The emphasis in Education Policy, Evaluation, and Reform enables students to examine the public policy issues and decision processes that shape PK-20 education in the United States. Through coursework and other experiences, students explore the economic, political, and technical factors underlying policy formulation, public decision-making, implementation, and evaluation. They identify actors inside and outside government who are most responsible for policy decisions, and they examine the instruments policymakers use to accomplish their goals. Students delve deeply into both the content of education policies and the theories that explain policy outcomes. Most important, students in Policy, Evaluation, and Reform develop an understanding of the role policy plays in shaping educational opportunity for students, families, and society.
SES faculty approach issues of Policy, Evaluation, and Reform from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including economics, law, political science, psychology, sociology, and statistics. Faculty also approach these issues from a variety of professional experiences in government and electoral politics at federal, state, and local levels, and from continuing research and consulting activities that keep them engaged with policymakers, educational leaders, and advocates.
SES Policy, Evaluation, and Reform students typically approach policy issues through the lens of their own substantial professional experiences and leadership responsibilities in schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations, making Policy, Evaluation, and Reform seminars lively forums grounded in contemporary issues of education policy and practice. In addition to SES courses, we encourage students to explore relevant courses, such as policy process, policy design and implementation, cost-benefit analysis, and policy evaluation, that are available in other schools at CGU.
The MA prepares individuals to enter careers as analysts, program evaluators, and public service leaders in legislative and executive agencies, policy research organizations, nonprofit organizations, consulting firms, and foundations.
The PhD program enables students to undertake advanced interdisciplinary study of theoretical and applied topics in education policy, preparing them for careers in research, teaching, and public sector leadership.