The heart of NYU Wagner's programs is our faculty. An amalgam of full-time, clinical/research/visiting, and adjunct professors, they are outstanding teachers, expert researchers and committed practitioners.
NYU Wagner Dean Ellen Schall served as moderator as British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and former Chair of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker gathered at New York University on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 for a fascinating discussion with students and faculty on "A New Multilateralism in the 21st Century." The event included such pressing and complex issues as global economic structures and policies, the challenges of climate change, and the need for cooperative approaches to security.
In January, 2009, Bill Gates shared his first "Annual Letter" relating his expanded role at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and priorities for the Foundation during the year ahead. In the letter, Gates discusses: why he remains optimistic in the face of the current economic crisis, and the Foundation's work in their focus areas of global development, global health and U.S. programs. Gates specifically details the progress that has been made in the field of global health, and the importance of moving that work forward, with special focus on HIV/AIDS, polio, malaria, and childhood health; the critical need for agricultural improvements in Africa; the state of U.S. education, and the Foundation's new strategic approach; and the role of foundations, and the importance of partnerships between the sectors.
The Gates Foundation's focus on global development resonates strongly at NYU Wagner, where one-third of students are pursuing an International specialization with their MPA. Wagner is also home to the Financial Access Initiative (FAI), a research consortium launched with support from the Gates Foundation in 2006. FAI is a consortium of leading development economists focused on substantially expanding access to quality financial services for low-income individuals. FAI is led by Managing Director Jonathan Morduch (NYU Wagner), Director Dean Karlan (Yale), and Director Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard).
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The Institute for Education and Social Policy (IESP), a joint initiative of New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at NYU, has released a new study showing that a New York City initiative to create after-school programs expanded public funding of such programs from $23 million in 1998 to $300 million in 2008. Participants also rose -- from fewer than 20,000 children to about 160,000. The state and federal share of the cost has increased to about one-third, from 20 percent.
The Institute for Education and Social Policy conducts non-partisan scientific research about U.S. education and related social policy issues to help inform educational institutions and policymakers about the effectiveness of instructional programs, the impact of school reform initiatives and the relationships between academic achievement, school finance and socio-economic and demographic factors such as poverty, ethnicity and immigration status. Its Director is Professor Amy Ellen Schwartz, a professor at Steinhardt and Wagner, and its Associate Director for Education Finance is Leanna Stiefel, of Wagner.
To read the report, which was featured in the October 23, 2008, edition of Education Week, please click the link below.
In a letter dated June 23, 2008, the noted government reform expert Paul Light — a professor at NYU Wagner — has urged John McCain and Barack Obama to use their influence and unique position as sitting senators running for president to pass bi-partisan legislation that would reform the appointment process and improve government performance. The McCain-Obama Government for the 21st Century Act recommended by Professor Light would cut the number of presidential appointees next year, accelerate the nomination and confirmation process, and help fix a broken federal government. A strong focus on governance during the campaign, Dr. Light contends in the letter sent to the two senators, will ensure that the next president is truly "Ready on Day One."
The release of the letter (below) coincides with the publication of Professor Light's op-ed in The Washington Post, entitled "Can't-Do Government" (also below).
Paul Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, has written a timely and compelling new book, "A Government Ill-Executed: The Decline of the Federal Service and How to Reverse It." The book is receiving a raft of attention and plaudits from the media, and was the focus of a special event June 9 at the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, D.C., with introductory remarks delivered by former Senator Tom Daschle. NAPA cosponsored the event -- attended by more than 65 people -- with NYU's Brademas Center for the Study of Congress, housed at Wagner. Among the public attention the book has received is a live web discussion; Light was invited by the Washington Post to participate in it (click below).
According to the book, published in May of 2008 by Harvard University Press, the federal government is having increasing difficulty faithfully executing the laws, which is what Alexander Hamilton called "the true test" of a good government. This book diagnoses the symptoms, explains their general causes, and proposes ways to improve the effectiveness of the federal government. Employing Hamilton's seven measures of an energetic federal service, Paul Light shows how the government is wanting in each measure.
After assessing the federal report card, Light's book offers a comprehensive agenda for reform, including new laws limiting the number of political appointees, reducing the layers of government management, reducing the size of government as its baby-boom employees retire, revitalizing the federal career, and reducing the heavy outsourcing of federal work. Although there are many ways to fix each of the seven problems with government, only a comprehensive agenda will bring the kind of reform needed to reverse the overall erosion of the capacity to faithfully execute all the laws
Professor Joe Magee won the Outstanding Empirical Paper award for his paper "The Lens and Language of Power: Sense-Making and Communication in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina" at the Eastern Academy of Management conference in Washington, DC from May 15-18. The paper is co-authored with Frances Milliken, NYU Stern; Nancy Lam, NYU Stern; and Daniel Menezes, BA in Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU.