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MPPS report about Economic Vitality Incentive Program appears in Associated Press, more

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The latest Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS), published Wednesday by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), was detailed in an Associated Press story that was published in a number of papers, including the Chicago Tribune.

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CLOSUP poll: Incentives working, but local officials in Michigan lukewarm about state funding reforms

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Only a small minority of local officials in Michigan believe that major reforms in the way they receive state funding that require adoption of "dashboard" reports will be very effective in improving the overall performance of their governments.

The sweeping policy changes began last year and require local governments that are eligible for funding to create dashboards—scorecards that measure their performance in key areas, such as fiscal stability, public safety and economic strength. State policymakers believe these dashboards will help improve the accountability and transparency of local governments.

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Revamped Applied Policy Seminar launches students into "real world" policy challenges

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

For the Winter 2011 Applied Policy Seminar (APS), Huron Consulting Group tasked Kim Dunham (MPP '11) and her team of MPP students with assessing the firm's ability to extend into a new market. The students were responsible for creating a series of memorandums, developing a final report, and presenting their findings in front of the company's chief executive officer.

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January edition of 'the Ford School feed' - New Alumni Board takes office, new research from NPC's Great Recession study, tales from the Applied Policy Seminar, and more

Monday, January 23, 2012

The latest edition of the Ford School feed, an email news source for alumni and friends of the school, arrived in inboxes today.

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Ford students "exercise" to open 2012 with policy simulation

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Ford School's MPA and MPP cohorts quickly turned their attention at the start of 2012 from "NYE" to "IPE."

The Integrated Policy Exercise is an intensive, three-day simulation in which students work en masse on a number of policymaking scenarios that are simultaneously evolving.

"You have to come up with solutions at the same time other crises are happening around you," said Professor Ann Lin, who organized the IPE this year. "The IPE really gives students a chance to see what working in a dynamic policy environment looks like."

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Employers: hire a Ford School intern or grad

Monday, January 23, 2012

Is your organization looking to fill a summer internship or full-time position? Then consider a Ford School student or graduate.

Ford School students develop a unique combination of skills relevant to the needs of organizations in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Through the MPP program, students are taught theories and problem-solving techniques for a global marketplace, developing expertise in economic and policy analysis, international affairs and diplomacy, program evaluation, public management, and more. BA students earn a social science-based liberal arts degree that gives them substantive knowledge and analytical skills to understand policy problems—and help create solutions.

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Tom Ivacko pens two-part Dome op-ed about declining health of Michigan cities

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy's (CLOSUP) Tom Ivacko wrote a two-part column for Dome magazine about the declining health of Michigan cities and what is being done to combat this decline.

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Tom Ivacko quoted in Bridge Magazine article, "Big Township Bank Accounts Draw Concern, Defense"

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tom Ivacko, administrator for the Center of Local, State and Urban Policy, was quoted in a Bridge Magazine article that suggests townships are generally in much better shape financially than other local units of government.

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State & Hill's Winter 2012 issue explores education reform, policy, evaluation, and more

Thursday, January 5, 2012

State & Hill's Winter 2012 issue offers readers an opportunity to learn about the wide array of education reform and policy issues that our students, alumni, and faculty are tackling right now. Click through the magazine below to read about Susan M. Dynarski and Brian A. Jacob's research on charter schools, or how two alums size up No Child Left Behind ten years after its enactment, or how a first-year MPP student started a school in India. Other articles include a Q&A with philanthropist David Bohnett, an interview with four Ford School military veteran students, and a recap of the new Chinese policy course—replete with photos from a two-week trip to Beijing.

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PPIA: 30 Years of Preparing Leaders

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bright, energetic, and compassionate, Tosha Downey—one of more than 4,000 graduates of the national Public Policy and International Affairs program—is deeply engaged in Chicago's south side renaissance, and in dramatically improving educational opportunities for children in some of the city's most challenged urban communities.

When I reach Tosha Downey (MPP '96) on her cell phone, she's navigating Chicago's south side to pick up a former student for a group intervention.

