When Politics and Education Run Afoul

By Watson Scott Swail, President and CEO of Educational Policy Institute and EPI International The conduct of public discourse in the United States worries me. Over the last few months, we’ve seen ugly, staged scenes of aggression and partisanship at health care public meetings; brutal disregard at the President’s speech to Congress; and the total politicization of the President’s Education Address to students. If those instances aren’t … Continue reading When Politics and Education Run Afoul

GEARing UP for Success

By Watson Scott Swail, President and CEO of Educational Policy Institute and EPI International This past week I was in San Francisco for the Annual GEAR UP Conference, held by my friends at the National Council for Community and Educational Partnerships, or NCCEP. This year marked the 10th anniversary of both GEAR UP and NCCEP, the latter started by my friend Hector Garza, who has created the … Continue reading GEARing UP for Success

Retention as a Budget Saver

By Watson Scott Swail, President and CEO of Educational Policy Institute and EPI International Next week is a big week for EPI, as we stage the Fourth Annual International Conference on Student Retention, or RETENTION 2009, in New Orleans, Louisiana. This sounds like a marketing lead to our conference, starting May 27th in New Orleans, Louisiana, with CNN Hero of the Year Liz McCartney and former Philadelphia … Continue reading Retention as a Budget Saver

Time to Measure Up

By Watson Scott Swail, President and CEO of Educational Policy Institute and EPI International Every two years, the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education releases its biennial report, “Measuring Up,” which documents the progress (or lack thereof) of states and the nation on an assortment of indicators, including college preparation, high school completion, college access, affordability, college completion, and ROI (returns on investment). The Center … Continue reading Time to Measure Up

Public or Private: What Should the Obamas Do?

By Watson Scott Swail, President and CEO of Educational Policy Institute and EPI International No, it’s not the economy. Not the Iraq and Afghan wars. Nor is it about Bill Ayers (who was on Good Morning America this morning; a must see interview).  No, it seems the media (that bad, bad liberal media) is focused on… yes, where the Obama children will go to school (see our … Continue reading Public or Private: What Should the Obamas Do?