Epic School Partnerships –

Networking to ensure every student graduates ready to learn, work, and succeed after high school.

Policy and Practice –

Innovating policy and practice to engage educators and decision makers at the state and local levels.

Bridge the Divide 

Fostering partnerships for seamless curriculum alignment: K–12 to community colleges to 4-year institutions to careers.

Research and Evaluation

Developing deeper understanding through program evaluation, analysis, and alignment services.

The Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC), founded as a nonprofit research center in 2002 by David Conley, PhD, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of college and career readiness. EPIC provides research and tools to empower states, districts, schools, and teachers to prepare students for success beyond high school.

EPIC’s work and research is based on Dr. Conley’s Four Keys to College and Career Readiness—referring to the content knowledge, skills, and habits that students must possess to be successful in postsecondary education or training that leads to a sustaining career. A student who is college or career ready can qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing postsecondary courses without the need for remedial or developmental coursework.