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2013 Research Centers

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Utah Education Policy Center

The 2012-2013 year has been an exciting and productive one for the Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) in the College of Education.  The UEPC continues to purposefully develop our professional network and engage in rigorous, timely research with educational leaders, schools, districts, community based organizations, and the state.  Over the past year, the UEPC has expanded its evaluation and research services to include the development and administration of online satisfaction surveys that are being used by local schools and districts as well as the Utah State Office of Education in its educator effectiveness work.  Additionally, WestEd has recently selected the UEPC to serve as the external evaluator for their federally funded West Comprehensive Center.  The UEPC will conduct a five-year evaluation study of WestEd’s efforts to provide technical assistance and build capacity of state offices of education in Arizona, Nevada and Utah.  The UEPC has also maintained research and evaluation work on programs such as the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program, STEM enhancement at elementary and secondary levels, teacher preparation and alternative routes to licensure, dual language immersion, early intervention programs, and a Promise Neighborhood initiative, among other initiatives.  UEPC also continues to provide technical assistance to local schools and districts to build leadership capacity as they progress through the school improvement process.

The UEPC continued as the primary research partner with the Utah Data Alliance (UDA), which provides vast opportunities for longitudinal research, analysis, and reporting.  The Utah Data Alliance is a collaboration of agencies in Utah that develops and maintains Utah’s only comprehensive statewide longitudinal data system to enable examination of educational progress and outcomes over time, from preschool, and K12 through postsecondary public education and into the workforce.

The UEPC’s growing staff of research associates and graduate assistants continues to bring experience, talent, and expertise to the work we do to influence quality improvement in educational leadership, policies, and practices in Utah.  The UEPC’s Director, Andrea Rorrer, Ph. D., served as President of the University Council for Educational Administration during the 2011-2012 year.  Two new research associates, Erica Orians and Amanda Taggart, joined the UEPC team this past year adding new dimensions and expertise to our team.  The UEPC is excited to continue working with other scholars and practitioners as we expand our evaluation, research, and technical assistance services to collectively bridge research, policy, and practice for Utah public schools and higher education.

Last Updated: 3/15/21