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University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) students are heading to Washington, DC

Public Policy group traveling to Washington, DC, to network and attend UMass alumni event

The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy (formerly the Center for Public Policy & Administration) is coming to Washington, DC on January 17, 2018, for our Annual Washington DC Networking Trip. In addition to our visits to organizations all over the city, we’ll be taking part in a panel discussion on the political outlook for 2018. The School and our students will join our founding director, John Hird, associate director Satu Zoller, and other UMass alums for the panel, featuring prominent alumni from both sides of the aisle, including:

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) annual report for 2017

School of Public Policy issues annual report for 2017

The University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) recently issued its annual report for the year of 2017. The report highlights changes at SPP, formerly the Center for Public Policy and Administration, including the naming of Alasdair Roberts as Director; achievements by alumni, faculty, and students; and SPP’s recent move across the UMass campus.

Read the report online here.

UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst Launches 1-Year Master’s in Public Policy degree

In 2018, the University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) will launch a one-year degree option for students interested in earning a master’s in public policy (MPP).

The new degree option builds on the success of other master’s programs offered by the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy, including a two-year master’s program that allows for more specialized studies, and an accelerated program for students enrolled at one of the member campuses of the Five Colleges consortium. The new program will enable students to complete part of the degree online.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is located in Thompson Hall

School of Public Policy hiring Associate Director for Administration & Finance

The University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is accepting applications for a full-time associate director for Administration & Finance. The chosen candidate will partner with the Director in the overall administrative and operational management of the School.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) student Hadiya Williams

Accelerated master's student Hadiya Williams charts her journey with guidance from mentors

Hadiya Williams ’18 came to the University of Massachusetts to prepare for medical school, but she found a different path thanks to a network of inspiring mentors. She recently changed her minor in Anthropology to a major, and once she completes her undergraduate work she’ll continue at UMass another year to earn a master’s in public policy (MPP) through the accelerated master’s program.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) director Alasdair Roberts

Centre for Public Impact interviews Alasdair Roberts about upcoming book

The Centre for Public Impact (CPI) recently spoke with SPP Director Alasdair Roberts about his upcoming book, Can Government Do Anything Right?, on its podcast. Speaking with CPI's Katie Rose, Roberts explains the reason for the book, and how governments are able to make an impact.

"It's a reaction to the wave of writing about the apparent crisis of government in Western democracies particularly, and it's intended to be a bit of a reality check," explains Roberts.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty Jane Fountain

Fountain Speaks on Information Technology and Innovation at the World Bank

Jane Fountain, distinguished university professor of political science and public policy, and department chair of political science, delivered an invited lecture, “Using Technology to Change Public Administration,” at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. on November 8, 2017.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is located in Thompson Hall

School of Public Policy hiring Communications Manager

The University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is accepting applications for a full-time communications manager. The chosen candidate will be responsible for management of School of Public Policy's external communications and alumni relations and for writing for a variety of media, both printed and electronic, including feature stories for SPP publications such as newsletters, brochures, annual reports and the SPP website and social media.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) alum Kyle Wedberg

Alum Kyle Wedberg ’00 (MPA) honored with national award for his work leading arts training center in New Orleans

The Arts School Network (ASN), which is the largest professional organization of arts schools, is honoring Kyle Wedberg ’00 (Masters of Public Administration) with the Jeffrey Lawrence Award. Wedberg is the President and CEO of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), a performing and visual arts high school for students from across Louisiana. NOCCA counts many notable artists among its alums, including jazz musicians Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., and Terence Blanchard.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) Professor Lee Badgett

Spotlight Scholar M.V. Lee Badgett fights for LGBT rights and measures the cost of discrimination

When economist M.V. Lee Badgett published her 1995 study on the wage gap faced by gay men and lesbians, there was nothing like it in the field. In fact, conventional wisdom held just the opposite.

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