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1 A Proposal for a Master of Public Policy Degree Submitted by the School of Social Ecology and the School of Social Sciences April, 2007

2 Section 1: Introduction 1. Aims and objectives of the MPP program This is a proposal to establish a two-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree that will educate leaders in policy development, implementation, innovation, and analysis in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. A fundamental objective of the proposed MPP is to offer a degree that uses the distinctive strengths of UCI in policy related fields to provide an education in public policy that will allow graduates to participate in the full range of policy activities, including analyzing, developing, implementing, and advocating for policy solutions. This degree program will allow the many faculty members who are already doing research in various fields of public policy to provide training for graduates who will work in federal, state, local and supranational policy. It will allow UCI to develop further the opportunity that the newly approved law school provides to graduate students with expertise in law and public policy, a highly desirable combination in today s job market. The UCI MPP degree program is distinctive in the following important ways: The UCI MPP degree will focus on the full range of policy activity, preparing students to analyze, develop, implement, and advocate for policy solutions. This approach contrasts with traditional MPP degrees, which have focused almost exclusively on analytics, while providing students with few tools for understanding the political, organizational, managerial, and social aspects of policy development, implementation, and advocacy. The UCI MPP degree will focus on multiple methods, including both quantitative and qualitative methods. This approach contrasts with traditional MPP degrees, which focus almost exclusively on quantitative methods. 2. Historical development of the field In the 1970s, major universities across the United States began to establish graduate programs in public policy. These programs focused on preparing students for careers in government, and they armed them with analytical tools developed primarily in the field of economics. Today many of these schools are revising their programs in response to a rapidly changing policy world. Students attracted to this professional degree now are as likely to seek jobs in the business or nonprofit sectors as in government, and they are demanding courses that appreciate the complex, global character of the contemporary policy landscape. We have reviewed the experiences of other top programs, and this has helped us in developing the philosophy that underlies our proposed curriculum. Because we are beginning with a clean slate, we have been able to design our program from the ground up, developing an approach to policy studies appropriate to the 21 st century. It integrates the successful elements of the country s best programs, acknowledges changes in the market for this degree, and introduces significant innovations in orientation, methods and content in a way that reflects the rigorous, forward-looking character of UCI. In particular, the proposed program is informed by the following findings: The policy arena is large and complex and it is important for students to be given a bird s-eye view before they specialize. Therefore, our program begins with an intensive conference/workshop, involving a team of faculty and practitioners, that provides an overview of public policy in the 21 st century led by a team of faculty and practitioners. 1

3 While economic analysis is a central policy studies tool, students today require a broader analytical toolkit. In many policy sectors quantitative analysis is now being complemented with qualitative analysis. Full education in policy studies requires a multi-method approach. Many policy programs focus on proposing solutions to public policy problems. Students are given topical and analytical training. In today s world it is equally important to train students in the job-rich areas of political feasibility, constituency building and implementation, so these will be elevated to foundational components of our program. While policy programs often present policy areas as discrete, academics, government officials and policy advocates increasingly stress the interrelations among policy areas such as immigration, health, and education. The process-focused program we propose can help scholars and students better understand these intersections. Specifically, the proposed program underscores: o o o understanding integration across states, levels of governance, and issue areas. processes of cooperation, competition and negotiation among different entities the roles of private sector actors as well as supra-governmental organizations and substate governments and institutions. UCI s strength in public policy draws on faculty throughout campus. In recognition of the need to build the program on a strong interdisciplinary base, this proposal includes a plan for coordination in the intellectual direction of the program and for equitably sharing resources. The administrative structure that we propose is designed to draw together faculty from the Schools of Social Ecology and Social Sciences (see Section 1, sub-section 6). 2. UCI Strengths in the field. UCI has substantial strength in policy teaching and research. This strength lies primarily in two UCI school (Social Ecology and Social Sciences), though smaller pockets of faculty doing policy related research can be found in nearly every school on campus. While eventually we would like to include faculty from other schools, this initial proposal deals only with the faculty of Social Sciences and Social Ecology. This proposal draws on the Departments of Anthropology,, Planning, Policy and Design, and for the teaching of core courses in the Program. Suitable elective courses are already provided by these departments as well an in other schools across campus. Specific core courses and core faculty as well as specific electives are listed in Section 5. The School of Social Ecology and the School of Social Sciences also house numerous research centers that support the mission of the public policy degree program. 3. Timetable for development of the program The MPP degree will be effective upon approval of this proposal. If the proposal is approved by the end of 2007, the Program will begin recruiting in the academic year. The first class, targeted at 15 students, will enroll in fall Within five years, we anticipate enrolling 30 students per class, resulting in a total of 60 MPP students in residence. These estimates are dependent on the provision of resources, including faculty time to teach the core courses, new fte to ensure that the core courses can be staffed over time and as the program grows, and administrative support. Minimal resources required to start the program are listed on pages and in Appendix C. 4. Relation to Campus Priorities and Enrollment Plan: Increasing the number of graduate degree programs is a high priority for the UCI campus. The May 2001 report of the UCI Academic Senate Study Group on Graduate Education, At Risk: Graduate Academic Education in the University of California, 2

