The School of Public Policy Develops innovative leaders in the art of policy and governance, advances the frontiers of applied interdisciplinary knowledge, and promotes local, national and global public good.
In an increasingly complex world where tectonic disruptions are altering the very foundations of society, we need people who can work across the boundaries of issues and geographies. As the ways of making change and the cast of policy actors grows, we must redefine how we go about solving the challenges of our era. Here at the School of Public Policy, we are dedicated to serving the public good through advancing the art of policy and governance in the 21st century. Our curriculum maximizes opportunities for experiential learning, providing students the skills, values and analytical foundation they need to be the policy leaders of today and tomorrow. Our community of scholars is growing, as are our research efforts, advancing the frontiers of knowledge and practice that define our world. We are a hands-on community, using our location in Washington, DC as a springboard to shape issues in our neighborhood, nation and world. As the anchor of the nationâ€™s first Do Good campus we are leading the charge for transformational change, and constructing a new building that will be a hub for innovation in policy and governance at the heart of campus. We are on the move to do good in the world, and I invite you to join us. Robert C. Orr Dean
A New Home for Serving the Public Good The University of Maryland School of Public Policy serves as home to a range of programs — from the only undergraduate policy major inside the capital beltway to top-ranked graduate specializations. Soon, the School will receive a new physical home: a building at the heart of campus that serves as a gateway between the University and the dynamic growth surrounding the campus.
The School of Public Policy’s new home will bring together — for the first time under one roof — more than 90 faculty members, over 850 undergraduate students, 250 graduate students and 600 executive students, and dedicated staff who support all academic programming as well as five growing research and policy impact centers. Located just steps from the new Purple Line light rail, the new building will connect the School directly to the world of policymaking — from local government to the halls of the State House in Annapolis and the corridors of power in Washington, DC.
Designed with the critical exploration of public issues in mind, the new building will allow students to continue to address the worldâ€™s most challenging issues and develop the next generation of leaders who can bridge divides and cross boundaries.
As the hub of the nationâ€™s first Do Good campus, the building will serve as a space for the university community to come together and celebrate the pursuit of the public good. It will feature an assembly chamber inspired by public decision-making chambers around the world and a library and rooftop terrace that will welcome global leaders for discussion and debate.
Building a Generation of Ethical and Engaged Citizens When Natalia Ochman ’19 was a freshman, she entered the Do Good Challenge with an idea. It was a plan that she formulated, along with a few fellow students, after a dorm-room chat on her floor. “We never felt like we were good enough,” Ochman recalls. “We got through it because we had good support systems, but we realized that maybe girls from other areas who don’t have the same opportunities won’t have this chance.” She proposed an organization called FLAME, The Foundational Learning and Mentorship Experience, and received a $500 seed grant from the School of Public Policy’s Do Good Institute (DGI). As part of its annual Do Good Challenge, students pitch ventures that will make a positive impact on the world and DGI provides resources to help them grow. After earning the seed grant in the initial rounds of the challenge, FLAME took off, Ochman says, and has now provided after-school STEM education to hundreds of elementary- and middle-students in the community surrounding the University of Maryland’s College Park campus. “Each year, we reapplied to the seed fund and grew the number of students that we worked,” Ochman explains. “We started having field trips and were able to pay for cooler experiments for them to do.” In Ochman’s senior year, FLAME made it to the final round of the Challenge, earning $5,000 to allow the organization to create a pipeline for local students that expands into high school. The Challenge awarded more than $20,000 in grants to student projects focused on a range of initiatives, from sustainability to public health. “The Do Good Challenge, and DGI as a whole, bring together a large group of people with different capabilities who are trying to positively impact the lives of people around them,” Ochman says. “They are creating a generation of caring, ethical people who are actually going to make a difference in this world.”
NONPROFIT & PHILANTHROPY
Situated in the nationâ€™s capital at the crossroads where local and global issues intersect and where decision-makers address the worldâ€™s most pressing challenges, the University of Maryland School of Public Policy prepares students for careers advancing the public good across sectors. Drawing upon the strengths of a top-tier research university, the School of Public Policy brings cutting-edge science and technology developments into the public domain.
