Patrick J. Murphy

Professor of Politics, University of San Francisco

Patrick Murphy is a CRPE Senior Research Affiliate and Professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco. He currently is the Director of Research and Senior Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. His research focuses on public management, finance, and public policy issues. He has published in the areas of K-12 education, higher education, and illicit drug policy. Previously, he worked for the RAND Corporation and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Murphy received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and a MPA from the University of Texas.

The Capacity Challenge: What It Takes for State Education Agencies to Support School Improvement

This study explores the primary obstacles that inhibit state education agencies from better supporting school and district improvement.

The SEA of the Future: Leveraging Performance Management to Support School Improvement

This edited volume explores how state education agencies (SEAs) can leverage performance management tools to provide strong support for school improvement.

How Public Universities Close Budget Gaps Matters For States

Cuts to state support for higher education have prompted some universities to raise tuition, admit more out-of-state students, and increase enrollment to close budget gaps. This analysis compares these three strategies in terms of the relative...

Modernizing the State Education Agency: Different Paths Toward Performance Management

This project shows how eight state education agencies have reshaped their organizations to address the challenges of improving their lowest-performing schools. By focusing on states at the forefront of...

The Changing Role of States in Education: The Move from Compliance to Performance Management

This essay was written for the PIE Network 5th Annual Policy Summit, September 2011. The authors argue that state education agencies need to shift from their role of compliance monitor to performance...

Dec 19 2013

CRPE's report, "The Capacity Challenge: What It Takes for State Education Agencies to Support School Improvement,"is the subject of this Education Week article.

Dec 17 2013

A new CRPE study finds that to transform their organizations from compliance monitors into more effective drivers of reform, state education agencies need to focus on leveraging the authority and funding they have to support school improvement.

May 24 2013

The Building State Capacity and Productivity Center's new report is the first in a series intended to help state education agencies use performance management to support school improvement.

Oct 31 2012

The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) is pleased to announce our role in the new national Building State Capacity and Productivity Center (BSCP Center).

Sep 19 2012

Seattle, WA - As both the federal government and states face unprecedented challenges in raising standards and increasing outcomes for all students, state education agencies (SEAs) need to take a new approach; one focused less on compliance and more on performance management.