4 Irvine, emphasized the campus need to establish new graduate degree programs. 1 That report called out the specific need to establish additional master s degree programs at UCI. Graduate enrollment growth, including the establishment of new graduate degree programs, is a high campus priority. With the availability of new faculty FTE positions to staff the core courses, there will be no negative effect on undergraduate or graduate offerings from the establishment of an MPP degree. The MPP degree is designed as an inter-disciplinary degree, drawing on the expertise of faculty members throughout campus. The administrative structure of the MPP degree (described later in this section) is designed to ensure that MPP teaching does not negatively impact degree programs in departments. 5. Relation of the proposed program to existing programs on campus The proposed program relates well to a number of existing programs on campus and allows for complementary education opportunities with these programs. The Program offers courses that complement programs across a wide range of departments (e.g., Anthropology, Criminology, Law and Society,,, Planning, Policy and Design, ). Joint or concurrent degrees with the newly approved law (JD) and public health (MPH) programs as well as with existing graduate programs in business (MBA) and urban planning (MURP) are exciting new opportunities to bolster graduate student enrollment at the master s level across programs. The creation of joint or concurrent degree programs was recommended by the report of the UCI Academic Senate Study Group on Graduate Education and should, in part, improve UCI s graduate to undergraduate student ratio to make it more comparable to that of other top 50 research universities. In addition, the MPP program has the potential to involve many of the research centers on campus with opportunities to cross-fertilize programs related to these centers. 6. Interrelationship of the program with other University of California institutions UC Berkeley and UCLA both have public policy degrees. Research suggests that there are many more people who apply to public policy programs than can be accommodated by current programs both in the UC system and beyond (see student demand data in Section 2). Our program is designed to complement the existing programs in the system by providing a new and different focus. In particular, as described in Section 5 of this document, we have developed a new structure for an MPP degree centered around an entirely new set of core courses. While the program incorporates the microeconomic and analytical tools and orientation that are typical of MPP degrees, it embeds them in a broader set of tools and perspectives. This broad approach reflects changes in the character of the policy world and new career opportunities, as well as an appreciation for some of the shortcomings of the first generation of policy programs. Because the UCI MPP will have a different focus from the programs at UCLA and Berkeley, we do not anticipate an adverse effect on applications or enrollments at the UCLA or Berkeley programs. In addition to providing a different focus, another public policy program in the UC system will increase opportunities for jointly held conferences and symposia. 7. Program governance The Deans of Social Ecology and Social Sciences, with input from faculty members in their schools, have developed a memorandum of understanding that outlines the administrative structure of the MPP degree. The text of that memorandum of understanding, which defines the administrative structure of the MPP degree, is repeated below. 1 At Risk: Graduate Academic Education in the University of California, Irvine, report of the UCI Academic Senate Study Group on Graduate Education, available on-line at: 3

5 MASTERS OF PUBLIC POLICY MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING The Masters of Public Policy (MPP) is an independent program housed in the School of Social Ecology and reporting to the deans of the School of Social Ecology and the School of Social Sciences. Financial oversight will be provided by the office of the Dean of Social Ecology and the Office of Graduate Studies. The MPP will be advertised as an independent program of the two Schools, with affiliated Departments: (1) Anthropology, (2) Criminology, Law, and Society, (3), (4) Planning, Policy and Design, (5), (6). The MPP Program will have a Director. The Director will be appointed by the Dean of Social Sciences and the Dean of Social Ecology and will hold faculty appointment(s) in of one or more of the affiliated Departments. The term of the director will normally be three years, renewable. The Director will report to the Deans of Social Ecology and Social Sciences. The Director will meet with the lead dean once per quarter and at least annually with both deans normally in the spring quarter. The executive committee will include representatives of the departments from the Schools of Social Ecology and Social Science with Core faculty, preferably evenly split between the two schools. This group will set academic policy, make recommendations on curriculum and advise the director on the constitution of committees (e.g., hiring, merit and promotion, admissions) to be made up of Core and Affiliate members. Executive committee members will be nominated by department chairs and appointed by the dean of the school to which they belong. Any new FTE resources allocated to the MPP will be filled through a collaborative recruitment process. The Director in consultation with the relevant chairs will recruit a search committee for each faculty search following consultation with the MPP executive committee. Search committees will be constituted of representation from the Program and the relevant departments. Faculty in the home recruiting department(s) for an individual faculty member will review and vote on the proposed appointment(s). Student credit hours for course enrollments will be applied to both the program and the home department of the faculty member teaching the course. Student credit hours for jointly taught courses will be split between the relevant home department(s). Student Enrollment Headcounts will be tracked independently of either School. Budgets shall be provided independently to the Program. The Director, in consultation with the Executive Committee, will propose to the two deans an annual budget for staff, operations, and recruiting costs. Incremental resources will be requested for the MPP Program. Additional operating support will be provided by the Schools commensurate with participation. Additional professional school fees generated through the MPP graduate program will be used to support the program services. The Director, in consultation with the Executive Committee and the Deans, will make arrangements for providing student services, including staff support for admissions, advising, and tracking the academic progress of students in the MPP program. New resources will be requested for MPP graduate student support. Funding from the existing block allocations for Social Ecology and Social Sciences is not anticipated. The planned initial level of enrollment is 15 entering students per year. We anticipate growth to at least twice that size as the program develops. The arrangement proposed in this Memorandum of Understanding will be reviewed after three years by the deans of Social Ecology and Social Sciences in consultation with the Executive Committee. Other governance issues are covered in the by-laws in Appendix A. 4

