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25th Anniversary Celebration

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PPA in the Community

  • Madeline Henry (MPPA student) participated in the Provost’s Student Research Showcase. See her presentation examining youth voting motivations
  • Ginger Hashimoto (MPPA student) participated in the Provost’s Student Research Showcase. See her presentation analyzing predictors for almni giving at Sacramento State
  • Jack Reeves (MPPA student) participated in the Provost’s Student Research Showcase. Here is his research poster about nutrition label reform and reducing consumption of sugary drinks.
  • Rob Wassmer, Professor of Public Policy and Admin at Sac State, offered his thoughts on "Perception of Gasoline Taxes and Driver Cost: Implications for Highway Finance" on 10/23 to an invited conference on Reforming State and Local Tax Systems at Tulane University in NOLA. Working paper. Power Point slides.
  • Tami Cowgill (MPPA student) started working this summer as a Policy Analyst with CalPACE (California Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly). "Much of my job is reviewing and analyzing bills associated with long-term services and support, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more, for the aging population." Congratulations, Tami!

See more at our PPA in the Community page.

@PPASacState

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:

Department Happenings

Information Session!

PPA Information Session

Tuesday, November 3, Tahoe Hall 3041 with Chair Ted Lascher.

  • 5-6:00 pm pizza and casual conversation about the program
  • 6-7:00 pm class visit

RSVP to ppa-01@csus.edu or 916-278-6557 for more information.

Please join the Sacramento State Department of Public Policy & Administration for its Thesis Showcase

Please join the Sacramento State Department of Public Policy & Administration for its Thesis Showcase on Wednesday, November 4 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at room 317 in the Capitol. Graduates of the Sac State Master of Public Policy and Administration program will provide policy briefings from their research on a variety of topics, including: CalWORKs, affordable housing, physical education, college enrollment of foster youth, and CEQA streamlining for infill development. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact kcorches@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 4  
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 
Room 317 in the Capitol

Graduates of the Sac State Master of Public Policy and Administration program will provide policy briefings from their research on a variety of topics, including: CalWORKs, affordable housing, physical education, college enrollment of foster youth, and CEQA streamlining for infill development.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact kcorches@gmail.com.

Join us!


Endowed Chair for PPA


At the 2014-15 Green and Gold Gala the President announced that a donor had provided $1 million for the first ever endowed Chair for Sac State. 

The identifying graphic for the Department of Public Policy & Administration consists of a Capitol Dome, the Tower Bridge and the Guy West bridge.

PPA is thrilled that we are designated as the recipient. Many details are yet to be worked out but we are honored by this recognition. An endowed Chair means a faculty position (not necessarily the Department Chair) that is partially to fully funded by a donor.

From the campus press release:
"At the Gala, President Gonzalez also announced: - A $1 million gift from the estate of Hazel Cramer to create an endowed chair in the Department of Public Policy and Administration in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. It is the University’s first endowed chair and will allow the campus to bring in a renowned expert in the discipline to expand the range and quality of offerings for students. Mrs. Cramer was a longtime donor to the University, providing more than $800,000 in scholarships before her death in December and a total of more than $3.5 million through her estate."

Dean Orn Bodvarsson later stated, "...this is a very, very significant gift, which is a great honor for your department, our College, and the University. This gift to fund an endowed chair is the first of its kind at Sac State and these endowed chairs are very rare in the CSU system. We have been entrusted not only with a sizeable, but a precious gift."

Faculty Author

PPA Professor and EdInsights Executive Director, Andrea Venezia, had a book come out this past May, Supporting the Dream: High School-College Partnerships for College and Career Readiness.

It is available at at Corwin Publications.