Assistant Professor Lucy Qiu received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to fund a two-year research project on the costs and benefits of heat pump adoption.
School of Public Policy Professor Phillip Swagel was asked to serve as the tenth director of the Congressional Budget Office.
Associate Professor Kathleen Vogel was named a Rutherford Visiting Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute, which brings skilled researchers to the UK.
Research Professor and Roy F. Westin Chair in Natural Economics Rosina M. Bierbaum was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences.
B. David Mussington, director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, was elected to join the (ISC)2 Board of Directors.
Professor Peter Reuter received the 2019 Stockholm Prize in Criminology.
Nine members of our faculty are fellows of the National Academy of Public Administration, one of only two national academies (joining the National Academy of Sciences) chartered by Congress to provide expert, objective advice. Kenneth S. Apfel I. Mac Destler Elizabeth M. Duke Philip G. Joyce Donald F. Kettl
S. Anthony McCann J. Christopher Mihm Robert C. Orr Susan Schwab
On the Hill As experts in their fields, our faculty are frequently called upon to provide testimony before Congress. In the past year, they have provided lawmakers expertise on many issues including budget reform, job training programs and climate change. TESTIMONY
National Academy of Public Administration
Nathan Hultman before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Robert T. Grimm Jr. before the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service
Looking to the Future of Sustainability At The School of Public Policy, opportunities to make an impact in sustainability reach across the School, from programs at all levels of education to student groups. The School seeks to make a contribution today, and develop future leaders, to address many of the major challenges of our time, including energy, climate change, resilience and sustainable development. As part of the School’s commitment to sustainability, the Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) co-leads the America’s Pledge analysis team with the Rocky Mountain Institute. The project evaluates and analyzes current U.S. greenhouse gas emissions reductions. This year, Michael R. Bloomberg announced a $2.3 million gift to fund the next phase of the project, expanding CGS’s unique research and analysis, strategic engagement and communications to inform the U.S. strategy leading up to 2030. As UN Special Envoy, Bloomberg will submit the report to the United Nations at COP25 in Santiago, Chile in December 2019, to demonstrate U.S. progress in meeting carbon reduction commitments made under the Paris Agreement. “America’s Pledge helps to speed our progress by bringing people together, collecting data, and outlining ways we can do more. The next report will add to that momentum, and the University of Maryland is an important partner in our work,” noted Bloomberg. CGS also co-led last year’s America’s Pledge report, Fulfilling America’s Pledge. Working with 55 co-authors and 7 institutional partners, it built a new approach to integrating subnational climate commitments with an economy-wide assessment of emissions reduction potential. This year’s report will update these estimates and produce an even more comprehensive analysis of subnational potential in the U.S.
The School’s centers are the heart of research and activity, bringing faculty and students together to push the boundaries of policy and governance.
DO GOOD INSTITUTE
DO GOOD ACCELERATOR
The Do Good Institute is a campus-wide hub of activity for philanthropy, social innovation, nonprofit leadership and research headquartered at the School. Through hands-on learning experiences built on real-world application, the Institute is nurturing the next generation of leaders who are equipped and motivated to do good and spur innovative solutions in their careers, communities and the world. The Do Good Accelerator is a collaborative space on campus that supports and helps to scale up students’ innovative solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges. The Accelerator offers a number of training, development and networking opportunities to enable promising nonprofits, projects and socially-minded businesses the chance to grow their reach and impact. This creative community space provides students with leadership coaching, mentoring opportunities with thought leaders, networking opportunities with local businesses, foundations, nonprofits and NGOs, financial support, and training to further their ideas.
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL AND SECURITY STUDIES AT MARYLAND CISSM conducts research, outreach and education focused on multiple, overlapping types of international security challenges. The challenges include those posed by dual-use technologies (e.g., information, nuclear and space), political dynamics that threaten human security, and those that require national governments (including the United States, China, Russia and Iran) to develop innovative forms of international cooperation and governance.
