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EPI International Receives Major US Department of Education Contract

WASHINGTON, DC —September 24, 2011 — EPI International, a Washington, DC-based research corporation dedicated to the study of educational opportunity, has been awarded funding from the US Department of Education to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for analysis and formative assessment of the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL), Business and International Education (BIE), and National Resource Centers (NRC) Programs.

The UISFL, BIE and NRC programs are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended and were subsequently reauthorized under the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) in August 2008. The grantees that are to be reviewed for this assessment are the Fiscal Year (FY) 2000 – 2008 awardees.

EPI International is a collective association of researchers and policy analysts from around the world dedicated to the mission of enhancing knowledge of critical barriers facing students and families throughout the educational pipeline. EPI was founded to fulfill a need for rigorous educational research and to create strong linkages between research and public policy. Much of the focus of EPI's work is on the perspective of individuals from low-income backgrounds, who are of color, and who have physical and cognitive disabilities, as these constituents often have the least voice in public policy discussions.

For the project, Assessing Program Performance and Planning Next Steps for the Title VI UISFL, BIE and NRC Programs, EPI will work closely with staff from the Department of Education's program on International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) to conduct focus groups and/or individual interviews with various stakeholders; refine, pilot, and administer surveys to project directors; analyze annual reports from grantees; convene meetings with Technical Advisory Groups; conduct thorough formative assessments; develop sustainable evaluation strategies; and familiarize IFLE staff with the evaluation design.

The project begins in September 2011 and concludes in September 2012.

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For more information, contact EPI at (703) 875-0701 or kquinn@educationalpolicy.org.