Department of Educational Administration & Policy Studies

The mission of the Department of Educational Administration & Policy Studies (EAPS) in the School of Education at the University at Albany is to enhance the understanding and practice of leading educational organizations and policy analysis across all levels of education.


Elizabeth vonWurmb, EAPS PhD 2013 graduate, presented a paper at The Global Learning Alliance 2014 Conference, which took place at Teachers College Columbia University in NYC April 8-10. The paper, “Assessing Musical Capacities: 21st Century Skill Acquisition Through the Learning of Instrumental Music in the K-12 Setting,” extends dissertation work done at UA with Dr. Alan P. Wagner. Dr. vonWurmb is the K-12 Fine Arts Coordinator in the Clarkstown Central School System.

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EAPS Policy Professor Ben Wildavsky writes about the need for a standard measure of student learning in an article on To read the full article, please click here.

EAPS PhD student Michelle Feder and EAPS professor Dr Hal Lawson have each received The 2014 President's Award for Exemplary Community Engagement. Michelle also received the President's Award for Leadership. Join us in congratulating Michelle and Hal for gaining these prestigious honors!

Dr. Aaron Benavot has been appointed as the new director of the Education for All Global Monitoring report. He will be taking a one-year leave of absence from the University to take up the position at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. For more information, click here.

Heinz-Dieter Meyer, Associate Professor of EAPS, received a National Endowment for the Humanities award to support two months of uninterrupted writing in completion of his book "The Institutional Design of the University: German, American, Global." The competitive award carries a stipend of 6000 dollars to be used by the recipient towards defraying research and writing related costs. Meyer's book, which he expects to finish by January 2015, is under contract with Routledge.

Gilbert Valverde and Renzo Roncagliolo Evaluating United States Education Development Assistance to the Dominican Republic

EAPS Associate Professor and Director of the Educational Evaluation Research Consortium, Gilbert Valverde, and EAPS doctoral alumnus Renzo Roncagliolo are working at the Pontifical Catholic University Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, on the monitoring and evaluation of a $16.7 million dollar project to strengthen primary school outcomes in Mathematics and Literacy. Responding to the findings of a prior $2 million dollar grant to Professor Valverde, which conducted a nationally representative longitudinal study of primary school learning in Mathematics and Reading in the Dominican Republic (the first of its kind ever conducted in Latin America), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) initiated the Effective Schools Program in partnership with the PUCMM. Dr. Valverde, assisted by Dr. Roncagliolo, directs the monitoring and evaluation of this multi-million dollar investment by the American people. (In the photo: Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation of the PUCMM, Professor Sarah González de Lora; Dr Valverde and Dr. Roncagliolo).

Kevin Kinser Quoted in The New Republic

EAPS Associate Professor and Chair Dr. Kevin Kinser was quoted in the New Republic article “Obama Is Cracking Down on For-Profit Colleges—And Liberals Should Applaud Him for It”. To read the full article, please click here.

Dante J. Salto, EAPS PhD student, publishes in a special issue on higher education governance

Governance through the market and the state: Postgraduate education in Argentina" appears in the special issue of Bordon: Journal of Education edited by Hugo Casanova Cardiel and Roberto Rodriguez Gomez. The special issue brings together some of the best- known Latin Americanists in the study of higher education. The article addresses the growing role of both market and state coordination in university governance at the graduate level in Argentina, Dante's dissertation topic. To view the full article, please click here.

EAPS welcomes our newest faculty member: Dr Mitch Leventhal joins us as a Professor of Professional Practice and Entrepreneurship from his former position as SUNY Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs. Leventhal has had extensive experience in the private sector and is an international leader in the area of global higher education management. His interests include global strategy, risk management, private equity flows, entrepreneurship, and cross-border mobility in higher education.

Sanford H. Levine Fellowship 2012-13 and 2013-14 Recipients: Jill Crombie-Borgos (2012-13), Mrs. Sanford H. Levine, Leigh Yannuzzi (2013-14) & Jason Toole via Skype, stationed in Alaska (2012-13)

Sanford H. Levine served a distinguished career in Higher Education Law and Policy, as counsel to the State University of New York and as professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies. In 2011, the Levine family, former colleagues and friends established a Fellowship in the name of Sanford H. Levine. The Fellowship recognizes doctoral students who have demonstrated evidence and show promise of leadership, service and commitment to higher education and policy. Those named Fellows receive support for conduct and completion of the doctoral project and or engagement in a professional development activity.