6 8. Plan for evaluation of the MPP program Graduate programs are formally evaluated every ten years at UC Irvine. This includes both an external review by a panel of nationally recognized scholars and an internal review by a subcommittee of the UCI Graduate Council. The graduate programs of the School of Social Ecology were reviewed in 2004, and the next regularly scheduled review of social ecology graduate programs will be in The proposed MPP degree will be evaluated as part of that normal review process for social ecology graduate degrees, unless the Deans of Social Ecology and Social Sciences agree to an alternative arrangement, such as reviewing the MPP degree at the time that Social Science graduate degrees are reviewed or developing a separate, standalone review for the MPP degree. Section 2: Program 1. Undergraduate preparation for admission: An undergraduate degree is required for admission. Students must have successfully taken courses in microeconomics, statistics and an introduction to politics and government or their equivalent. Students may be admitted into the graduate program contingent on completing these prerequisite courses and meeting all applicable UC and UCI criteria (for GPA, GREs, etc.) prior to enrolling in classes. 2. Foreign language requirement: Not required. 3. Program of study a. Specific fields of emphasis: Students will build on the core courses to develop emphases in keeping with their interests. Given the breadth of faculty expertise available at UCI, MPP students will be able to take courses and develop expertise in substantive policy fields as well as in policy processes. The following are the categories of electives that provide opportunities for specialization: Substantive policy fields o Crime and justice o Environmental science and technology o Health, education and welfare o Housing and urban development o Immigration, race and ethnicity o Security and foreign policy o Transportation Policy processes o Management o Analytical methods o Policy Processes b. Plan: Masters I c. Unit requirements: The program of study consists of 72 credits of graduate courses. d. Required and recommended courses: The curriculum consists of 9 required courses, a required introductory conference/workshop, a required capstone research project, and 7 electives. Specific courses will be approved as electives. Courses outside of the approved courses may fulfill the requirement only with the approval of the graduate director. e. Licensing or certification agency requirements: There is no formal accreditation of an MPP degree. The MPP would be recognized through membership in organizations such as the Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM) and the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). 4. Field examinations: None 5. Qualifying examinations: None 6. Thesis and/or dissertation: Students must complete a capstone research project in the second year of the program. 7. Explanation of special requirements over and above Graduate Division minimum requirements: None 5

7 8. Relationship of master s and doctoral programs: The MPP will be a professional degree distinct from any Ph.D. program UCI offers. Students in this program may take their elective courses from courses offered in other master s programs and in Ph.D. programs. 10. Special preparation for careers in teaching: Not applicable 11. Sample Program Year One: Introductory conference/workshop Seven core courses (28 credits) o Information sequence (3 courses) Qualitative methods for public policy Statistical methods for public policy Information and the policy process o Microeconomics and Public Policy o Policy Processes and Institutions of Governance o Public Management o Social Mobilization, Power and Justice Two elective courses (8 credits) Year Two: Two core courses (8 credits) o of Government o Policy and Ethics Capstone research project (8 credits) Five elective courses (20 credits) 12. Normative time from matriculation to degree: two years. Section 3: Projected Need 1. Student demand for the program: In 2003, leading MPP programs received the following number of applications: 6

8 School Applications Admits Yield Harvard (65%) Princeton (76%) UC Berkeley (49%) Maryland (35%) Syracuse (29%) Michigan (29%) Chicago (30%) Duke (29%) UCLA (27%) In addition, two new programs received the following number of applicants: Pepperdine (30%) U Mass Amherst (50%) Stanford offers the MPP only as a formal joint degree with selected programs, or as a separate degree in conjunction with another degree; applicants must already be enrolled in another graduate program at Stanford. Because MPP graduates are competitive for positions in government, business and the nonprofit sector, and are also well positioned to continue graduate studies, we believe demand will continue to be strong. We believe a significant number of applications will come from Orange County and environs. 2. Opportunities for placement of graduates: Public policy jobs are found across sectors of the economy, in government entities, nonprofit organizations and private companies. These opportunities exist both domestically and internationally. Placement opportunities are particularly good in growing areas of the economy such as health care, security, and legal services. California and Orange County both provide a large number of opportunities for the students that will be trained in this program and we would expect many of them to find jobs in state and, often, in county. The high demand for students graduating with a public policy degree can be seen in data we have 7

9 gathered from two sources: (1) the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) and (2) the Ford School of Public Policy, at the University of Michigan, a program primarily oriented to training students for careers in the United States. Both sets of data indicate that even in the earlier economic downturn, placement of public policy students is strong. The APSIA data indicate that 42% of students found work in the public sector, 25% in the private sector, 23% in the nonprofit sector and 10% pursued further study. Of the APSIA graduates who reported their job status, only twelve percent (12%) reported that they were still looking for work after six months. The University of Michigan data rely not on response rates but reflect the full count of each student who graduates from the program. These data show placement rates of 90% or over within a year of graduation. The data are listed from 2001 to The high rate of placement during the economic downturn indicates that there is a strong demand for these students. It is important to note that these figures reflect substantial investment in placement, including two full-time professional positions dedicated to placement and internships for approximately 85 students. Distribution of Graduates, Ford School Percentage Consulting Private sector Federal government State government Local government Foreign government Employer Law firms Non-profit or NGO's Graduate school These numbers indicate an increase in the demand for public policy students in the nonprofit sector while the demand in the public sector remains high. Some decrease over time in students employed in the private sector reflects a conscious effort on the part of the Ford School to emphasize the public and nonprofit sectors in admissions, training and placement. 3. Importance to the discipline: The MPP degree will address several gaps in current public policy graduate education. Those include the following. 8

10 The UC Irvine MPP will broaden the focus of public policy studies beyond the traditional emphasis on analytics, to include political, organizational, managerial, and social aspects of policy development, implementation, and advocacy. The UC Irvine MPP degree will expose students to the use of multiple methods in policy analysis and the policy process. These traits position the UC Irvine MPP to be a national leader in public policy thought, education, and scholarship. 4. Ways in which the program will meet the needs of society: Improving the theory and practice of public policy is critical to the well being of society. Public policy has strong relationships to the achievement of important social values including equity, efficiency and democracy. Public policy influences the distribution of both material and symbolic resources. Policy has critical links to class, race, and social structure and the mitigation or amplification of status and other differences. Through public policy, tax monies are both collected and expended, and such monies can be more or less efficiently allocated. Public policies, particularly regulations, greatly impact the efficiency of private and business enterprises. The transparency, responsiveness, and accountability with which public policies are made and implemented are important benchmarks of democracy. Further, public policies are capable of encouraging or discouraging citizen participation through the ways in which policy design and implementation treat various individuals and groups. The state of California and Orange County, with their large and diverse populations and extensive economies have equally complex public policy issues. Our students would be well positioned to engage in policy analysis and to participate in making and implementing policies in the state and the county. 5. Relationship of the program to research and/or professional interests of the faculty: At the campus level, the MPP program will serve as an intellectual home for all faculty members with policy interests. The MPP program will provide an identity recognized outside the university, and a structure that can participate in the policy studies community. It will serve as a platform for workshops, grants, and research. It will allow faculty to expand the policy content of specialized courses. Within the Schools of Social Ecology and Social Sciences, the MPP will attract more graduate students and contribute to the ongoing task of ensuring that the schools grow in directions consonant with the university s mission. There are many faculty members in the participating departments who have research interests in public policy and who will benefit from the increased profile for policy teaching and research that the MPP program will bring. Those faculty members are too numerous to mention here, but for a list of core and affiliated faculty see Section 4 of this proposal. Appendix B lists the research interests of the core faculty. 6. Program differentiation: The proposed program will complement the existing MPP programs at UCLA and Berkeley. Both programs turn away several hundred applicants each year. We believe many of these candidates are well qualified and could be easily served by another UC campus. Furthermore, an additional MPP program in the UC system will facilitate cross-campus conferences and collaborations. UCI has already participated in a conference of Deans of Public Policy Programs in California convened by UCLA on March 21 and 22, 2007 in which participants discussed various ways of providing curricular support and utilizing resources effectively. This group (including UCLA, UCSD, UC Berkeley, USC, Pepperdine, RAND, CS Sacramento, CS Fullerton, CS Dominguez Hills, CS East Bay, University of San Francisco and California Polytechnic State University) discussed meeting on a regular basis and would provide a basis for planning collaborative events. There are several existing university-wide resources that we can draw on for this purpose, in particular the California Policy Research Program and its constituent project initiatives. 9

