Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Online chat set April 9 for admitted prospective students

Hilary Shager Hilary Shager

The La Follette School will hold an online chat from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, for admitted prospective students to answer questions they might have.

As many as three current students, Senior Student Services Coordinator Mary Treleven, Associate Director Hilary Shager, and Student Services Associate Jennifer Donahoe will be online. Admitted students can sign up online to participate.

Past admissions chats have explored why people come to La Follette. Students select the school for its strength in policy analysis and the opportunity to build a skills base. The school also offers a strong program with a small class size and good funding opportunities.

"La Follette's holistic approach is very helpful," says Shager, who completed a Master of Public Affairs degree at La Follette in 2005. "Policy analysis teaches you that you need to consider the political and practical implications and trade-offs of different policy options. All of the quantitative skills are very much admired and useful. Finally, the opportunity to work for real-world clients gave provided opportunities to improve my presentation skills and gave me actual policy experience to discuss in job interviews."

Admitted prospective students can also learn about how La Follette gives students a lot of flexibility in the types of policy areas in which they take classes.

"A public affairs degree over a public policy or public administration degree adds to the flexibility by offering many courses in both areas, not just one," Shager says.