School of Public Affairs

Consistently ranked among the top 20 in the nation, the School of Public Affairs focuses on the future of governance and public policy, developing new solutions and the next generation of leadership. The school maximizes impact through transdisciplinary research, project-based education, collaborative and inclusive community engagement, experiential learning and innovative solutions.

Signature initiatives include:

Promoting urban policy and innovation: Through both the Center for Urban Innovation and the Alliance for Innovation, the school is advancing cutting-edge applied research to promote best practices and help city managers better navigate a fast-changing environment and advance communities.

Elevating civic engagement: The Morrison Institute for Public Policy bridges the gap between academic scholarship and public policy development through its services to public and private sector clients and its independent research agenda. The Participatory Governance Initiative combines teaching, capacity building, research and dissemination activities to promote participatory democracy initiatives, particularly at the municipal level of government.