Last week we talked about incrementalism in Institutions and Values. Incrementalism is the practice of government agencies increasing their budget requests each year. There's no incentive to decrease spending, and legislators may find it easier to pass slightly larger budgets than to evaluate entire agency budgets anew. Our army classmate Adam contributed this experience: While stationed … Continue reading Shower taxes and the Army in Alaska
oh my god, i passed! this is the most exciting 80 i've ever gotten in my life. Law for Public Administrators is kicking my butt. Professor Szypszak intimidates the hell out of me. i'm pretty sure he gave me credit for my imprecise reply for "what does penumbra refer to regarding Griswold v. Connecticut," but i don't care. this is … Continue reading Law for Public Administrators
leaving north carolina was difficult. now leaving korea feels the same. i fluctuate between being ready to see friends and family and wondering if i'm making the right decision. the same questions surface. is this the right move? how can i leave people i care about? have i really given this (place) all i could? … Continue reading i don’t like change.
so i did a little recon. US News has a WA school in the top 10 best MPA programs in the country. University of Washington in Seattle has an MPA program ranked #9 by US News. For non-WA residents, the MPA costs ~$64,000. that would be a no go. duke's program ranks #16, but the … Continue reading out-of-state tuition is too expensive
huzzah. unc accepted me into their mpa program. i didn't think i'd get in. maybe grad schools are hurting for tuition. now i have that buyer's remorse that always surfaces after getting something i want. woody allen says it best in Annie Hall: "i would never want to belong to any club that would have … Continue reading going back to school
i just finished a phone interview with UNC. they work quickly. the application deadline was 1/15. roughly 50% of interviewees are accepted into the MPA program, so i'm no shoo in. but i'm more interested in the MPA program than I was prior to the call. the interviewers were professional, prepared and gracious. two professors, … Continue reading UNC School of Government interview
The UNC MPA application is out the door, and I'll submit NCSU this week. I believe I ought to explore programs outside of the state and the US for good measure, but my inner naysayer says out-of-state tuition will be prohibitive, and what sense does it make to learn about economic development in an international … Continue reading NCCU, maybe not a good choice for grad school