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From the Great Hall to the Great Wall

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New course takes students and faculty to China to study contemporary policy

Ford School Assistant Professor Philip Potter developed a new course last spring that introduced MPP students to contemporary Chinese public policy in a rather interactive way—by going to China.

"China is a crucially important country, and we have many students who are interested in its politics, so it was an obvious choice for this program," said Potter, who has done research on China, including current work on whether the country's increased domestic liberalization and international power will make it more of a target for terrorist organizations.

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To the city and the world

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Los Angeles-based David Bohnett is the founder and managing member of the early stage technology fund, Baroda Ventures. In 1994, he founded GeoCities.com, one of the original Internet success stories. He is chairman of the board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and a trustee of amfAR, The American Foundation for AIDS Research, and of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The David Bohnett Foundation funds a wide variety of innovative programs in major cities across the U.S. At the Ford School, the Foundation supports a prestigious, competitive fellowship that provides two years of tuition support and a paid summer internship in the City of Detroit's mayor's office.

The Bohnett Fellowship provides well-trained interns to mayoral offices in several cities and fosters a commitment among policy graduates to work in cities. Why are urban policy issues important?

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Public Service In The City

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bohnett Fellows learn to devise policy inside Detroit mayor's office

Elizabeth Palazzola and Julie Schneider knew Detroit pretty well even before last summer. Then they learned a whole new side of it—the inside—as members of Mayor Dave Bing's administration.

"I've worked in Detroit in various capacities--with nonprofits, city agencies, state agencies, with the public on events and environmental issues-—but what was really missing was the mayor's office," said Palazzola, who spent three years as a research assistant at Wayne State University's Center for Urban Studies.

"That was what I was most excited about, filling in that blank. I think now having done so I have an even greater appreciation for the city."

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Joint PhD Program Reaches Ten Year Mark

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Founding director Mary E. Corcoran and others reflect on the program's success

When Mary E. Corcoran became program director of the Ford School's fledgling joint doctoral program 10 years ago, she didn't have a problem recruiting students.

They already were coming to her.

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Associate Dean Alan Deardorff to lead International Policy Center on interim basis

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Ford School's International Policy Center has a new interim leader, as Associate Dean Alan Deardorff has agreed to serve as Interim Director.

Founding IPC director Jan Svejnar will leave the University of Michigan to join the faculty of Columbia University as director of the newly-established Center for Global Economic Governance. Jan founded the International Policy Center here at the Ford School in 2005, with input and support provided along the way by a number of University of Michigan faculty. The Ford School is grateful to Jan for his hard work, vision, and leadership.

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Tom Ivacko quoted in Bridge magazine article, "Merger bills won't change names on fire trucks—yet"

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

In light of six new Michigan merger bills, Tom Ivacko spoke to Bridge magazine about cost sharing findings from the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy's Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS).

These new bills, signed by Governor Rick Snyder on Dec. 14, were designed to remove real or perceived roadblocks that might have prevented local governments from consolidating services—such as employee salary provisions.

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Tom Ivacko pens second Dome op-ed about declining health of Michigan cities

Friday, December 9, 2011

Dome magazine published the second op-ed from a two-part series by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy's Tom Ivacko about the challenges facing Michigan's cities.

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Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies announces call for funding proposals

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies is hosting a call for proposals for collaborative projects that contribute to academic research on diversity or enrich the broader community's engagement with issues of diversity. Two types of proposals will be funded:

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Ford School announces results of Alumni Board elections

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Six new members have been elected to the Ford School's Alumni Board. The Alumni Board strives to help increase the visibility of the Ford School; strengthen the alumni network; and assist the school with student recruitment, career services, and alumni relations activities.

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CLOSUP's Michigan Public Policy Survey cited in Center for Michigan article, "'Shadow tax cut' deepens local budget crises."

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Data from the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy's (CLOSUP) latest Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) report was cited in a Center for Michigan article, "'Shadow tax cut' deepens local budget crises."

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