Policy Research Seminar (Capstone)
This course, taken in the final semester of the program, is designed to provide an integrative experience by developing an actual program or policy implementation in cooperation with a local, state, national, or international agency that has been given a specific policy directive. Consideration will be given to evaluation and measurement of the expected outcome of the policy, personnel, budgetary needs and impact, and the development of support among public and private parties whose cooperation is necessary for success. To develop leadership skills further, this project will be completed individually or as a team exercise, which will be reviewed and evaluated by faculty and may be evaluated by agency officials and key representatives of constituencies affected by the policy. Note that because this course is a research seminar, it cannot be completed as a directed study.