Dr. Gilbert A. Valverde, faculty member in EAPS and senior researcher with the Department’s Institute for Global Education Policy Studies (IGEPS), delivers his Presidential Address at the 58th Annual Meeting of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in Toronto, Canada on March 12, 2014. His address will also be published in the Comparative Education Review later this year. Dr. Valverde was elected President of the CIES, the oldest and largest scholarly society in the field, for the year 2013-14. In his address, entitled Educational Quality: Global Politics, Comparative Inquiry, and Opportunities to Learn, Dr. Valverde explores the global and domestic agents, regimes and structures that promote and embody policy concerned with educational quality and considers the challenges for scholarship and practice that these pose for Comparative and International Education. Click here to see the Presidential Address powerpoint

EAPS congratulates Professor Dr. Hal A. Lawson for receiving the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Review of Research Award for his article “New Conceptual Frameworks for Student Engagement Research, Policy, and Practice.” This award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon at the 2014 AERA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

EAPS congratulates Distinguished Professor Dr. Daniel C. Levy for receiving the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Higher Education SIG award for Lifetime Contribution to the field. The award will be presented at the CIES conference in Toronto, Canada, on 12 March 2014.

EAPS PhD student Leigh Yannuzzi has been accepted to participate in the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division K Graduate Student Seminar scheduled in conjunction with the Annual AERA Conference April 2nd and 3rd.

EAPS Doctoral Student Christine Farrugia Won the Harold Josephson Award

EAPS doctoral student Christine Farrugia has been named the 2014 recipient of the Harold Josephson Award for her outstanding graduate work in international education by The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). The award will be presented at the 2014 AIEA Conference in Washington DC on February 18. More about the award can be found here.

Daniel Levy Quoted in The New York Times

EAPS Distinguished Professor Dr. Daniel C. Levy was quoted in The New York Times article “A Testing Time for Private Schools in Eastern Europe”. To read the full article, please click here.

Kevin Kinser Quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

EAPS Associate Professor and Chair Dr. Kevin Kinser was quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article “For-Profit Colleges’ Winter Meeting Focuses on Employment”. To read the full article, please click here.

EAPS Doctoral Student Dante J. Salto Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

After a highly competitive selection process, the Organization of American States (OAS) has awarded a doctoral scholarship to Dante J. Salto.

“The OAS academic scholarship program is intended to support the completion of advanced university degrees and foster intercultural exchange for an equitable number of outstanding candidates from each OAS Member State each year.”

The program selects only two applicants per country within the Americas inclusive of all areas of study and is aimed at the overall development of one’s country. Final selection took place at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC.

More info can be found here. 

Kevin Kinser Quoted in Jerusalem Post Newspaper

EAPS Associate Professor and Chair Dr. Kevin Kinser was quoted in the Jerusalem Post article After Brandeis and Syracuse, a US school decides to stay with Al-Quds. To read the full article, please click here.

Kay Hinds-Skeete Appointed Senior Programme Officer in the Board of Undergraduate Studies, University of the West Indies

Our EAPS current Ph.D candidate Kay Hinds-Skeete (Thompson by marriage), has just been appointed Senior Programme Officer, Quality Assurance, in the Board of Undergraduate Studies, University of the West Indies, with responsibility for Cave Hill Campus. Kay is ABD, EAPS, Higher Education specialization, and has until now been Acting Senior Tutor (Head), Division of Commerce at the Barbados Community College.

Kevin Kinser and Jason Lane published a chapter in the new book The Development of Higher Education in Africa: Prospects and Challenges.

This volume addresses the fact that the global education revolution of the 20th century resulted in massive developments in education worldwide, but the higher education sector throughout Africa remains surprisingly underdeveloped. This book addresses the perceived and real gap in research productivity and scholarly reputation between African higher education and higher education systems in other parts of the world with rigorous in-depth analysis and discussion. Kevin Kinser and Jason Lane contributed a chapter titled Cross-Border Higher Education in Africa: Collaboration and Competition. To view the table of contents, please click here.

Prof. Liu Baocun and Dr. Teng Jun from Beijing Normal University paid a visit to our department on Oct. 7. Prof. Liu Baocun gave an informal talk on comparative and international education development in China.

Dr. Silvina Gvirtz, our EAPS visiting professor, was featured in an interview in the Huffington Post. Click here to read the interview. Dr. Silvina Gvirtz is General Executive Director of the Conectar Igualdad, a program that distributes notebook computers to all secondary school students in Argentina. She also serves as Professor at the Universidad de San Martín, Visiting Professor in the School of Education at UAlbany-SUNY and researcher in the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) in Argentina. Between December 2011 and August 2012, she was the Minister of Education of the Province of Buenos Aires.