Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Report highlights school's 2016-17 achievements

Report highlights school's 2016-17 achievements

The La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison published a 16-page Highlights report in early October. The document showcases the many achievements of the school’s students, faculty, alumni, and staff during 2016 and 2017.

Sections on teaching and learning, research, outreach and the Wisconsin Idea, and alumni in action emphasize the depth and breadth of the school’s reach. For example, La Follette School faculty received funding awards from four of UW–Madison’s five major research competitions, and the school assumed leadership of the highly regarded Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars and the Committee Connect initiative.

The document also includes details about the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition, a $1.5 million, five-year pledge from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl to support nonpartisan research that informs critical governance debates. The Kohl Competition provides a new source of financial support for faculty members’ cutting-edge public affairs research and supports student project assistants, who receive full tuition coverage, a stipend, and health insurance.

Also featured are six of the La Follette School’s impressive alumni: Mark Hadley, deputy director, Congressional Budget Office; Farha Tahir, senior program officer, National Democratic Institute; Wes Sparkman, director, City of Madison Tamara Grigsby Office for Diversity and Inclusion; Carolyn Hill, senior fellow, MDRC; Katie Sanders, executive director, Safe & Sound; and Peter Tempelis, assistant attorney general, Wisconsin Department of Justice.

An electronic version of the 2016–17 Highlights document is posted on the La Follette School’s website. Printed copies may be requested via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..