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Where Are They Now?

April 3 Monday 12:03 PM

New students quickly learn that the Martin School community extends well past graduation. While alumni can be found all over the world, they stay in touch-- with each other, their favorite faculty members, and even current students. As the spring semester comes to a close and we send a new group of graduates off in to the world, we would like to celebrate our alumni community. We will be posting fresh Alumni Spotlights throughout the month. Until then, check out some of our past revisits with alumni:

We don't have to look very far to find several of our doctoral graduates! Dr. Denison, who is an expert in public and nonprofit financial management, has been a Martin School faculty member since 2005. More recently, Dr. Zimmer has "come home" to the Martin School, serving as our newest Director. Dr. Trautman has also recently joined us as our Director of Public Financial Management program; she's been a wonderful leader for our innovative new online program offerings. And, Dr. Hall has been a visiting professor with us this academic year-- he's also recently been named the Editor-in-Chief of the Public Administration Review.

Our graduates are making a difference in all levels of government, the nonprofit sector, and in private businesses. For instance, Andrew McNeill serves as the Deputy State Budget and Policy Director, while Danielle Clore serves as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network. We have a number of graduates in local and federal government, too! You can read some of our past Alumni Spotlights here.


MPA Alumna Leads Development for Local Special Olympics Chapter

March 31 Friday 09:27 AM

Angela (MPA ‘13) doesn’t have a typical day as the Director of Marketing and Fundraising for Special Olympics Hamilton County. As a member of a small team, she often wears many hats—“there is a lot of crossover between the program and development departments,” she says, “Some days I am meeting with corporate partners, other days I am running around a soccer field.” She finds this flexibility refreshing. Many of our graduates, like Angela, don’t just work behind a desk all day.

Angela made the most of her time at the Martin School, which continues to benefit her in a number of ways. As a student, Angela recalls a nonprofit management course taught by Dr. Blanton as particularly valuable, which offered a blend of taught material and hands-on practice in developing a nonprofit plan. On the whole, the curriculum and experiences exposed Angela to the types of tools and analyses public administrators use to make difficult decisions. Our program not only honed her skills, but also gave her “a great group of friends who are always helpful in giving career and life advice!”

In her spare time, Angela stays busy traveling and taking her dogs to the park. We are always so inspired to hear about the great work our students are doing for the public good!


Dr. Agrawal Featured Expert in WalletHub Post

March 16 Thursday 01:18 PM

Dr. David Agrawal, an assistant professor for both the Martin School and the Department of Economics, has been featured in a piece published by WalletHub examining state and local taxes. The post ranks states, but also compares the varying types of taxes across states. The authors then ask a number of experts, including Dr. Agrawal, about how people respond to taxes. It's an interesting read as we approach the deadline to file taxes this year!


How Do Charter Schools Affect Students in the Long-Term?

February 24 Friday 12:32 PM

Charter schools have been a hot topic, both at the federal and state level. Our very own Dr. Zimmer, who is a leading educational policy expert with over 150 media mentions in the past year, examines the impact of Florida charter high schools on future success in a recent publication in the Journal of Policy Analysis & Management. Dr. Zimmer and his co-authors found that "students attending charter high schools are more likely to persist in college, and that in their mid-20s they experience higher earnings."

In their analysis, the researchers compared two groups of students-- those that entered a charter high school after completing 8th grade at a charter middle school, and those that went to a conventional high school after completing 8th grade at a charter middle school. Through statistical analysis, they found that those attending the charter high school were 8.8% more likely to attend a two- or four-year postsecondary institution than their peers. They also, on average, made around $2,300 more than their peers overall and around $3,000 more if they attended college within six years of high school graduation. 

Why is this the case? And, can we generalize the results to other school systems and states? Like other schools, charter school programs all differ. The authors have a couple of ideas about why the students they studied were more successful-- perhaps they received better life skill coaching, for example. Much more research is needed to understand the mechanisms.


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