• 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. Professor Gerry Warburg's MPP class recently visited with legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill.
  • Garrett Hall, University of Virginia

    Make a Difference

    Social entrepreneurship is an approach to creating system-level change through the application of entrepreneurial thinking to social ventures, non-profit organizations, government institutions and NGOs to create economic, environmental and social value for multiple stakeholders.
  • Professor Craig Volden at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC

    Insightful Research

    Professor Craig Volden and co-author Alan Wiseman of Vanderbilt University have written a new book and launched a website to measure of the legislative effectiveness of members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Professor Eileen Chou speaks with students

    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

Leadership Focus More Critical Than Ever, Stam Says

UVA Today (by H. Brevy Cannon, photo: Ron Londen)

There’s a growing consensus that America has a leadership gap holding the nation back from living up to its potential.

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Children in full-day kindergarten programs made much bigger leaps in early reading skills than their schoolmates attending traditional half-day programs, according to a new study.

The gains for Hispanic students were twice as large as their classmates', but there were statistically significant improvements for all full-day kindergartners across the board, said researcher Chloe Gibbs, an assistant professor in the schools of public policy and education at the University of Virginia.

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Black athletes are often portrayed as gods—though not always saints. They’re gravity defying (Air Jordan), invincible (Iron Mike), supercharged (if Usain Bolt’s last name didn’t exist, we would have had to invent it), or all-around supernatural (Magic Johnson). These monikers help sell magazines and sneakers, but there may be a deeper bias at play. New research suggests that whites think of blacks in general as superhuman, or at least more so than whites.

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