Education is one the largest expenditures of state and local governments, and educational costs continue to rise. Yet many are dissatisfied with the performance of the education system—both the low levels of achievement relative to our international peers and the considerable opportunity and achievement gaps that separate racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups. As governments face increasingly tight budgets, they are turning to new and novel policies and interventions to address our educational challenges.
The 20-unit minor is designed to equip students with both substantive and methodological skills relating to the analysis of education policy. Students gain from the expertise of faculty in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the USC Rossier School of Education. The program's content courses introduce students to the most pressing policy issues in education today.