Wells in The Atlantic

  • Professor Amy Stuart Wells writes in The Atlantic about Ferguson's lessons for the future of the suburbs.

  • Amy Stuart Wells and Douglas Ready in The Washington Post.'s Answer Sheet. September. Sept. 8, 2014

  • America's Suburban Schools Facing new Pressures. One of the problems with many school reforms being implemented in schools today is that they are being done in isolation -'" from one another and from other policies that are necessary to actually allow the education changes to work. In the following post, two professors explain how housing policy affects America's suburban schools in a profound way. Amy Stuart Wells is a professor of sociology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Douglas Ready is an associate professor of education policy at Teachers College. Wells leads the Center for Understanding Race and Education at Teachers College, founded in 2008 for research and outreach activities related to issues of race in educational institutions.