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EPI Awarded Research Contracts from Imagine America Foundation, Texas Education Agency


VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, November 24, 2008 — The Educational Policy Institute (EPI), a non-profit think tank on education, was recently awarded two research contracts.

The Imagine America Foundation awarded EPI a contract to conduct a Postsecondary Graduation Rates Study. Using national datasets from the US Department of Education, EPI will analyze the graduation rates of students attending postsecondary institutions. This study will examine the extent to which graduation rates for institutions can be predicted within certain ranges of student body demographics, and will determine whether certain types of institutions have graduation rates that are significantly above those expected rates. As part of this project, EPI will prepare a detailed literature review of the factors associated with postsecondary student drop-out, persistence, and degree attainment.

EPI was also awarded a contract by the Texas Education Agency to assist with the development of a plan to expand the scope of work of the Texas High School Project (THSP) Evaluation to include additional grantees as well as funds provided by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF). As part of the project, EPI will conduct a review and analysis of the original evaluation request for proposal, the incumbent evaluator’s redacted response, and MSDF funding priorities, and will interview various stakeholders at several funding organizations to assess interests and priorities.

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The Educational Policy Instituteis a 501(c)3 corporation based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with offices in Toronto, Canada, and Melbourne, Australia. The mission of the Educational Policy Institute is to “expand educational opportunity for low-income and other historically-underrepresented students through high-level research and analysis.” For more information on EPI, visit