Sat, August 27, 2016

PADP In 60 Seconds

  • Public Policy & Management Minor

    The Department of Public Administration and Policy has added a new undergraduate minor in Public Policy and Management which focuses on preparing students for careers in government and nonprofit organizations by allowing undergraduate students to learn from faculty with a long history of training nonprofit and government leaders around the world as part of UGA’s Masters of Public Administration program (ranked #4 by U.S. News and World Report).

    For more information, contact Paul Welch at or 706.542.0096.

  • Wright Elected to NAPA

    Congratulations to Public Administration and Policy Department Head and Professor Bradley Wright for being elected as a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow.  He joins Professor Rainey, Professor Whitford, and Professor O’Toole in this distinguished group.  NAPA Fellows are selected in recognition of a lifelong contribution to the public service and is one of the highest national honors for public servants, researchers and lecturers.  The National Academy of Public Administration is a non-partisan organization chartered by the US Congress in 1965 to improve the practice of public management by recognizing excellence in the public service and by conducting management studies and technical assistance for all levels of government.

  • The University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) ranks fourth among graduate schools of public affairs, according to the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings. At the core of SPIA’s reputation in public affairs is its master of public administration (MPA) degree program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and has earned a reputation for excellence. The school also ranked second in public management and second in public budgeting and finance nationally.

  • Rainey Wins Frederickson Award

    Hal Rainey has been selected to receive the 2016 H. George Frederickson Award of the Public Management Research Association for career contributions to public management research and the intellectual development of the field. He will be receiving the award at this summer’s PMRA Conference in Aarhus, Denmark.  This is a huge but very well deserved honor!

    Previous winners of this award are few but all very distinguished:  Laurence Lynn, Jr., Christopher Hood, Beryl Radin, Kenneth J. Meier, Barry Bozeman and Jim Perry.

Student News

MPA Students Actively Learn Public Service

Aug 2016 First-year MPA students wrapped up socialization week with Saturday morning service learning projects across the community. Students served at five different locations with tasks ranging from painting and clean up for Ebenezer Baptist Church to farming for a local CSA that contributes to local soup kitchens and food banks. Additionally, students served at Timothy Road Elementary blazing a new trail for elementary students, staging heavy components of a hoop house and dismantling raised garden beds at Northeast Georgia Food Bank, and removing privet at Dudley Park. Students were rewarded at the end of their morning of service with lunch and a discussion on the application to what they will learn and encounter in the MPA program.

In the News

Not Blowing Smoke: Research Finds Medical Marijuana Lowers Prescription Drug Use

Jul 2016 Medical marijuana is having a positive impact on the bottom line of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit program in states that have legalized its use for medicinal purposes, according to University of Georgia researchers in a study published today in the July issue of Health Affairs. The savings, due to lower prescription drug use, were estimated to be $165.2 million in 2013, a year when 17 states and the District of Columbia had implemented medical marijuana laws. The results suggest that if all states had implemented medical marijuana the overall savings to Medicare would have been around $468 million. Compared to Medicare Part D’s 2013 budget of $103 billion, those savings would have been 0.5 percent. But it’s enough of a difference to show that, in states where it’s legal, some people are turning to the drug as an alternative to prescription medications for ailments that range from pain to sleep disorders.

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Up Close

  • Adkins, Caroline

    Major: Generalist

    Caroline is a first year MPA student from Florida with an interest in public policy and heath care administration. She graduated in 2015 from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs and a minor in Spanish. ...

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    Cho, Yoon Kyoung

    Major: Public Budgeting and Finance


PADP Calendar
Sep 16

Constitution Day

Sponsor: SPIA, Law School, and The American Founding Group

2:00 pm