Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

For Charlie Carlson, the keys are methodology and relationships. By parlaying that combination through three decades of collective bargaining, human resources management, local government consulting and entrepreneurship, Carlson and his partners built an online management company so efficient at retrieving data and compiling reports that Gallup Inc. bought the firm after sampling its software.

Saturday, 23 November 2013 06:49

Alum works on automated vehicle technology

2000 alum Jason Bittner is featured on the University of South Florida's home page for the Automated Vehicle Institute he is helping to launch.
Monday, 09 February 2015 00:00

Andersen takes policy skills to Audit Bureau

Virginia Andersen, a 2015 graduate of the La Follette School of Public Affairs, is a program analyst with the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau.

After reaching his career goal of serving as an appointed official in a governor's administration, alum Tim Casper is back in the higher education realm as public affairs and government relations manager for Madison Area Technical College.
Twenty-five years ago they were juggling child care, jobs and commutes into Madison to attend their public affairs classes. Now, still drawn together by a love of political talk, the La Follette Lunch Bunch members pass around photos of grandchildren while they debate local and national politics and public policy.

Debby Anderson Meyer does not like inefficiencies — particularly ones that keep her from building relationships with people.

Sylvia Fredericks has experienced the good and the bad of Florida's higher education policy. The state covered her tuition, fees and book expenses for the four years she spent at the University of Florida. When she went to work for her alma mater, she saw students who were not prepared for college struggle and drop out. Her experiences prompted her to enroll at the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Our alumni and friends are one of the La Follette School's greatest assets. The prestige and reputation of the school grows with your accomplishments.

Governor Scott Walker's budget would lower property taxes for the typical Wisconsin homeowner by allocating an additional $211 million of state spending to the School Levy Credit. However, only about half of any increase in the credit would provide Wisconsin homeowners reduced property taxes on their primary residences.

Monday, 17 September 2012 00:00

Miller tackles bureaucratic entanglements

Bryan Miller wants to weed out inefficiencies. "Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs, I found the deeply embedded bureaucracy made local policy innovation difficult — even though individual regional facilities were relatively efficient," the second-year student says. "I want to make program and policy improvements on a bigger scale."

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