Research and training to improve education outcomes

Informing education policy and training the next generation of education scholars
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Policy Impact

Increasing Economic Diversity at a Flagship University

Research shows that low-income students face unique barriers to applying to colleges. The HAIL (High Achieving Involved Leader) study at the University of Michigan explored whether providing an early, four-year guarantee of free tuition and fees could influence high-achieving, low-income students’ decisions to apply to a highly-selective university.
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EPI Faculty Co-Director

Christina Weiland

An expert in children’s development and the effects of early childhood interventions, Christina Weiland’s projects revolve around the active ingredients that drive children’s success. Weiland is currently leading a five-year study of preschool to third-grade students in the Boston Public Schools, among other projects.
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EPI Faculty Co-Director

Kevin Stange

An expert in empirical labor and public economics, Kevin Stange has studied college enrollment and persistence, college choice, and the effects of different pricing structures. He is currently conducting research on the ways in which higher education institutions respond to labor market demands and measures that can be used to determine the value of liberal arts education.
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A powerful resource

Michigan Education Data Center

EPI houses the Michigan Education Data Center, which helps researchers answer important questions―like does waiting a year to start kindergarten lead to better outcomes? MEDC houses more than 5 million education records from across the state of Michigan. More than 80 research projects use the data, focusing on early childhood education, school choice and mobility, literacy, P-20 pathways, and college success.
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