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Influencing Policy and Reform

Policymakers often seek the expertise of Michigan State University faculty members as they address critical education decisions across the state and country. This includes, for example, partnerships with state and federal agencies, writing white papers, testifying before legislators and serving on committees of the National Research Council and other organizations that influence the national and international agenda.

The faculty strives to keep Michigan’s educational leaders and lawmakers informed about latest research findings and best practices with implications for current policy issues.

Education Policy Innovation Collaborative

The Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) conducts pioneering data analysis and works in partnership with schools, districts and state education agencies to deliver timely findings directly to decision-makers. The researchers' approach to inform education policy issues, such as teacher quality, school improvement and school choice, focuses not only on what works, but how, why and for whom. EPIC conducts research with consquence, especially when it comes to improving K-12 education for students in urban, rural and historically disadvantaged communities.

State partnerships for school improvement

The Office of K-12 Outreach has partnered with the State of Michigan on a variety of research-based, practitioner-oriented programs for more than 20 years.

Michigan Consortium for Educational Research (MCER)

The Michigan Consortium for Educational Research (MCER) is a partnership between Michigan State University, University of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Education. The goal of MCER is to engage key stakeholders and experts in high quality education research for the benefit of public education in Michigan and nationwide. The consortium seeks to answer contemporary education policy questions. MCER provides research-based evidence to policymakers and administrators in Michigan and informs national policy initiatives for improving education.

President’s Education Forums

The President's Education Forums, co-sponsored by the MSU Office of the President, inform Michigan policymakers and education leaders about current policy issues while fostering discussion around research and best practice.

Project Excellence

Faculty and doctoral students from Michigan State University’s Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies evaluate critical aspects of rehabilitation services provided by the state of Michigan through a program called Project Excellence. The long-standing partnership with Michigan Rehabilitation Services has influenced significant improvements for citizens with disabilities seeking help with employment.