Public Policy and Administration

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25th Anniversary Celebration

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PPA in the Community

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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.

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Department Happenings

Leaders in Education Speaker Series

Photo of Dr. Jack Scott. He has a kind face.

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership in collaboration with the College of Education and the College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies presents the:

Dr. Jack Scott

May 14, 2015

4p-5p Reception
5p-6p Talk

hosted by the Center for Collaborative Policy
815 S Street, 1st Floor, Sacramento

Jack Scott's Bio

For more details, please contact: Doctorate in Education Leadership Associate Director Su Jin Jez at

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

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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.

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