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Stanford University Predoctoral Training Program in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis

Year: 2014
Name of Institution:
Stanford University
Goal: Training
Principal Investigator:
Reardon, Sean
Award Amount: $4,000,000
Award Period: 5 years (8/1/2014 - 7/31/2019)
Award Number: R305B140009


Co-Principal Investigator: Michelle Reininger

The Stanford University Predoctoral Training Program in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis, initially funded by the Institute in 2009, is designed to provide doctoral students in the Graduate School of Education and social science disciplines (especially Sociology, Political Science, and Psychology) with advanced training in state-of-the-art quantitative methods for use in discipline-based education policy analysis. Education policy, for the purposes of this program, encompasses federal and state education policy and law, and school district policies and practices pertaining to school leadership, human resources, curricula, and instructional practices. It also includes the impact of other social policies (e.g., immigration law and policy) as they pertain specifically to educational processes and outcomes.

Over the course of the five-year grant, Stanford will offer approximately 32 doctoral students two-year or four-year training fellowships that yearly include tuition and benefits, $30,000 stipends, and a small research fund. PhD students in the training program will participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum consisting of coursework in education policy, discipline-based theory, applied quantitative research methods, and practical skills for conducting effective research in collaboration with education practitioners and institutions. In addition, students will receive additional training through research apprenticeships with core faculty in the training program, a practicum in education research partnerships, a series of annual summer training workshops, an ongoing educational policy analysis speaker series, and a series of mini-conferences on educational policy analysis.

The total projected costs of the training program are $7.5 million. In addition to the $4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, Stanford will be contributing $3.5 million, or 47 percent of the total, to cost-share fellows’ stipends/tuition and provide program support not covered by federal funding.

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Related IES Projects: Stanford University previously received an award in 2009 to implement its training program.