A project of the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Public Policy


The Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute was established in 1998 by the Virginia General Assembly as a joint project of VCU’s School of Education and VCU’s Center for Public Policy

Founding Executive Director William C. Bosher Jr., Ed.D., designed the institute to fill the need for a university-based educational policy research unit that focuses on Virginia and provides analysis for elected leaders and specialized training for education professionals. 

Since its inception, CEPI has:

  • Managed and implemented grants on behalf of the Virginia departments of Education, Health and Juvenile Justice Services.
  • Provided leadership in Virginia’s implementation of the State Action for Education Leadership Project through the Wallace Foundation. The project resulted in a legislative commission on the future of education leadership as well as training modules for use by colleges and universities.
  • Acted as co-primary investigator for a $5 million National Science Foundation grant.
  • Provided resource management reviews for local school systems throughout the commonwealth and North Carolina.
  • Sponsored an annual Education Law Conference from 2003 to 2009.
  • Conducted an annual training for state assembly education committee staffers from Virginia and three neighboring states from 1998 to 2002.
  • Published an annual Commonwealth Education Poll that began in 2000.
  • Published General Assembly Updates, a newsletter covering education issues during each legislative session.
  • Completed policy analysis projects for clients ranging from Virginia governors to local school boards.