Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Alumni Profiles

November 8, 2017

Carolyn Hill (MA ’96)

Karl Scholz was instrumental in opening up the possibility of me of getting a PhD and thinking about the best kind of program given my interests. I loved my coursework and learning at La Follette.

As someone who hires many different policy and budgeting positions for the state, we look for applicants that have the skills taught at La Follette.

The depth and breadth of La Follette coursework gave me the confidence to feel that I can tackle any assignment handed to me.

La Follette courses provided me with an extremely solid foundation in applied research methods, which has allowed me to more quickly pursue my current research than might otherwise have been possible.

Safe & Sound operates at the intersection of policy and practice, and it’s an exciting opportunity to see how the research plays out in community work on a daily basis.

Taking the quantitative analysis coursework – both semesters of statistics and cost-benefit analysis – was key in helping me be prepared for state budget work immediately after graduation.

My experiences at La Follette make me much better at my job, especially when it comes to analyzing policy, using evidence to create smart public policy, and being a good consumer of research.

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.

November 28, 2016

Matt van Buren (MPA '15)

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.

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