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    Ready for the World

    Batten School graduates are ready to lead from day one. We train our students to be agents of change to promote a better society. Coursework in psychology, economics and other disciplines play a role in developing essential decision-making skills.
  • Batten School students visit Capitol Hill

    Real World Experience

    Batten School students do not only study public policy, they interact with the nation's policy makers and affect policy in their communities. Professor Gerry Warburg's MPP class visits with legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill.
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    New Online Course

    The Batten School launches the first comprehensive public policy course online in February. "Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century" is a massive open online course or MOOC featuring discussions with top leaders, such U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, former Congressman Tom Davis, Congressman Gerry Connolly, former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers and more.
  • Associate Professor Christine Mahoney in the classroom

    Inspired Learning

    Our innovative approach to public policy has attracted some of the best scholar-practitioners in political science, psychology, law, history and economics. They’re driven by policy issues and eager to abandon academic silos. They’re published and accomplished, a combination of the sharpest minds at U.Va., as well as some of the best research institutions in the country.
  • Batten MPP students outside of Garrett Hall

    Batten Community

    At Batten, you’ll join stellar faculty and driven students at one of the nation’s top “public ivy” universities. Whether you’re in the MPP program, an undergraduate in the accelerated MPP track or a pioneer in a dual degree program, you’ll graduate ready to lead from day one.

Batten News

Tanzania's elementary school enrollment rate has risen in recent years, but now experts are taking a close look at the quality of education. As Batten Professor Isaac Mbiti found, only one of five third grade students can read at a second grade level and less than a third could pass a simple math test designed for second graders.

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Annie Rorem would be the first to tell you that in her personal life, she is a “capital-F feminist.” Although she’s inclined to take a more measured tone in the professional arena, her work as a mathematician has nonetheless become a crucial tool in understanding the social equality issues she takes on.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE The complex endgame of negotiations between the major powers and Iran underscores the limited options states have to combat nuclear proliferation, something with which U.S. policy planners are going to have to learn to live.

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The knowledge and skills learned in Professor Paul Martin’s class, “Philanthropy: Private Initiatives for the Public Good,” prepared two Batten School recent graduates for a national stage. Paige McDermott (BA '15) and Stephanie Hough (BA '15) represented the school at a national conference and competition with representatives from 14 peer institutions to vie for the top prize of $50,000. McDermott and Hough's proposal won the top prize this past weekend.

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