College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Center for Research in Educational Policy
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About CREP

One of Tennessee’s most prestigious centers, the Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) is a designated State Center of Excellence dedicated to improving PreK-12 education. A vital part of The University of Memphis’ research mission, we are proud to be one of the 21 research centers and institutes in the University of Memphis’ College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.  

The Center for Research in Educational Policy plans and conducts high-quality studies and evaluations to determine what works in schools. CREP has served as a direct contributor to research addressing the goals of Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind, as proposed by the National Academy of Sciences, the What Works Clearinghouse, and the Center on Innovation & Improvement. We meet the diverse needs of the educational community by designing valid and reliable instruments for data gathering.

With national recognition for work in areas such as school reform and choice, teaching methods, school climate, educational technology, student attitude assessment, teacher support, parent and community involvement, technology use, program implementation, and student achievement, the Center for Research in Educational Policy brings to the table diverse experience in education, evaluation, and practical solutions for schools.

 At CREP, we also offer objective third-party evaluations that meet the requirement for third-party evaluators mandated by most major grantors, such as NSF and IES. In addition to our sizable bank of valid and reliable instruments, we design customized quantitative and qualitative survey, observation, and interview tools to meet the third-party evaluation needs of each project.

We also employ formative evaluation methods for school improvement decision-making and support, as well as evaluate interventions for at-risk students including those with a focus on Literacy and Early Literacy; Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM); and School Climate and Culture.

While our work is wide-ranging, we have developed specialized areas of expertise. Click below to see a description and related works.

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • School Leadership
  • Literacy
  • School Climate and Culture
  • Educational Technology
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Services
  • School Improvement and Effectiveness


Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP)
325 Browning Hall
Memphis, TN 38152-3340
Office: (901) 678-2310
Toll free: 1-866-670-6147
Fax: (901) 678-4257

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