Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

With the La Follette School’s emphasis on clear communication, Katie O’Sullivan has parlayed her interest in data analysis into a career that spans the public and private sectors. As PricewaterhouseCoopers’(PwC) Midwest Region Practice Director, the 2000 alum develops and drives project initiatives that affect six Midwest markets and the region as a whole.

Wisconsin has increased public access to outdoor recreational opportunities thanks in part to Erin (Rushmer) Probst's work with the Department of Natural Resource's stewardship program.

As public concern heightens over current completion rates for students at America's community colleges, faculty affiliate Sara Goldrick-Rab has systematically examined 25 years of rigorous research in search of explanations of success and remedies for dropouts.
The public policy implications of Wisconsin's budget legislation were explored at a La Follette School forum. Three La Follette School faculty members joined a political scientist, an alum practitioner and the university's director of state relations in commenting.
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 00:00

Pugh explores education policy

For Christa Pugh, education is the key for people who are poor or underserved by society to improve their lives. "I hope that by working in education policy, I will be able to empower students to achieve the goals they set for themselves," the first-year public affairs student says.

Faculty affiliates Sara Goldrick-Rab and Douglas Harris, an alum, co-authored the Brookings Institution report that helped to inform President Obama's American Graduation Initiative, a 10-year, $12 billion investment in community colleges. The president announced the plan on July 14.

More detailed analysis of how English language learners score on proficiency tests could help Wisconsin school districts improve their academic achievement, La Follette School students recommend in a new report.

Professor emeritus Andrew Reschovsky briefed members of the Nebraska Legislature’s revenue and education committees about property taxation and school funding.

School finance expert Andrew Reschovsky has been making the rounds of Wisconsin media in the wake of a school finance reform proposal released June 24 by the Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction.

Economist Andrew Reschovsky is participating in two conferences in June.
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