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.
The Management Specialization prepares students to lead and manage organizations around the world. The curriculum begins with the premise that the public, nonprofit and private sectors are inextricably linked, and that managers and leaders in one sector need to appreciate the demands, opportunities, and constraints of the other sectors. To help students develop the appropriate breadth and depth of skills after completing the core management course, CORE-GP 1020, Managing Public Service Organizations, the curriculum is arranged in three Areas of Expertise: Strategy & Organizations, Human Resources & Organizational Behavior, and Performance Management & Operations. Each Area of Expertise is organized around a cluster of courses and includes one course that is required of students specializing in management.
Earlier this year, NYU Wagner partnered with New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio and his office’s nonprofit Fund for Public Advocacy as well as the New York Community Trust to support a rigorous public dialogue about City pensions, retiree health care expenses, and other long-term public obligations and liabilities.
Wagner hosted two of the three forums, which were moderated by New York Times metro columnist Michael Powell and included experts in state and local financal management, including Dan Smith, assistant professor of public budgeting and financial management at Wagner.
To read a just-published summary of the discussions, entitled “Balancing New York’s Fiscal Responsibilities: A Report and Roadmap for Action,” visit here.
You will also find a backgrounder (a companion booklet supported by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation) concerning the size of government and the changing cost, design, and affordability of the City's and State's retirement benefits: “Balancing New York’s Fiscal Responsibilities: Public Employee Pensions & Retiree Health Care Costs.”
Group facilitation methods of the Technology of Participation (ToP) are part of the NYU Wagner course "Innovative Leadership for Sustainable Human Development." Students and faculty can now learn more of the Technology of Participation (ToP) here in NYC this Fall.
Developed over 40 years by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (www.ICA-USA.org) to engage stakeholders in grassroots village settings, ToP methods are now used in organizational, business and government settings around the globe. The methods are relevant to people who work with groups that need highlevel participation to be effective, including managers and supervisors; executive directors and board members; facilitators and trainers; educators and health practitioners; and active citizens and community workers. Unproductive conflict disappears, groups create their own motivation, personal commitment and increased productivity becomes a norm, and tangible results appear more quickly.
Technology of Participation NYC (www.NYCTOP.org) is offering two trainings for Fall 2012: ToP Facilitation Methods (TFM): Nov 28-29 (W-Th) and ToP Strategic Planning (TSP) Facilitation: Dec 1-2 (Sa-Su). For course info & registration go to: http://www.top.ica-usa.org/eventcat.php?id=1 Registrar: firstname.lastname@example.org for local information and answers to questions.
The just-released U.S. News & World Report rankings of 266 public affairs master's programs across the country show NYU Wagner tied for 6th overall this year.
The results are thrilling confirmation of Wagner's upward trajectory. In the previous survey four years ago, Wagner finished in the top 10 for the first time, having risen from 26th in 2001. Additionally, Wagner is top-ranked in six of the specialty categories: #2 in City Management and Urban Policy; #8 in Health Policy and Management; #5 in Nonprofit Management; #8 in Public Finance and Budgeting; #9 in Public Management Administration; and #8 in Social Policy.
Wagner is grateful to the deans, directors and department chairs of master's programs around the country whose votes acknowledge our path of distinction and success.
Rising costs and budget reductions are forcing New York City leaders to grapple with the long-term financial impact of City retirees' pension and health care benefits. At present, about 20 percent, or $13 billion, of the City's annual budget pays those expenses. This portion arises from collective bargaining agreements, the ups and downs of the stock market, the dynamics and costs of health care, demographics, and other factors.
Weaving questions of public finance and public policy, a December 12 roundtable discussion at NYU Wagner on the City's long-term liabilities drew more than 100 guests, as leading experts explained the hard numbers and difficult choices associated with the public cost of health care for city and state employees, both active and retired, in the years ahead.
The discussion was the second of three roundtables on long-term liabilities cosponsored by The Fund for Public Advocacy; the Office of Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate for the City of New York; as well as by NYU Wagner and the Wagner Economics and Finance Association.
"It's the 20 percent of the budget that we tend to talk about the least," noted De Blasio, who explained that the question of how long-term liabilities are handled is critical to sustaining the City's strengths as a major local employer and an indispensable provider of public services.
The event included a keynote address on Federal health care liabilities by Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, and a panel discussion with Carol Kellermann, president of the Citizens Budget Commission; Bruce McIver, president, the Voluntary League of Hospitals and Homes New York; Carol O'Cleireacain, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and New York Times columnist Michael Powell (moderator).
Reshma Saujani, executive director, Fund for Public Advocacy, and deputy advocate for special initiatives at the Office of the Public Advocate, delivered opening remarks, as did Neil Kleiman, special advisor to the NYU Wagner dean.
The series is being presented with the help of generous support from The New York Community Trust and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
Ellen Schall, Dean and Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy & Management at NYU Wagner, moderated a comprehensive, in-depth panel discussion on healthcare policy and management on December 12 at the second annual "Innovations in Healthcare Symposium" at New York University.
Attended by 150 guests, the symposium was co-sponsored by NYU Wagner, the College of Nursing, and NYU Langone, and was held at the NYU Langone Medical Center's Alexandria Center, located along the East River. The gathering brought together leading minds from inside and outside the healthcare industry to offer solutions for healthcare reform and innovation.
Dean Schall's panel, "Innovation in Health Care Delivery: Making Patient-Centeredness Real," included these leading healthcare experts: Annette Diefenthaler, PhD, Design Researcher and Project Lead, IDEO; Kimberly S. Glassman, PhD, RN, Sr. Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, NYU Langone Medical Center; Albert G. Mulley, Jr., MD, MPP, Director, Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science Professor of Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School; and Michael Meltsner, JD, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law.
Commented Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean & CEO at NYU Langone Medical Center, "Discovering innovative ways to deliver health care cannot be accomplished if we work only in silos, and succeeding in this challenge never been more important than it is today. Providers, payers, academia and industry must collaborate to create novel methods to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of care at a reasonable cost. This symposium was created to facilitate dialogue and drive action towards improving the healthcare delivery system."
The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy at NYU offers a Health Policy and Management Program that has been recognized as one of the best in the country, crossing traditional boundaries, linking management, finance and policy and providing students with the cutting-edge concepts and skills needed to shape the future of health policy and management. Students in the Wagner program receive a set of tools and experiences that allow them to understand both the delivery of health care services and the broader social, cultural and economic factors that influence health outcomes. Wagner's students experience firsthand the importance of health care delivery and health promotion in one of the most interesting, diverse, and complex cities in the world, and its graduates work in every sector of the health care system.