Fraught U.S.-Russian security dynamics have spurred reevaluations of the relationship between the two former Cold War adversaries. Building from a 15-year collaboration with a Moscow-based research center, CISSM’s U.S.-Russia security relations project focuses on establishing a constructive agenda for the two countries that includes security issues where the risks for confrontation are high, but where cooperation to reduce shared dangers is possible. These include: strategic stability questions involving nuclear and conventional weapons, the impact of disruptive technologies, and the political dimensions of U.S.-NATO-Russian relations.
CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY AND PRIVATE ENTERPRISE
In the face of increasing threats across the country, the Center is investigating the cyber risks confronting the election system of the state of Maryland. Attribution of cyber exploits to Russia in 2016 highlights the importance of the project, with lessons learned and risk management recommendations aimed at supporting the Maryland State Board of Elections (MD SBE) in 2018 and beyond. In turn, CPPPE and the MD SBE have established a partnership to adapt industry cybersecurity best practices to the elections environment â€“ an activity from which other jurisdictions can benefit.
CENTER FOR GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY The Center for Global Sustainability informs policy discussions at all governance levels on climate, energy, development and sustainability. Harnessing the University of Marylandâ€™s strengths as a preeminent public research institution in the Washington, DC region, the Center advances practical and robust solutions that are grounded in research and empirical analysis.
GLOBAL COAL TRACK
CPPPE provides the strategic linkage between the public and private sectors to develop and improve solutions to increasingly complex problems, encompassing issues ranging from defense acquisition to health policy, program analysis and cybersecurity. Operating at the nexus of public and private interests, the Center researches and promotes best practices, develops policy recommendations, and aims to influence senior decision makers for improved government and industry results.
After launching in 2016 and supporting the international Climate Action 2016 summit, the Center has been focusing on implementing research that has an impact on issues relating to sustainability. The Global Coal Track project is collecting data on proposed coal-fired power plants globally and developing country-level assessments of domestic energy policies. Many countries, including the United States, are currently debating the various costs of coal and other fossil energy technologies, and evaluating the potential benefits of renewable energy for jobs, health and climate. This project provides data and analysis to inform such debates.
Bombs, Bugs and Poisons Abroad SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
School of Public Policy students took a trip across the pond to learn the policy behind weapons of mass destruction in the UK and Austria. The class, led by Associate Professor Kathleen Vogel, got behind-the-scenes looks of facilities at the forefront of sensitive technologies, including the UK Defence Science and Technology in Porton Down, England and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna, Austria. In addition to gaining a global view of critical policy issues, students experienced cultural traditions, including visiting authentic Viennese coffee houses and navigating the Tube.
Forecasting State Revenue
Assistant Professor Luke Spreen and Assistant Research Professor Juan Pablo Martínez Guzmán received a Research and Scholarship Award for their project, “How Did State Revenue Forecasters Manage Uncertainty Arising from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?” “The goal of the project is to determine how effective state governments were at forecasting the additional income tax revenue they received in 2018 as a result of the federal tax law,” Spreen says. “The findings from this study should benefit state governments by highlighting best practices in revenue forecasting methodology.” Spreen and Martinez Guzman used the award from the UMD Graduate School, which supports faculty scholarship, research and creative activity, to mentor a graduate student by bringing them onto the project.
By the Numbers MAST ER S
255 GRADUATE STUDENTS
Master of Public Policy Master of Public Management Executive Master of Public Management Master of Professional Studies â€“ Public Administration Dual Graduate Programs (MPP/MBA, MPP/JD, MPP/MSW) Dual Bachelor/Master of Public Policy PhD in Policy Studies
Sustainability Studies Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation Public Leadership Global Action and Problem Solving General (customized by the student) Sustainability Studies Minor Public Leadership Minor Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation Minor College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program iGIVE Living and Learning Community Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program
Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy
Environmental Policy Energy Policy International Development Policy International Security and Economic Policy Leadership and Management Nonprofit Management and Leadership Public Financial Management Acquisitions Social Policy Education Policy Health Policy
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