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The education policy and social foun­dations program, a rigorous two-year master's program, hasn't been avail­able since 2009 but resumed this fall.

The policy-focused track enriches the educational leadership and founda­tions program by addressing the larger social, political, and cultural contexts in which schools operate. It will pre­pare students to contribute to educa­tion change, policy, and research on a local, national, and global scale.

"We want to increase our influ­ence in terms of shaping the direction education goes, not only in Utah but also nationally," said policy committee associate chair Donald Baum. "We really see it as an opportunity for students who have interests in education and who want to make a difference in educa­tion but don't plan on being teachers or school administrators.”