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  • Batten School students visit Capitol Hill

    Real World Experience

    Batten School students do not only study public policy, they interact with the nation's policy makers and affect policy in their communities. Professor Gerry Warburg's MPP class visits with legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill.
  • The Russell Senate Office Building dome

    New Online Course

    The Batten School launches the first comprehensive public policy course online in February. "Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century" is a massive open online course or MOOC featuring discussions with top leaders, such U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, former Congressman Tom Davis, Congressman Gerry Connolly, former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers and more.
  • Associate Professor Christine Mahoney in the classroom

    Inspired Learning

    Our innovative approach to public policy has attracted some of the best scholar-practitioners in political science, psychology, law, history and economics. They’re driven by policy issues and eager to abandon academic silos. They’re published and accomplished, a combination of the sharpest minds at U.Va., as well as some of the best research institutions in the country.
  • Professor Eileen Chou speaks with students

    Batten Community

    At Batten, you’ll join stellar faculty and driven students at one of the nation’s top “public ivy” universities. Whether you’re in the MPP program, an undergraduate in the accelerated MPP track or a pioneer in a dual degree program, you’ll graduate ready to lead from day one.

Batten News

Meet Batten's New Student Leaders

(by Caryl Merten (MPP '15))

From left to right: Michelle Cho, Terry Mason, Hayley Lawrence (not pictured: Emily McLean)

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Congressman John Lewis Among Medalists on Founder's Day

UVA Today (by Anne Bromley)

On Monday, the 272nd anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth, the winners of this year’s Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture, Law and Citizen Leadership each inspired audiences in public talks about distinguished careers that encompass, respectively, the leadership challenges of Civil Rights activism, the architectural discipline of shaping public spaces and the complexities of international law.

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Patashnik: Five Key Lessons About the Welfare State

The Washington Post (by Eric Patashnik)

During the 1980s, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher won elections while promising to curb spending on social programs. The conditions seemed right: liberals had lost power, and organized labor was in decline. Yet both Reagan and Thatcher largely failed.

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MPP Student Michelle Cho Leads by Giving Back

(by Sarah Whelan)

Even before she came to college, Michelle Cho was interested in policy. After taking a few undergraduate courses exploring this interest, Cho actively pursued her curiosity with an internship at the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), exploring how gender inclusive policy affects foreign aid. That experience reinforced her love even more.

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Batten Leads the Pack in Presidential Management Fellows

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management recently announced the 2015 Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) candidates from colleges and universities across the country. The Batten School had an exceptional number graduate students chosen to participate in the program.

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