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Jan11, 2019

Frank Newport, the Dean of National Pollsters, Steps Back from Gallup After 28 Years at the Helm

By University of Denver |January 11, 2019

Frank Newport, who has guided the Gallup poll since 1990, has transitioned to senior scientist, which means he will be active with analyses and survey methods, but will pull back from the management and lead published analyses.Frank NewportThe Gallup poll was founded by George Gallup and made famous starting in 1936 previewing presidential elections (Roosevelt vs. Landon) with two colleagues, Elmo Roper and Archibald Crossley. All three founders had talent in scientific methods, politics and med...
Jan11, 2019

Mueller is Political, Not Legal Challenge for Trump

By University of Denver |January 11, 2019

The political environment of the Trump administration will change dramatically in 2019.The new Congress has started and Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker. The Democratic majority was elected to restrain President Trump. They will have powers of appropriation, authorization, oversight and investigation. President Trump produced much of the political news during his first two years. But Congress and especially the House will now become a source of news and reaction. Mitch McConnell will have several mor...
Jan11, 2019

Shutdown and the Wall. Year Not Ending Well for Trump.

By University of Denver |January 11, 2019

At the December 11 famous televised meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, President Trump, in one of his exuberant moments, said that the “wall” was worth a government shutdown and he will be “proud to shut down the government…I will take the mantle.” Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell worked around Trump’s shutdown impulse on December 19 with a Senate voice vote. But, Trump under pressure from his base, demanded the House pass a new resolution with $5 billion for the wa...
Jan11, 2019

2018 Summer Professional Development – Post #1

By Harvard |January 11, 2019

The temperature in Cambridge as of late makes summer seem like a very long time ago, but a project sent my way has a summer theme. Summer is a time when many HKS students engage in professional development and our Office of Career Advancement shared some information submitted by students on the kinds of work and activities they engaged in last summer. This is the first in a series of posts highlighting some of the submissions by students. Alyssa Davis - MPP 2019I interned at the City of Grand R...
Jan10, 2019

Mattis Resigns With Blast at Trump’s Leadership

By University of Denver |January 10, 2019

In my blog on November 3, “We Are Going to Miss Mattis,” I highlighted Mattis’ advocacy of the rule of law in the Khashoggi murder and the importance of alliances based on trust and honesty. But, the post also cited his likely imminent departure. His influence was diminished and the Commander in Chief had disparaged him in an interview (Win or Lose, Trump is Changing the Team, Nov. 1, 2018).He is not alone in his departure. A host of top officials are out as 2019 begins. Attorney General J...
Jan10, 2019

Senate Says “No” to Trump on Khashoggi and Yemen War

By University of Denver |January 10, 2019

President Trump and his top representatives, Secretary of State Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mattis, were told as clearly as possible that their Middle East policy related to Saudi Arabia cannot be guided by Trump’s view of foreign policy stripped of America’s historic commitment to human rights and rule of law.The Senate also, reflecting the midterm vote and repeated polls, began to assert a more aggressive oversite of the administration’s foreign policy. They passed a resolution condemni...
Jan10, 2019

John Brennan and CIA Director Gina Haspel

By University of Denver |January 10, 2019

CIA Director Gina Haspel was on her way to brief the U.S. Senate on the Khashoggi murder when she and former CIA Director John Brennan walked past George H.W. Bush’s casket and were pictured together. Hopefully, the President either missed the picture or doesn’t assume Brennan was part of any briefing. Trump is not a Brennan person.John Brennan and Gina HaspelHaspel may be in trouble, even without the Brennan walk-by. She was complimented by senators from both parties on her candid assessmen...
Jan10, 2019

Use the optional essay to your advantage

By Columbia University |January 10, 2019

Application deadlines are here, and the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid has been getting a lot of calls and emails lately. We’re glad you’re reaching out to us with your questions. I’m choosing to tell y’all about something that has NOT been asked about, which is the optional essay. [Before you get too far: […]...
Jan10, 2019

New York City Career Trip

By Tufts University |January 10, 2019

A large segment of Fletcher has temporarily relocated to New York City for a few days for the annual NY Career Trip, organized by the Office of Career Services (OCS). As usual, there’s a full agenda with lots to choose from, including site visits, panels, and an alumni networking event and reception. Many students will take the opportunity to schedule additional meetings and informational interviews while in the city, too. There are of course lots students who don’t plan on ending up...
Jan10, 2019

Courses at HKS

By Harvard |January 10, 2019

MPA/ID core course DEV-401: Linking Theory to Practice This post highlights a core course offered in the MPA/ID program and we encourage those interested in learning more about the course offerings and faculty at HKS to utilize our website. Course listings for all our programs and the faculty directory are open to the public on our website as explained in this previous blog entry. The MPA/ID core course, DEV-401 Applications and Cases in International Development, co-taught by Professors Ad...
Jan09, 2019

Welcome, Januarians!

