Release Date: April 29, 2005
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Graduate School of Public Policy launched at University of Regina
Dr. David Barnard, President, University of Regina, today announced the formation of a new Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP). The GSPP will prepare students to act as leaders in a variety of professional environments through an emphasis on public management, public policy processes and the economic analysis of public policy.

"The creation of the GSPP is the result of a groundbreaking collaborative effort and sharing of resources by the Faculty of Administration and Faculty of Arts," Barnard says. "The resulting stand-alone program will be uniquely interdisciplinary and a destination for students from across the country."

The GSPP will be an academic unit of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. It will offer two degrees characterized by the integration of theory and practice: the master of public administration (MPA) and the master of public policy (MPP). The MPA, formerly located in the Faculty of Administration, leads to a public service career in management. The new MPP is a degree for those working in the area of public policy, and will help them assess and evaluate alternative approaches to current and emerging issues.

"The University of Regina has a history of distinguishing itself in the arena of public policy education and research," says Barnard. "The new GSPP will create a learning environment that will allow our students and faculty to further build upon our legacy in these areas."

The core curriculum will include an emphasis on quantitative and qualitative analysis; political, economic and organization analysis; and research design and execution. The in-depth study of particular areas of public management and public policy will supplement the foundational program.

"The GSPP will be the home of an accomplished teaching and research team," says Barnard. "This will include Dr. Ken Rasmussen, the new GSPP director and former associate dean of the Faculty of Administration; Dr. Greg Marchildon, the University of Regina's first Tier I Canada Research Chair; and Robert E. Hawkins, incoming University of Regina president. We'll also bring together a number of well-recognized individuals from political and public circles who will act as adjunct professors."

In the future, the GSPP may develop degree streams which take advantage of areas of emphasis at the University of Regina and the knowledge of participating faculty members. This includes health policy and health administration; environmental management and sustainability; indigenous self-government; policy and administration for non-government organizations; and the intersection of minority languages and culture with public policy.

The University of Regina is a dynamic institution that began in 1911 as Regina College, with 27 students. It became a junior college and then a second campus for the University of Saskatchewan, achieving its independence in 1974. Today the University has nine faculties and 23 departments, which have established reputations for excellence and innovative programs leading to bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. Thirteen research units enhance teaching and research opportunities on campus. The University serves more than 12,500 full- and part-time students, and employs more than 1,200 faculty and staff.