11 Section 4: Core Faculty and Affiliated Faculty (See Appendix E for letters.) Core Faculty Marigee Bacolod Marianne Bitler Marlon Boarnet and Martha Feldman Amihai Glazer Mireille Jacobson Cecelia Lynch Richard Matthew David S. Meyer David Neumark Kevin Olson Shawn Rosenberg Kurt Van Dender Affiliated Faculty Edwin Amenta Scott A. Bollens Catherine Bolzendahl Victoria Basolo Frank D. Bean Victoria Beard Planning, Policy and Design Matthew N. Beckman Lisa Garcia Bedolla Susan K. Brown David Brownstone Alison Brysk s Leo Chavez Anthropology Ken Chew Louis DeSipio 10

12 & Chicano Latino Studies Joseph F. DiMento Criminology, Law and Society and Planning, Policy and Design (Affiliate Faculty cont d) Cynthia Feliciano Chicano & Latino Studies & Wang Feng David John Frank Susan Greenhalgh Anthropology Ron Huff Criminology, Law and Society Dean of Social Ecology Matt Huffman Helen Ingram Policy, Planning and Design Marek Kaminski Politcal Science George Marcus Anthropology Bill Maurer Anthropology Cheryl Maxson Criminology, Law and Society Sanjoy Mazumdar Francesca Mazzolari Dick McCleary Criminology, Law and Society Pat Morgan Kristen Monroe Henry Pontell Criminology, Law and Society Mark Petracca Giuseppe Ragusa Kaushik Sunder Rajan Anthropology Wayne Sandholtz Judith Stepan-Norris Luis Suarez-Villa George Tita Criminology, Law and Society Judith Treas Susan Turner Criminology, Law and Society 11

13 Section 5: Courses The Master of Public Policy degree will require 72 credits of graduate courses, taken over two years. In year one, students attend an introductory conference/workshop, take seven core courses (28 credits) and two elective courses (8 credits). In year two, students take three core courses (including the capstone research project, briefing and oral exam) (16 credits) and 5 elective courses. The core requirements of the program are listed below. Conference Workshop MPP programs typically begin with a cluster of specialized courses, proceed through a set of electives and internships, and conclude with a capstone seminar or project that provides an opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills that the student has acquired. While the proposed program follows a similar sequence, it includes a number of innovations. In particular, it begins with a multi-day conference and workshop through which faculty and practitioners will provide students with an in-depth overview of the policy process and an understanding of the careers that await them at the other end of the program. The core courses will then unpack and develop the principal elements of this overview. The objective is to ensure that students are given a big-picture understanding of the policy process from the outset. This will help them to understand the importance of and interrelationships between the core courses. It will also give them a sense of the complex, dynamic character of today s policy environment, and of the many career opportunities that are available to MPP graduates. Core Courses: The nine core courses are listed below. Sequence in Information and the Policy Process This 3 course sequence includes a course in qualitative methods and public policy, a course in statistical methods and public policy and a course that follows these two courses in information and public policy. The first two of these courses can be taken in either order, but both must precede the third course on Information and the Policy Process. MPP2XX: Qualitative methods and public policy (Fall or Winter Quarter, Year One) Potential instructors: Martha Feldman, Cecelia Lynch, Shawn Rosenberg This course will provide students with the ability both to understand and evaluate policy information obtained through qualitative research methods and to employ these methods in their own research. The course will explore different methods of qualitative research and their use in illuminating and contributing to policy formulation, policy implementation, and policy effects. Among the methods to be investigated are the case study; ethnography, including participant observation; interviews, including structured and semi-structured interviews and focus groups; and discourse and image analysis. The course will explore the strengths and limitations of each of these methods as well as some of the debates pertaining to the use of each. It will also examine the epistemological bases for choosing various methods. MPP2XX: Statistical Methods for Public Policy (Fall or Winter Quarter, Year One) Potential instructors: Marigee Bacolod, David Neumark, Marianne Bitler, Marlon Boarnet This course introduces students to methods of analyzing and interpreting experimental and survey data. It covers material about the way in which data are collected (experiments versus observational studies), analyzed, and interpreted. Statistical methods discussed include estimation and testing for two sample comparative studies, simple and multiple linear regression and correlation, analysis of variance, categorical data techniques and more. The focus is on application of the techniques and interpretation of the results. The importance of checking the adequacy of assumptions for each technique is also emphasized. MPP2XX: Information and the Policy Process (Spring Quarter, Year One) 12

