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Founded in 1998 by Dr. Bill Bosher, the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute continues his legacy of providing insight to policymakers and the public about the intersection of education policy with other public policy areas.  

A project of the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Public Policy

Our services

The Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute, a program of the Office for Public Policy Outreach in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, provides non-partisan policy analysis to the public and education policymakers. In addition to contracted research projects, CEPI conducts the Commonwealth Education Poll and provides weekly updates from the General Assembly session about education-related issues as a public service.

General Assembly Updates

Read weekly summaries about education-related bills during each year’s legislative session.

CEPI polls

Our annual survey gauges public support for currents issues affecting education.

  • 2017 Summer Commonwealth Education Poll (now part of the Wilder School Public Policy Poll - includes info on K12 and Campus Safety‌ and workforce development)

Topics covered in the K12 and Campus Safety release include opinion on school and campus safety, ways of measuring school success and whether protection from discrimination or unlimited freedom of expression should be emphasized by university administrators. Topics covered in the Economic Development release include opinion on higher education performance.

The 2016-17 Commonwealth Education Poll is a statewide survey of adult public opinion in Virginia on a range of education policy questions. This poll is conducted by VCU’s Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute (CEPI), a program of the Office for Public Policy Outreach in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.