Public Policy and Administration

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25th Anniversary Celebration

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PPA in the Community

  • Rob Wassmer, Ryan Ong (MPPA 2013), and Geoffrey Propheter (MPPA 2010) co-wrote a piece on the subsidy of professional sports arenas/stadiums. Read it here or in a forthcoming issue of the journal Economic Development Quarterly.
  • Rob Wassmer, Sac State PPA Professor, has been offered a bi-monthly column titled "State Fiscal Affairs" in the practitioner journal State Tax Notes with Economics Professor Ron Fisher of Michigan State. Their first column is entitled "Perceptions of Gasoline Taxes".
  • Rob Wassmer, Sac State PPA Professor, presented his working paper on "Property Taxation, its Land Value Component, and the Generation of Urban Sprawl: The Needed Empirical Evidence" to the Western Economic Association Meetings in Honolulu on July 2, 2015. 
  • Jamie York (MPPA 2001). This past spring Jamie York started working at the Sacramento County CEO’s Office as the CEO Management Analyst II, serving the Criminal Justice Cabinet (CJC), Community Corrections Partnership (CCP), and Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Steering Committee. Congratulations, Jamie!
  • Congratulations, Terra Thorne! Terra is graduating with her MPPA this spring. She won the 29th annual CSU Student Research Competition in her category.

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:

Department Happenings

The Department office is open this summer.Yes! We are open.

Monday - Friday
7:30a - 4:00p
(closed 12:30-1:00p for lunch)

We will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.

You can see details about our schedule here.

Endowed Chair for PPA

At last week's 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."

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Faculty Author

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

It is available for pre-order at Corwin Publications.

25th Anniversary of Public Policy and Administration 

Our celebration event was a resounding success!
You can still be a part of our celebration by making a donation today. The easiest way to make a gift is to go to the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies on-line giving website and selecting Public Policy and Administration Department gift designation. students at the 25th anniversary celebration

Pictured above are some of our amazing students. See more photos on Facebook.

CBS13 News Commentary

PPA Professor, Rob Wassmer, lends his expertise to a local news story about Tiny Houses.

KCRA AdWatch

PPA Professors Charles Gossett and Mary Kirlin and Government Professor Kim Nalder weigh in on KCRA's AdWatch.

Proposition 46 AdWatch segment.

Video still from KCRA AdWatch spot Prop 46. Charles Gossett watching Prop 46 video on his computer.

Proposition 45 Ad Watch segment.

Video still from KCRA AdWatch spot Prop 45. Mary Kirlin watching Prop 45 ad on her computer.