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Spotlight: Georgia State University
The students, faculty, and alumni of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University (GSU) work to advance economic opportunity, human rights and social justice by helping to improve public policy and management around the globe.
The Andrew Young School’s structure—its departments of economics, criminal justice and criminology, social work, and public management and policy, plus 10 research centers—encourages interdisciplinary collaborations to address complex policy and public management issues.
Faculty and students work closely with lawmakers, governments, communities and nonprofits to address important policy and management issues. For example, Georgia state government turns to its Fiscal Research Center and Georgia Health Policy Center for policy guidance on taxation, public expenditures, and health policy. And the International Center on Public Policy plays a key role in fiscal decentralization in developing countries throughout the world.
Atlanta’s rich history in the civil rights movement informs the school’s response to ongoing challenges in economic opportunity and social justice. Atlanta continues to offer unique avenues for learning about socially responsible policy and management innovations.
As Ambassador Andrew Young has described the school, “We are changing the world: one student at a time, one idea at a time.”
Central Location Offers Workable Options
This diverse urban campus sits at the heart of downtown Atlanta. Federal regional headquarters, the Georgia state capital, Atlanta City Hall, Fulton County government, and major nonprofit organizations are within walking distance. A high concentration of government agencies are based in this major metropolitan area—including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and nonprofit headquarters like CARE USA and Habitat for Humanity—giving students access to a wide array of internship, mentoring and career networking opportunities. And a 20-minute subway ride takes students and faculty from campus to the world’s busiest airport and nonstop flights to the U.S. and the world.
Successful Outcomes for Large, Diverse Student Body
Georgia State University, one of the most diverse colleges in the U.S., is a national leader in graduating students from diverse socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and geographic backgrounds. In fact, it graduates more African American students than any other not-for-profit university and was recently praised by President Barack Obama for helping more college students find pathways to graduation.
The Andrew Young School joins the university in its commitment to the success of its diverse student population.
40 Years in Public Administration and Policy
Created in 1913 as an evening business school, Georgia State University has always prioritized making higher education accessible to working adults, which set the stage for a practical, engaging approach to teaching, research and analysis that continues today in the Andrew Young School.
The school’s history in pubic management and policy began in 1972, when the university created a Master of Governmental Administration – the forerunner of the MPA – to meet the professional education needs of metro Atlanta’s large and growing public sector workforce. The degree has been administered successively through the Institute of Governmental Administration (1972), College of Urban and Public Affairs (1981), and School of Public Administration and Urban Studies (1990).
A 1996 reorganization created the School of Policy Studies, which was renamed the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in 1999.
Faculty Move the Needle
From senior professors to new hires, Andrew Young School faculty are recognized for their research and teaching and for showing students they, too, can have an impact on local, national and global communities.
Professor and department chair Gregory B. Lewis, an expert on public employment and diversity issues, received the Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Administration from the American Society for Public Administration.
Professor W. Bartley Hildreth, an expert in public financial management – particularly municipal securities – was named executive director of the National Tax Association in 2014 and serves on the board of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, which Congress created to promote a fair and efficient municipal securities market.
Professor Katherine Willoughby led the budget and financial management grading team for the Government Performance Project, a national effort funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and its Center on the States, and researches performance budgeting in the states. She recently joined Hildreth and Lewis as Fellows of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Professor John Clayton Thomas’s book, Citizen, Customer, Partner: Engaging in the Public in Public Management, was co-winner of the 2014 Best Book Award from the American Society for Public Administration’s Section on Public Administration Research. He is also co-editor of The American Review of Public Administration.
Professor Ann-Margaret Esnard, who was hired in 2013 as part of GSU’s Second Century Initiative on Shaping the Future of Cities, recently published Displaced by Disasters: Recovery and Resilience in a Globalizing Worldwith co-author Alka Sapat. In 2014 she was appointed chair of the university’s Council for the Progress of Cities.
The Andrew Young School attracts exceptional faculty members who work in important policy and public management-focused sub-disciplines in the areas of public health, public education, labor, the environment, planning and economic development, disaster and nonprofit management, experimental and behavioral economics, social services, criminal justice and criminology. It’s not unusual for the school to have two or three experts working in the same areas with experts like:
Ranked Among the Top Graduate Programs in the U.S.
U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of America’s Best Public Affairs Graduate Schools places the Andrew Young School:
No. 23 overall
No. 4 in Public Finance and Budgeting
No. 12 in Nonprofit Management
No. 12 in City Management and Urban Policy
No. 24 in Public-Policy Analysis
No. 26 in Public Management and Administration
Two recent independent studies in the International Public Management Journal and the Journal of Public Affairs Education ranked Public Management and Policy faculty in the top 10 for research productivity.
Building a Better Future
Andrew Young School alumni hold top jobs in public finance, nonprofits and governments, higher education, public health and leading public finance institutions like the World Bank, USAID, and the Government Accountability Office.
Graduates of the Indonesian Masters in Economics programs work in agencies and ministries, universities and local governments throughout the world’s fourth most populous country. Mandela Scholars have been advancing the practice of public finance throughout South Africa for almost two decades. GSA alumni David Adelman and Jim Barnhart have recently served as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and as USAID mission director in Albania and Lebanon. And a recent grad who helped lead a nonprofit start-up working to improve the infrastructure in refugee camps, Andrew Parks, recently joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Graduates of the Andrew Young School’s doctoral program in public policy teach at many of the country’s top universities. Recent placements include Obed Pasha at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Jasmine McGinnis at The George Washington University; Spencer Brien at Arizona State University; and Lewis Faulk at American University.
Closer to home, alumni Andre Dickens and Lisa Cupid serve on the Atlanta City Council and the Cobb County Commission.
Mission to Serve
The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies strengthens communities across the globe through policy research, scholarship, public engagement, and the development of leaders.
Within the college, the MPA program prepares students to become leaders in public service careers as executives, managers, analysts and policy specialists in government and nonprofit organizations.
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