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EPI Welcomes Evaluation Expert to Staff

TORONTO, ON -- April 18, 2007 -- The Educational Policy Institute (EPI) is pleased to announce that Dr. Lori McElroy will be joining the Institute as a Senior Scientist. Prior to joining EPI, Dr. McElroy has been a consultant, managed her own consulting firm, and worked as a researcher and manager in the British Columbia public sector at the province's Centre for Education Information. Dr. McElroy, who holds a doctorate in experimental psychology, brings with her to EPI a significant publication record in the field of education, most notably in the field of student aid and student retention. She also has substantial experience in program evaluation, having led about two dozen evaluation projects, and with this important background, will be taking charge of EPI's growing practice in program evaluation.


"Dr. McElroy is an outstanding scholar and researcher who provides us with additional support in the area of program evaluation and policy analysis," said Dr. Watson Scott Swail, EPI President. While based in Victoria, BC, Dr. McElroy will conduct work in the US and Canada, supporting both the EPI headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as well as EPI Canada's office in Toronto, Ontario.


As part of her terms of employment with EPI, Dr. McElroy will continue some private practice and her contractual arrangements with existing clients will not be affected by her new position at EPI.


EPI welcomes Dr. McElroy to its growing team of researchers dedicated to improving public policy in post-secondary education. Dr. McElroy may be reached by email at


The Educational Policy Institute (EPI), a non-profit, non-partisan research organization, with offices in Virginia Beach (US), Toronto (CAN), and Melbourne (AUS), is dedicated to policy-based research on educational opportunity for all students. The mission of EPI is to expand educational opportunity for low-income and other historically underrepresented students through high-level research and analysis.


Contact the Educational Policy Institute at or 757.271.6380.




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The Educational Policy Institute is a non-profit research center focused in issues of educational opportunity, especially for our most needy populations. Based in Virginia Beach with offices in Toronto and Melbourne, EPI conducts program evaluation, policy analysis, and conducts professional development opportunities for educational professionals throughout the education continuum. Visit the EPI website at