14 Potential instructors: Mireille Jacobson, Marigee Bacolod, David Neumark, Martha Feldman, David Meyer Data serve many purposes including informing, justifying and legitimizing the policy process. Such information comes from a variety of sources, and is packaged in many different ways. Its circulation is channeled, facilitated and impeded through an assortment of mechanisms. This course critically evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of both the methods (qualitative and quantitative) and the data used in making public policy claims. It looks at the bases of certain widely accepted measures of poverty, growth, environmental quality and the like. It examines the sources of information including think tanks, policy analysis, and science, and how and where in the governing process information generated by various sources is received and used. It also considers how cultural norms affect the type of information generated across countries, political groups, and other social or jurisdictional boundaries. Finally, it uses the analytic and critical tools developed in this and prior methods courses to evaluate the state of current knowledge on particular public policy issues. MPP2XX: Microeconomics and Public Policy (Winter or Spring Quarter, Year One) Potential instructors: Mireille Jacobson, Amihai Glazer, Marlon Boarnet, Kurt Van Dender Microeconomics for public policy analysis focuses on the impact intended or not that public policies have on the functioning of markets. This class introduces the fundamental principles of microeconomics that are required for applied policy analysis. How do consumers and producers make decisions on what to buy and on what and how much to produce? Under which conditions does the interaction between buyers and sellers in markets maximize economic surplus? When the market fails to maximize surplus, how can policy remedy such market failures? What is the effect of policies that aim to redistribute surplus? Is there a risk for policy failure? In tackling these issues, the microeconomic approach emphasizes the importance of incentives for explaining economic agents behavior: when designing public policy, it is imperative to consider how consumers and producers are likely to respond to it neglecting to do so may undermine policy effectiveness. The applicability of the framework will be illustrated with examples from past and current policy, in fields such as the health care, poverty, the environment, transportation, and so forth. The class aims to provide students with an intuitive understanding of the microeconomic approach, and to familiarize them with concepts used in applied public policy analysis. While we emphasize concepts rather than technique, we will rely on formal reasoning using basic mathematics. Where necessary, techniques will be explained in the class, making it self-contained. MPP2XX: Policy Processes and Institutions of Governance (Fall or Winter Quarter, Year One) Potential instructors: Matthew Beckman, Richard Matthew This course explores the institutions that influence the adoption and implementation of policies and the ways that they influence adoption and implementation. This course aims to provide students with general concepts of governance including but not limited to government structures that legislate, adjudicate and execute laws using the U.S. federal government as a starting point. In addition to formal governmental institutions, the course will discuss the influence of businesses, NGOs and other entities on public policy and structures such as markets and networks. These concepts of governance will be examined by exploring specific policy issues in specific contexts (e.g., health care in China; poverty in urban United States, etc.). While this course aims to provide students with general concepts of governance that apply in many different contexts, students will be asked to choose a particular context and apply the concepts to that particular context. For instance, students will be taught in general about the role of the judiciary and students will be responsible for learning about the role of the judiciary in a particular policy arena. 13

15 MPP2XX: Collaborative Governance and Public Management (Winter or Spring Quarter, Year One) Potential instructors: Martha Feldman This course examines the roles of various actors in implementing ideas that have become policies. Policies are generally implemented through formal organizations. Occasionally one organization has responsibility for implementation, but increasingly implementation involves partnerships between organizations at different levels of government, between organizations in the public, private and not-forprofit (or NGO) sectors and between organizations and the public. Implementation and public management increasingly involves managing these partnerships. This course examines these intra- and inter-organizational aspects of policy implementation. Specific topics that are likely to be included are public relations and managing the press, stakeholder and SWOT analyses, civic engagement and deliberative democracy, community asset models and relational perspectives on governance. This course utilizes case materials from a variety of contexts. MPP2XX: Social Mobilization, Power and Justice (Winter or Spring Quarter, Year One) Potential instructors: David Meyer This core course focuses on citizen participation and collective action inside and outside of government institutions in the contemporary policy process. Through lobbying, electoral participation, social movements, and other forms of advocacy, citizens set the agenda for policymakers; this course examines why and how. General preferences about government action are less important in making policy than mobilized action. We will examine the circumstances under which policy advocates can mobilize public support and the broad range of means they use to do so, looking at participation in every phase of the policy process. We will also examine the various responses of government actors to outside pressures. Finally, we will examine a variety of strategies and policies that governments can use to invite citizen participation and promote democratic policymaking. MPP2XX: The of Government (Fall Quarter, Year Two) Potential instructors: Kurt Van Dender, Amihai Glazer, Marianne Bitler The course will cover three aspects of public policy, building on the introductory core microeconomics course. First, it will examine the economic effects of major policies, such as Medicare, Social Security, welfare, taxation, and environmental regulation. Second, it will present economic principles that affect the success or failure of many policies. These principles include credibility, commitment, incentive mechanisms, adverse selection, decision making under uncertainty, and risk aversion. Third, it will consider issues that arise with multiple jurisdictions. The topics covered are fiscal federalism (deciding which functions should be assigned to which level of government), yardstick competition (how the presence of competing districts affects performance in each), migration of residents to jurisdictions which provide their preferred level of services and taxes, and the race to the bottom (which can arise when jurisdictions seek to attract wealthy residents or to attract firms which create jobs). MPP2XX: Policy and Ethics (Fall Quarter, Year Two) Potential instructors: Richard Matthew, Kevin Olson This course focuses on policy and ethics in three ways. First, we examine the challenge of identifying ethical principles that can guide us in formulating and assessing public policy. What makes policy good and just? Does it matter? How do we assess these? Second, we explore the public policy process from an ethical perspective. Here we are concerned with the behavior of actors inside and outside of government, and the ways in which institutional arrangements promote or inhibit ethical choices. Third, we consider the ethics of the individual engaged in the public policy arena. In particular, we explore, for example, the meaning of professionalism, the appeal to personal conscience in public decision making, the problem of dirty hands, and the ethics of exit, loyalty and dissent in hierarchically structured institutions. The course will include theoretical and case readings that emphasize the United States but also consider the global arena. 14

