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The Ford School at the University of Michigan is a community dedicated to the public good. We inspire and prepare diverse leaders grounded in service, conduct transformational research, and collaborate on evidence-based policymaking to take on our...

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Who we are The Ford School at the University of Michigan is a top-ranked public policy school dedicated to the public good. The school inspires and prepares diverse leaders grounded in service, conducts transformational research, and collaborates...
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Democracy & Debate project to continue through 2021-22

Oct 18, 2021
At a time when democratic institutions are under pressure and the University of Michigan community is looking to engage, U-M will continue Democracy & Debate, its university-wide collaboration on democratic engagement, through the 2021-22 academic...
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Marco Ramirez named inaugural Kohn Scholar

Oct 4, 2021
Marco Ramirez (MPP ‘23) has been named as the inaugural Kohn Scholar. He was chosen for his outstanding qualifications and his promise for future leadership in the field of social policy. Ramirez believes health policy is the best vehicle to...
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Ford School research center websites get a fresh new look

Aug 27, 2021
Seven of the Ford School’s dynamic research centers have launched new websites. Building on the Ford School’s own modern web design and technical capabilities, the new websites convey the energy and innovation of each center. Participating research...
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New Ford School faculty add depth in key areas

Aug 25, 2021
This fall, the Ford School welcomes several new faculty with expertise in education and social policy, national security, and racial justice, and who will help build students’ leadership and negotiation skills. In addition, visiting faculty with...
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While students were away... updates to Weill Hall

Aug 23, 2021
When the Ford School welcomes students to campus for the Fall 2021 semester, we’ll be excited to show off some notable improvements to Weill Hall. “We’ve made some renovations that we hope create a more inclusive space for our community, and...
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Ford staff honored with 2021 staff recognition awards

Jun 16, 2021
Congratulations to Christie Baer, Avery Moje, and Rebecca Cohen for receiving the 2021 Staff Recognition Award. Baer, Moje, and Cohen exemplify high standards of professionalism and have made meaningful contributions to the Ford School.  Baer is...
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The Last Word: Sanders on diversity, equity, and inclusion 

Jun 10, 2021
This spring, the Ford School finishes the implementation of our 5-year strategic plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), launched in 2016 in concert with a University-wide set of coordinated DEI plans. This summer we will develop strategic...
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Record-setting day of giving for the Ford School

Apr 23, 2021
On March 10, the Ford School set a record for the most gifts made to the school in a single day. It was part of U-M’s Giving Blue Day celebration, a day devoted to philanthropy for U-M causes that people love most. Through emails, video, and...
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Ford School recognized again as the #1 program in social policy

Mar 30, 2021
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan is recognized again as one of America’s top graduate programs in public affairs, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. According to the rankings, based...
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Statement from Dean Barr regarding Regent Weiser

Mar 28, 2021
Regent Weiser's statements regarding three of Michigan's top elected leaders and two of Michigan's Congressional representatives do not reflect the values of the University, as President Schlissel has stated.   His statements are also...
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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...
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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...
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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 Peter Eckstein Prize for Interdisciplinary Research and Policy Analysis. The second annual Peter Eckstein Prize will be awarded later this spring to a Ford...

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...
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Towsley courses offer unique learning experience

Mar 28, 2019
The Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Program, established in 2002, pops the academic bubble in its promotion of student, faculty, and policymaker exchange by bringing individuals with significant national and...