Public Policy and Administration

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PPA in the Community

  • Last month, Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni won the 2014 Alumni Chapter of the Year Challenge. Prizes for winning include a slot on Sac State’s electronic billboard, $500 for scholarships, recognition on the donor board at the Alumni Center, a Sac State video, a feature in Sac State's magazine Torchlight, and recognition at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony! Way to go, HPPA!
  • Josef Preciado and his PPA 210 final project team, Teresa Palmer, Terra Townsend, Millie Yan, and Cecilia White, submitted their paper for APPAM’s international conference, and it was accepted! They’ll be off to Spain in September to present it. Congratulations team! We are so proud of you!
  • Colonel Michael P. Spears, US Army (MPPA 93), graduated from Air War College, Maxwell AFB and received a Masters of Strategic Studies Degree and War College Diploma. Colonel Spears will report to US Forces Korea in July as Director, Reserve Affairs. The United States Air Force Air War College is the senior Air Force professional military school and their mission is to educate officers to serve as strategic national security leaders.
  • PPA Professor Su Jin Jez presented a paper on April 29 at the University of Southern California School of Education’s Seminar on Developing a Research Agenda: Tax‐paying Colleges and Universities. Su Jin’s paper is titled “What Data Exist That Might be Useful to do Research on For-Profits?
    On March 14th, PPA Professor presented a paper titled "Focusing the Aim of For-Profit Policy: Classification Systems for For-Profits and Postsecondary Institutions" at the annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Congratulations to MPPA student, Jodi Lewis, for being recognized at the SSRIC Student research conference at CSU Fullerton on May 8, 2014 for presenting the "Best Qualitative Paper" Award (with a $5,000 prize!). Jodi had this to say, "I can't say enough about the solid, practical research foundation I've received from the MPPA program." Well done, Jodi!

See more at our PPA in the Community page.

The Master of Public Policy and Administration is an exciting professional degree opportunity for students interested in a public service career. The program draws together the diverse perspectives, technologies and skills now essential to a successful career in public management or in one of the many fields within the public policy arena. Unlike programs with a more limited focus, ours provides skills necessary for management and budgeting, as well as analytical tools helpful for understanding the economic implications of policy choices, evaluating policy options, developing political strategies for advancing proposals, and conducting/assessing research projects. Additionally, consideration of ethics and the public good is infused throughout the curriculum. Our graduate programs can be found at the University's on-line catalog.

The department also offers:

Third Annual Master's Thesis Symposium

at the State Capitol
May 29, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 pm

Reception to follow from 5:30-7:00 pm
at Tequila Museo Mayahuel, Coa Room
1200 K Street, Suite 3
Sacramento, CA

Presented by 
The Graduate Association of Students in Public Policy and Administration
 and the 
Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni Chapter

More Information (Flyer listing theses and presenters)

Distinguished Alumni Awards!

Two MPPA Alumni are among those to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards presented by the University and the Sacramento State Alumni Association. They, along with the other awardees, were honored at a reception April 24.
James Mayer, MPPA 1992 • Keri Thomas, MPPA 2006

What's Possible: Reinventing Government

A forum on transforming culture in the public sector to produce better outcomes. Co-produced by Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni, California Forward, the League of California Cities, and ASPA-Sacramento.

Speakers included Ted Gaebler, City Manager of Rancho Cordova, Patrick Blacklock, Administrator of Yolo County, Brad Kilger, City Manager of Benicia, and John Mercer, author of the federal Government Performance and Results Act signed into law by President Clinton. Moderated by Dr. Mary Kirlin, Professor of Public Policy at the Sacramento State Department of Public Policy and Administration.

What's Possible: Reinventing Government
Professor Kirlin moderating What's Possible.

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A Brief Interview from
What's Possible!

Ted Gaebler speaks to Public Innovation.