16 MPP2XX: Capstone Research Project and Briefing (Winter and Spring Quarter, Year Two) The program concludes with a capstone seminar led by participating faculty members. These faculty members will offer a selection of seminars related to current research on significant contemporary policy problems. The topic covered will be the faculty member's choice and will be an engaging, significant problem. Each seminar will be selected to allow students to research all aspects of the policy process, including policy definition, support mobilization, policy design, implementation and organizational management and entrepreneurship. The seminar will be 2 quarters in length. Students will work in teams, as they are most likely to do in practice. Students will present their collective product to a public forum of faculty, students, policymakers, and other interested parties. Elective Courses: The following is a list of currently offered courses that would be appropriate elective courses for the public policy program. Elective Category Health, Education and Welfare Transportation Housing and Urban Development Course Social Ecology U229 Communities and Health Social Ecology U241 Health Promotion and Planning Anthro 233A/ Chicano/Latino Studies 212 U.S. Latinos, Culture, Medical Beliefs Anthro 233B/ Chicano/Latino Studies 213 Health and Medicine Among Latinos and Latinas Education 260 Functional, Interpretive, and Critical Analyses of Schooling Education 277B School Restructuring and Resource Allocation 159W of Education 141A of Government Behavior Social Ecology U275 Planning & Poverty Alleviation in Developing Countries 239 Race and Education 239 Educational Inequality 272 Labor and Industrial Relations 279 Gender, Family, and the Welfare State 279 Sexuality and Social Institutions 279 Organizational Inequality Social Ecology U212 Transportation Planning Social Ecology U233 Transportation, Transit, and Land Use Policy Engineering CEE 220A Travel Demand Analysis I Engineering CEE 221A Transportation Systems Analysis I 282A Transportation I 282B Transportation II Social Ecology U202 History of Urban Planning Social Ecology U207/Crm/Law C207 Development Control Law and Policy Social Ecology U242 Regional Development Theory 15

17 Environment, Science and Technology Crime, Justice Security and Foreign Policy Immigration, Race and Ethnicity Social Ecology U244 Land Use Policy Social Ecology U246 Housing Policy Social Ecology U275 Planning and Decentralization Social Ecology U275 Critical Urbanism Anthro 289D Special Topics in Anthro: The Anthropology of Cities Social Ecology U222 Water Policy Social Ecology U224/ 224a Environmental Politics and Policy Social Ecology U252/C252 Issues in Environmental Law and Policy Social Ecology U234 Environmental Analysis Social Ecology U216 Technology and Development Mgmt MBA207 Information Technology for Management Mgmt MBA275 Strategic Information Systems Social Ecology U207 Crm/Law C210 Environmental Law and Policy Anthro 251A Seminar in Science Studies Social Ecology C220/Anthro 246D Law, Violence, and Human Rights Social Ecology C230 Crime and Public Policy Social Ecology C243 Juvenile Justice and Public Policy 219g US-Latin American Security Policies and Politics 219f International Law and Politics 219d International Human Rights 240A American Foreign Policy Decision Making 241C Theories of International Cooperation 219e International Illegal Flows & the State 219f International Security 219f State, Society and Security in Developing Countries 219e Religion and Culture in World Politics Social Ecology U275 Urban Security 249 Post Communist Societies 259 Global Social Institutions 230A/SocSci 253V Race and Ethnicity 231A Theory and Methods in Asian American Studies 239 Mexican Migration and U.S. Policy 239 Immigration Incorporation 239 Immigration and the New Second Generation 259 Comparative International Migration Policies 269 Immigrant America Anthro 235A Transnational Migration 126C U.S. Immigration and Policy 219d Immigration, Politics and Policy 219c/Chicano/Latino Studies 289 Ethnic Politics 16