By Tufts University |January 9, 2019

It’s official: those who started at Fletcher this past fall are no longer the newest students here. Our class of Januarians arrived today, and they’re currently working through a full orientation schedule. We had a chance for a quick hello at this morning’s welcome breakfast, and will look forward to a bit more face time between now and the weekend. It’s always nice when the weather cooperates, too, never a guarantee in these parts in January. Our 7th-floor lobby always p...
Jan09, 2019

Chinese and American Thought: Bilingual Perspectives

By Johns Hopkins University |January 9, 2019

Student blogger Cady Deck, Certificate ’19, shares her experience taking an English and Chinese co-taught class offered this semester. Class field trip to Maoshan, a Daoist mountain near NanjingThis semester I am taking Chinese and American Thought: Bilingual Perspectives, which is a new course that is co-taught in English and Chinese. It examines Chinese and Western thought, focusing specifically on religion, philosophy, and law. It is a fairly broad course with a lot of potential for di...
Jan09, 2019

2019 Student Life Insight Series – Post #1

By Harvard |January 9, 2019

Yonge Qian is the Founder and President of A Better Community (ABC), a HKS’ case studied social enterprise. Under his leadership, ABC has provided over 250,000 hours of pro-bono consulting services to more than 150 nonprofits and foundations, equaling a market value of almost $50 million. In 2016, Yonge became a Ginkgo Fellow in recognition of his social entrepreneurship work in China. Before engaging full time with ABC, Yonge had 7 years working experience in China’s private equity indu...
Jan08, 2019

If you’re missing NYC during Winter Break: Favorite Places to Study outside of Columbia University

By Columbia University |January 8, 2019

Although Lehman Library is the default, and perhaps easiest, place to study for SIPA students, there are plenty of other spaces to explore throughout the City. Sometimes it’s great to get out of Morningside Heights and make the trip to other neighborhoods. Below is a list of some of my favorite places to study off […]...
Jan08, 2019

Explore Data Analytics at SU’s Maxwell School

By Syracuse University |January 8, 2019

Maxwell Launches New Data Analytics Area of Study for MPA Syracuse University Maxwell School’s consistently top-ranked Master of Public Administration (MPA) program has launched a new area of study in Data Analytics for Public Policy, reaffirming the program’s tradition of excellence in preparing graduates with the management and analytic skills to tackle new and emerging public-sector challenges. Modern […]...
Jan08, 2019

Winter Break Student Sharing Sessions and Virtual Sessions

By Harvard |January 8, 2019

This post serves as a reminder that throughout the HKS winter break students who are traveling are kindly setting aside time to meet with applicants and prospective applicants. Upcoming sessions are noted below and if we add more sessions we will post updates to this blog. These sharing sessions are not formal admission interviews nor do students sit on an Admissions Committee or pass along evaluative comments for Committee members to consider. The sessions are simply a time for prospective stu...
Jan07, 2019

Financial planning tips from Madhuri

By Tufts University |January 7, 2019

Madhuri is enjoying a well-deserved break after finishing her first semester at Fletcher. The prospective student experience is still relatively fresh for her, though, and she put together a number of helpful tips for financial planning (and you can expect additional future posts related to scholarship and financial aid on this blog). As you prepare to submit your application and await decisions, getting going on financial planning is an important process on which to focus. As prospective appli...
Jan07, 2019

2019 Application Cycle Fellowship/Scholarship Information – Post #17

By Harvard |January 7, 2019

This post is part of the ongoing Student Financial Services (SFS) Financial Aid series where resources from different regions of the world are highlighted. Below are several examples of resources for applicants from Asia.  You can research other resources in our funding resource database . As a reminder, for those who submit the 2019-2020 admission application, the HKS financial aid application is due on February 4th, 2019. HKS Resources The DS Foundation Public Service Fell...
Jan04, 2019

Congratulations to Rep. Elissa Slotkin MIA ’03

By Columbia University |January 4, 2019

Yesterday the 116th U.S. Congress was sworn in, and it’s one of the most diverse groups ever, including the largest number of female members in Congress with more than 100 women in the U.S. House alone. Elle.com featured 35 new women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives back in November, including SIPA alum Elissa […]...
Jan04, 2019

Winter Break Student Sharing Sessions and Virtual Sessions

By Harvard |January 4, 2019

This post serves as a reminder that throughout the HKS winter break students who are traveling are kindly setting aside time to meet with applicants and prospective applicants. Upcoming sessions are noted below and if we add more sessions we will post updates to this blog. These sharing sessions are not formal admission interviews nor do students sit on an Admissions Committee or pass along evaluative comments for Committee members to consider. The sessions are simply a time for prospective stud...
Jan03, 2019

Deadline reminder: one week to go!

