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All of La Follette’s pillars are exactly the skills I use to succeed every day at my job: critically analyzing both qualitative and quantitative information, using those analyses to draw verifiable conclusions, and succinctly communicating my ideas and conclusions via both verbal and written communication.
La Follette helped set me apart from other young lawyers and provided a certain rigor in policy, writing, and analysis that gives me confidence and credibility in a lot of areas that I would not have otherwise had.
The faculty is impressive, the school’s reputation is sterling, and its small size allows for a lot of community-building and one-on-one contact with professors and teaching assistants.
My most rewarding experience at La Follette was working with the Wisconsin Legislature on a special taskforce to address childhood obesity.
The first year of the MPA program gave me the foundational skills needed to succeed in government and nonprofit work. During my second year, I was able to take courses in the School of Education while concurrently working for the state Department of Public Instruction.
Why the La Follette School? Expertise in social policy and interest in attending UW-Madison.
My La Follette experience has enabled me to see how data can drive policy as well as consider its implications for program evaluation and performance management.
At the moment, I am in the midst of three vastly different and exciting research projects. I am looking at pharmaceutical corporate charitable giving, executive compensation, and income sources for those living on and off Native American tribal lands.
I chose the La Follette School because its commitment to practicing the Wisconsin Idea really resonated with me. I was drawn to UW-Madison’s longstanding commitment to extending its expertise beyond campus borders to solve problems and make positive changes throughout the state, the nation, and the world.