18 Management Analytic Methods Policy Process 219d Intersections of Race, Class and Gender Social Ecology U230 New Leadership Roles Social Ecology U283/ 222A Collaborative Governance and Public Management Social Ecology U265 Power and Empowerment in Organizations Mgmt MBA200 Management of Complex Organizations Mgmt MBA229 Leadership and Influence Mgmt MBA220 Organizational Change Mgmt MBA225 Negotiations Social Ecology 254 Research Design and Data Analysis Social Ecology U228 Demographics, Planning and Policy Social Ecology 291 Program Evaluation Social Ecology 260 Seminar in Applied Statistics Social Ecology U208 California s Population (Demography) Social Ecology U237/C248 Geographic Information Systems Criminology C275 Special Topics Spatial Analysis Social Ecology 266B Applied Logistic Regression 222 Comparative/Historical 226 Methods of Demographic Analysis 265: DASA Research Design Mgmt MBA283 Decision Analysis Anthro 208A Anthropological Fieldwork Methodology 219g/MgmtPhD 291/ Sociol 229 Analysis of Qualitative Data 275a Advanced Quantitative Methods in 219b Qualitative and Interpretive Methods 254a Introduction to Game Theory 240A/SocSci 253J Social Movements Social Ecology U221/ 221A Public Policy 241A/SocSci 253I Political 249 Strikes Anthro 246B/SocSci 254M Law, Colonialism, and Nationalism Anthro 289A Special Topics in Anthro: The Anthropology of Public Policy 219c Legislative Processes 219b Comparative Public Policy Several affiliates offered to teach other electives that are not currently on the books. These include: Anthropology: : : : : : Approaches to Globalization Labor Policy Statistical Methods for Public Policy Comparative Settlement and Integration Policies Environmental Global Civil Society 17

19 Workshops In addition to the required courses, the students in this program will benefit to the extent that the program is able to offer skill-building workshops that will teach them skills necessary to be employed in the public policy field. Workshops in such areas communications skills (e.g., memo-writing, oral briefing, dealing with the press) and in project management are currently necessary to bridge the gap between incoming skills and job requirements. The length and number of these workshops will depend on resources availability. Concurrent Degree Programs and Certificate Programs The UCI environment makes it possible to create numerous concurrent degrees with the MPP. Concurrent degrees typically provide the student with degrees in two areas for less time than it would take to complete each of the degrees separately. The MPP can be combined with another professional degree resulting in an MPP/JD, MPP/MBA, MPP/MPH, MPP/MURP, MPP/ MSCE, MPP/MEd. The MPP can also be combined with a disciplinary master s degree for a joint MPP/MA with many of the social sciences or humanities (anthropology, economics, history, political science or sociology may be the most likely) and for a joint MPP/MS with a variety of science disciplines (e.g,. biology, engineering, chemistry, physics). The MPP can also be conjoined with a master s in area studies such as Middle-Eastern studies, Chinese studies, Eastern European studies, and so forth. The MPP could also be combined with certificate programs. Students may, for instance, be able to certify in a language program taking only slightly longer than the time it takes to complete the MPP degree alone. The MPP degree can either be combined with existing executive education programs or, following the example of the MBA program on campus, versions of the MPP degree might be designed to appeal to working professionals. In the future it may be possible to offer a 3/2 undergraduate/mpp program, popular at many other leading universities. Once the MPP degree is approved, the MPP committee, as the governing body for the MPP degree, can pursue concurrent or joint degree options such as those listed above. Section 6: Resource Requirements: The following tables depict graphically the goals and requisite resources from Spring 2007 through the 1 st graduating class in Spring Goals Spring 2007 Summer 2007 Fall 2007 Winter/ Spring 2008 Summer 2008 Fall 2008 Winter/ Spring 2009 Summer 2009 Fall 2009 Winter/ Spring 2010 Program Development: Curriculum and Faculty Commitment Student Recruitment (Publicity and Admissions) Faculty Recruitment 18

20 Establish physical space (offices, classrooms, student lounge) Long term planning Run 1 st year curriculum Coordinate Program events Placement Development Run 2 nd year curriculum Resources Director (compensation and course release) Administrative support IT support Spring 2007 Summer 2007 Fall 2007 Winter/ Spring 2008 Summer 2008 Fall 2008 Winter/ Spring 2009 Summer 2009 Fall 2009 Winter/ Spring 2010 Faculty incentives for course design and curriculum development Operational budget Marketing budget Faculty recruitment budget Event budget 19

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