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Master’s applications are now open for fall 2021

Sep 30, 2020
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy has opened applications for fall 2021 for our top-ranked graduate programs: Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Public Affairs (MPA). The Ford School community is engaged in public policy at a...

Celebrating the 2020 graduating classes

Apr 29, 2020
The Ford School is proud to celebrate our classes of 2020 graduates—BAs, MPPs, MPAs, and PhDs—as they move forward to work on collaborative, creative solutions to complex challenges in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Due to the...

Ford School website redesign and upgrade

Mar 27, 2020
The Ford School is excited to announce that we are underway with a major redesign and technological upgrade of our website. The new website is scheduled to launch just prior to the start of the fall semester, in late August 2020.  The Ford School...

Applications for interdisciplinary student prize now open

Jan 29, 2020
Submissions are now being accepted for the Ford School’s top award for student work, the Eckstein Prize for Interdisciplinary Research and Policy Analysis.The second annual Eckstein Prize will be awarded later this spring to a Ford School student or...

Summer update from the Ford School Alumni Board

Jun 20, 2019
Greetings Ford School alumni,  Summer has FINALLY arrived in Ann Arbor! It has been a busy time at Weill Hall--the semester came to an end, the Ford School celebrated commencement, and the Alumni Board held its annual Spring meeting. As your...

Ford School faculty promotions approved by Regents

May 17, 2019
On Thursday May 16, 2019, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the promotions of Betsey Stevenson, H. Luke Shaefer, and Sarah A. Burgard. Betsey Stevenson was promoted to professor of public policy and professor of economics, College...

Ford School students receive MLK Spirit Award

Jan 25, 2019
Two Ford School undergraduate students, Alexandra (Drea) Somers (BA ’19) and Ashley Tjhung (BA ’19), were among the winners who received the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Award. The MLK Spirit Award recognizes students who exemplify the...

New student prize recognizes interdisciplinary policy research

Jan 23, 2019
Starting this semester, students will have a new opportunity to earn recognition for excellent interdisciplinary research and writing. The Eckstein Prize for Interdisciplinary Research and Policy Analysis, will be awarded to a Ford School student or...

It’s HAILing coverage for Susan Dynarski and team

Dec 21, 2018
Last week, Susan Dynarski, Ford School professor, and her fellow researchers released a new research study titled “Closing the Gap: The Effect of a Targeted, Tuition-Free Promise on College Choices of High-Achieving, Low-Income Students.” Since...

Read 'the Ford School feed'

Oct 17, 2014
The latest edition of the Ford School feed, an email news source for alumni and friends of the school, arrived in inboxes this week.This fall edition:Reminds alumni and friends to RSVP for the Centennial Reunion, Oct. 31 – Nov . 1, which will...

Dr. Schwarz speaks with Stateside on care of veterans

Jun 13, 2014
Cynthia Canty of Stateside, a Michigan Radio program, interviewed Dr. John J.H. "Joe" Schwarz, a physician and former Republican Congressman, about the Veterans Affairs Administration audit that flagged three Michigan VA medical care facilities—in...

The Atlantic cites Jacob's teacher tenure study

Jun 12, 2014
As a California judge rules that the state's teacher tenure system is disproportionately harmful to children from low-income families, Dana Goldstein explores the origins and impacts of the state's teacher tenure system—both positive and...

Major league fun for Ford School alums, students

Jun 2, 2014
Founding Ford School Dean Ned Gramlich was an avid baseball fan, and directed Major League Baseball's economic study commission in 1992, so we could think of no better way to cap our May 30 conference, "Honoring Ned Gramlich and the Importance...

Brent Scowcroft dedicates statue of President Ford

Apr 17, 2013
On Tuesday, April 16, Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft (ret. USAF), former National Security Advisor for the Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush administrations, dedicated the new bronze statue of President Ford that now stands in the Great Hall at the Gerald...

Washington Post quotes Betsey Stevenson on fiscal cliff deal

Dec 25, 2012
The Washington Post reports that it is unlikely that Democrats and Republicans will reach a deal an agreement on the looming fiscal cliff before Jan. 1. In what the article refers to as a "remarkable turnaround," Democrats want to make permanent the...

New Year Kick-Off: Welcome Week at the Ford School

Aug 28, 2012
The official start of the school year, Welcome Week and Orientation (August 27–August 31) at the Ford School gives new master's students the opportunity to meet and engage with peers, faculty, and staff, and begin the process of preparing for...