Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee
Date of First Reading: February 1, 2021
Date of Second Reading: March 1, 2021
Title of Motion: Request from the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions – for the establishment of a graduate degree – MA in Policy Advocacy
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The MA in Policy Advocacy program will provide training and skills needed for successful careers within policy advocacy. Students will understand both the role of public policy and how it relates to policy advocacy, but also how to effectively communicate public policy to appropriate stakeholders (e.g., how to break down nuanced academic studies and translate into demonstrative action). In addition, students will learn analytical and methodological techniques to evaluate public policy strategies and determine their effectiveness in solving policy issues from an empirical standpoint.