Author Archives: Educational Policy Institute

About Educational Policy Institute

The Educational Policy Institute is a Washington, DC-based research think tank on education and the social sciences. EPI conducts evaluation and policy studies on various educational issues from Pre-K to workforce outcomes in the United States, Canada, and beyond. Visit us at educationalpolicy.org.

Double Lighting

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute   Last night I was stopped at a red light. It was late. Not very many cars around. The lights cycled but never gave me a green light. It … Continue reading

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The Only Thing We Have to Fear…

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute Please listen to our podcast version of The Swail Letter. It’s fun.   Fear seems to be ruling the world right now, especially within the United States. The population … Continue reading

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Gaining Faculty Buy-In for Student Retention & Success

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute   Improving student persistence on campus is a primary objective for college and universities. What we clearly understand is that some students have more challenges than others with regard … Continue reading

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 Learning When to Take a Knee

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute   When I was a teenager growing up in Winnipeg, I played football and team handball. Those were my two “go to” sports. I was good at both, better … Continue reading

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Improving College Access and Success

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute There is much talk about increasing college access and success for students in the United States, especially for those populations who are historically underrepresented in higher education, such as … Continue reading

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A New Plan for Student Debt?

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute   Although four years late, House Republicans and Democrats are looking at a potential reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which used to be reauthorized every four … Continue reading

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The Higher Education Machine

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute   I receive emails and have emails forwarded to me of the many companies that provide consulting services to higher education. As a disclaimer, EPI provides consulting as well, … Continue reading

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The SAT, ACT, and College Admissions

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute We invite colleagues to listen to the most interesting podcast of this Swail Letter below. THREE WEEKS AGO I wrote a Swail Letter called College Admissions, Selectivity, and Grit. The article … Continue reading

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The Complex “Question” of Gender Identity

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute Which gender are you? Seems like a simple question, but not so much anymore. With the coming US Census as well as other annual surveys by the federal government … Continue reading

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In Need of Institutional Grit

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute To listen to today’s Swail Letter on your device, click on the podcast icon below. Last week I wrote about the issues of college admissions, selectivity, and grit. I … Continue reading

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