Public Service Curriculum Project
The Public Service Curriculum Project aims to provide an unobstructed view of the current state of the field of public service education. The Project will utilize machine learning and other advanced analytical tools to assess and catalog defining characteristics of leading public service education programs. The Public Service Curriculum Project (the “Project”), led by Paul C. Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and Volcker Alliance Nonresident Senior Fellow, supported by Jie Ding, Assistant Research Scientist New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, will develop a comprehensive profile of the seventy-eight top masters-level graduate programs in Schools of Public Service, as rated by US News & World Report.
The Project will utilize machine learning and other advanced analytical tools to assess and catalog defining characteristics of the leading public administration, public policy, and public service programs including faculty composition, enrollment, curricula, how learning is organized and delivered, and where students work after graduation. Data collection will also include, but not be limited to, deans’ messages, student handbooks, brochures, mission statements, and core course syllabi. The central deliverable of the Project will be a robust, descriptive dataset that provides an unobstructed view of the current state of the field of public service education. The unique dataset will facilitate exploration of the central commonalities and differences among what Schools of Public Service teach, to whom, and how. The dataset will also enable individual schools to reflect on and benchmark the core characteristics of their programs relative to the larger field of public service education.
For more information on the Project, contact Volcker Alliance Program Associate Maya Corrin.
Paul C. Light is Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a nonresident senior fellow of the Volcker Alliance.
Mr. Light came to NYU after serving as vice president and director of governmental studies at the Brookings Institution, designing new initiatives for civic engagement as the director of the public policy program at the Pew Charitable Trusts, educating future public servants as professor and associate dean of the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, strengthening public management as a senior advisor to US Senator John Glenn and the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and overseeing the research agenda at the National Academy of Public Administration.
Mr. Light was also a special consultant to the 1988 National Commission on the Public Service, which was chaired by former Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul A. Volcker, after which he advised Chairman Volcker on public service issues for many years. He is a frequent commentator on public service, has testified on public service issues before the US Congress three dozen times over the past two decades, and is the author twenty-six books, of which four have won national book awards. His most recent book is The Government-Industrial Complex: Tracking the True Size of Government, 1984-2019.