Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Accelerated Program

October 31, 2017

Dan Spika, MPA

My ultimate goal is to get to a position where I can move the needle on poverty policy.

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.

Curiosity and persistence have paved Sean Bray’s path from hockey player to aspiring European Union policy maker.

September 12, 2016

Jordan Krieger, MPA

I hope to use the analytical and management skills I learn at La Follette to fight for opportunity and economic mobility.

Alex Straka wants to help solve the problems rooted in global economic integration. “The pressing issues of today are not just international but global,” the La Follette School student says.

La Follette School student Sierra Fischer is promoting strong and safe communities by helping the National Council on Crime and Delinquency calculate how many probation and parole agents, supervisors and support staff are needed at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and predict future workload demand.

With nearly every regulation that crosses Patrick Fuchs' desk at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President, he uses what he learned in the La Follette School's policy analysis and microeconomics courses.

For Erik Dolson, the best way to address a problem is to consider all the possible solutions. When a career advisor suggested he consider public policy schools, Dolson looked at the La Follette School and other master's programs. "Taking apart problems and fixing them with public policy sounded interesting," Dolson says.

Jiaqi Lu is confident technical skills in policy analysis will help him find work with an international organization and help him advance reforms underway in China. "I want to learn knowledge and skills about how to solve social issues and do my best to make some contribution to build a better world for everyone," the first-year international public affairs student says.

Farha Tahir will Skype in from Washington, D.C., to discuss international jobs with La Follette School students at noon on Tuesday, February 19, in the La Follette School conference room.
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