ERIC Number: ED480675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Toward Diversity in Public Service: A Report to the Ford Foundation on the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program 1980-2000.
MacAllum, Keith; Gallup-Black, Adria
This report presents findings from a study that examined 20 years of work by the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program, which was introduced in 1980 to help increase minority representation at decision-making levels in the public sector. The PPIA supported talented and committed students of color through a series of activities culminating in a Master's degree in public policy or international affairs. Through surveys and interviews, the study reached nearly 1,000 program fellows and alumni and over 20 participating PPIA institutions. Part I, "Research Findings for Fellows and Alumni," demonstrates the impact of PPIA by documenting overall program quality, the educational achievement, career choices and advancement, and patterns of public service of program fellows. Part II, "Research Findings for Participating Institutions," focuses on the outcomes for the schools of public policy and international affairs that participated in the fellows program, illustrating how the program affected the schools' capacity to recruit and retain students of color. Nearly all of the respondents reported that PPIA made it far easier for schools to target students of color, which in turn made the task of diversifying easier. Many felt that PPIA left its mark on the culture of the school, mainly by means of the PPIA students themselves. The program demonstrated what worked to encourage minority involvement in public policy and international affairs, namely, visibility. Equally important was presenting public policy as a viable career choice, where students could make both a difference and a living. Appendices include the research methodology, data sources, and PPIA participating schools. Includes the executive summary. (Contains 42 bibliographic references and 63 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Diversity (Student), Enrollment Trends, Graduate Study, Higher Education, International Relations, Masters Degrees, Minority Groups, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, Public Service, Student Recruitment
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.