By Tufts University |January 3, 2019

Regular readers may have been happy to have a bit of a respite in recent days from my incessant deadline reminders. Repetitive? Definitely. Tedious? Perhaps. Important? Absolutely! One reason January 10 is the largest deadline of the admissions cycle is that it’s the final deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for scholarship aid, i.e. almost everyone. There are a few more deadlines to come in February and even early March (most of those specific to individual degree programs),...
Jan03, 2019

2019 Application Cycle Fellowship/Scholarship Information – Post #16

By Harvard |January 3, 2019

This post is part of the ongoing Student Financial Services (SFS) financial aid series focused available financial aid resources for applicants who have applied for admission. Below are several examples of resources for applicants from Africa. You can research other resources in our funding resource database . As a reminder, for those who submitted the 2019 admission application, the HKS financial aid application is due on February 4, 2019. HKS Resources The Aida Kayali Inte...
Jan02, 2019

Day in the Life of a Hopkins-Nanjing Center Student: Hope Parker

By Johns Hopkins University |January 2, 2019

Student blogger Hope Parker, MAIS ’20, describes a typical day at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. Now that I have been in Nanjing for a few months, I have settled into my classes and a weekly routine. Here is what a normal day looks like for me at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center:6:30 a.m. Go for a runI start the morning with a run on the Nanjing University track or by going to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center fitness center. As the weather has gotten colder, fewer people have been on the track. Luckily, this...
Jan02, 2019

2019 Application Reading and Decision Process – Post #4

By Harvard |January 2, 2019

Happy New Year. Our office is open again after our break, but even though we were closed, many members of the Admissions Committee were busy reading files. Admissions Committee meetings will not start to occur on a regular basis for several more weeks and the vast majority of our reading still is ahead of us. I checked our email boxes in the morning and we received several hundred email messages during the break. We will chip away at the messages we have received in the coming days and for those...
Jan01, 2019

January Events 2019

By Johns Hopkins University |January 1, 2019

Virtual Information Sessions:January 2, 2019 (12:30pm EST): Virtual Master of Arts (MA) Question & Answer SessionJanuary 3, 2019 (8pm EST): Hopkins-Nanjing Center Virtual Information SessionJanuary 16, 2019 (12:30pm EST): Masters Programs for Experienced Professionals (MAGP & MIPP) Virtual Information SessionJanuary 24, 2019 (8pm EST): Hopkins-Nanjing Center Virtual Information SessionOn-Campus Information Sessions:January 7, 2019 (5pm EST): Masters Programs...
Jan01, 2019

Happy New Year!

By Tufts University |January 1, 2019

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Dec28, 2018

“I’m coming straight out of undergrad. Should I apply?”

By Columbia University |December 28, 2018

When we here at Admissions talk about what we look for in a SIPA candidate, the first item on that list is professional experience: “Most successful applicants have had at least three years of work or internship experience relevant to their intended course of study.” But every year, the incoming class has a small percentage […]...
Dec27, 2018

Checking in as we count down to January 5th

By Columbia University |December 27, 2018

There’s about 10 days until the January 5th application deadline, and I wanted to check in on how you’re doing. Hopefully you’ve gotten your test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation squared away, as well as having the bones of your personal state and short essay together. Not there yet? Definitely follow up with your […]...
Dec24, 2018

Happy holidays, and a few reminders

By Tufts University |December 24, 2018

A quick reminder here that our office (and Tufts at large) is closed today and tomorrow for the Christmas holiday, as well as next Monday and Tuesday for New Year’s. Whether or not you observe these particular holidays, I hope the season is providing you with a bit of downtime, as well as the chance to spend some of it with family and friends. At least some of our staff will be here on the days between these dates, so you can still feel free to be in touch with any questions, and we’...
Dec22, 2018

Upcoming Scholarship Opportunities

By Columbia University |December 22, 2018

The Financial Aid team — along with wishing you the merriest of holidays — would like to announce these upcoming scholarship opportunities. As always, please check SIPA’s External Funding Database for other opportunities. If you qualify and would like to apply for any of the following scholarships, we encourage you to add the deadline to […]...