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Counties’ Personal Property Tax Bill On Fast Track?

It’s a sign the bill has House Speaker Scott Bedke’s support, according to Boise State University emeritus professor and political analyst Jim Weatherby.  Read more: StateImpact Idaho

Tribal, School Partnerships Key to Native American Student Success

“Building relationships between tribal communities and local school districts is a key step needed to improve Native American student success, according to research by Thaddieus “Tad” Conner, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration.”

Quoted from the UPDATE: Your Source for Campus News.

CONGRATS going out to additional MPA Alumni!

Additional Congratulations to Master of Public Administration alumni, Karianne Fallow, Red Sky Public Relations and Shari Fernandez, Idaho State University, for being amongst hundreds of nominees and recognized with 50 leading Idaho women! Read more about these and other alumni achievements…

Original source: Idaho Business Review, article by Jeanne Huff, published: December 21, 2012

The backdrop to the public lands debate

“An opinion piece penned by John Freemuth, professor of public policy and a fellow at the Andrus Center for Public Policy, ran in the Spokesman Review. Freemuth discussed public lands debate, offering starting points for conversations that might move things in a positive direction.

Quoted from the John Freemuth (31) UPDATE: Your Source for Campus News.
Original source:The Spokesman-Review, Eye on Boise, The backdrop to the public lands debate…

Additional source: High Country News: The Range, Opinion From Around The West

Congratulations to MPA Alumnus, Stacy Pearson!

Congratulations to Master of Public Administration alumnus, Stacy Pearson, for being recognized for the 2013 Idaho Business Review Woman of the Year Award.

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“Pearson serves as the university’s chief financial officer. She oversees finance and treasury, which includes a $400 million university budget, human resources and information technology, as well as tax and regulatory compliance and environmental health and safety. Pearson recently was appointed to the Capital City Development Corporation Board and is a key representative for the university for many external relations such as with the Idaho Legislature, Governor’s Office and Boise State Foundation.”

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Congratulations to MPA alumnus, Luis Caloca!

Congratulations to Master of Public Administration alumnus, Luis Caloca, for being recognized in the Education section of the weekly BusinessInsider edition.  Luis Calcoa has been named director of admission for the College of Western Idaho (CWI).  Read more in the Feb. 26-Mar. 4, 2013 BusinessInsider edition of the weekly Idaho Statesman magazine publication.

Original source: BusinessInsider, Feb.26-Mar. 4, 2013 edition

Dr. Greg Hill collaborated on the report for the “Hispanic Profile Data Book for Idaho, 2012”

A team from the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, led by emeritus history professor Errol D. Jones, produced the “Hispanic Profile Data Book for Idaho, 2012” and presented it to the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs Legislative Reception on Feb. 6. The 150-page report is an analysis of the condition of Idaho’s largest minority group that comprises about 11.5 percent of the state’s population.

Team members who collaborated with Jones on the report were: Greg Hill (Chair, Public Policy & Administration), Rosaura Conley-Estrada (Sociology), and graduate students Christina Crow-Cruz (Social Work), Brian Laurent and Morgan Bow (Public Policy & Administration).

The report can be accessed online at

Original source: Social Sciences and Public Affairs in Update Your source for campus news

David Solan to Head International Power Generation Team

David Solan, director of the Energy Policy Institute housed at Boise State, has been invited to head up a Statistical Working Group for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The group has been tasked with developing a prototype decision support tool for countries evaluating their power generation options.

… The tool Solan and his team are working on will help individual countries make these determinations and ultimately make comparisons to other generation choices, such as renewables and fossil fuels.

Original source: Communications UPDATE

Dr. Witt featured in IPT video

Stephanie Witt, professor of public policy and administration, was featured in an Idaho Public Television video report on the Jan. 7 State of the State address. Watch it here.

Original source: UPDATE Communications

Boise State University launching new Ph.D. program

Boise State has announced a new Ph.D. in public policy and administration, fostering the next generation of public professionals and furthering its mission as the statewide leader in public affairs research and education. Full-time and part-time students may apply beginning Dec. 15 for the program that starts in fall 2013.

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