Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

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The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (Maxwell-Eggers complex).jpg
TypePrivate graduate school for public administration and international relations
Established1924; 97 years ago (1924)
Parent institution
Syracuse University
Academic affiliations
APSIA, NASPAA
DeanDavid Van Slyke
Postgraduates800
Location, ,
United States
Websitewww.maxwell.syr.edu

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (the Maxwell School) is Syracuse University's graduate school for public administration and international relations. It hosts the oldest public administration degree in the United States.[1]

History[edit]

Abraham Lincoln Statue in front of the Maxwell School by James Earle Fraser.

The school is named for George Holmes Maxwell, a Syracuse alumnus and Boston patent attorney who in 1924 donated $500,000 to the university to establish a school which would aim "to cull from every source those principles, facts, and elements which, combined, make up our rights and duties and our value and distinctiveness as United States citizens". Maxwell's initial interest was in training all undergraduates for their roles as informed citizens in the American democracy; University officials convinced him the school should also provide professional training for future government officials and other public servants.[2]

The Maxwell School was dedicated on October 3, 1924, and was the first program to offer a graduate professional degree in public administration. That Master of Public Administration program is the oldest continuously operating, university-based MPA in the United States.

In 1937, the school took its full name and moved into Maxwell Hall, a purpose-built building on the west end of Syracuse University's main campus. In that year, Syracuse University's graduate programs and undergraduate instruction in the social sciences were moved into Maxwell, giving the school the unusual hybrid structure that remains today.[3]

In 1968, Maxwell professor Dwight Waldo presided over the Minnowbrook I conference, which established the foundations for New Public Administration.[4] Subsequent Minnowbrook II and III conferences were held in 1988 and 2008 at the eponymous Blue Mountain Lake retreat.[5]

The school's rapid growth necessitated the 1990 "Campaign for Maxwell", which raised capital to fund a new building to accommodate the expansion. The result of the campaign was the Bohlin Cywinski Jackson-designed Eggers Hall, which opened in 1994.[6] Eggers Hall adjoins Maxwell Hall at the corner, together forming an "L" shaped complex that houses the present-day Maxwell School.

In 2013, the Maxwell School and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington, D.C., entered into a collaborative agreement that included headquartering all Maxwell operations at CSIS.[7]

Departments[edit]

Research centers[edit]

The school also hosts or co-hosts ten research institutes, encouraging interdisciplinary study and conversation within such broad rubrics as global affairs, domestic policy, conflict and collaboration, environmental studies, aging, public wellness, citizenship, and national security and counterterrorism.[8]

The "Center for Policy Research", established in 1994, houses the Metropolitan Studies, Aging Studies programs, the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, and the Upstate Health Research Network.[9] Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism was established in 2003 with the goal of support an interdisciplinary approach to questions of national security and counter-terrorism law and policy. The "Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs", established 2005 and named for Daniel Patrick Moynihan, studies challenges to the quality of governance worldwide.[10] Started in 2017, the "X Lab" bridges the gap between university research and the public and non-profit sectors. The research leverages behavioral science and randomized controlled trials to build evidence for what works.[11][12]

Rankings[edit]

Maxwell was ranked as the top graduate program for public affairs in the country by U.S. News and World Report from 1995-2021.[13][14]

Joint and concurrent degrees[edit]

Maxwell maintains formal relationships with a number of American and global institutions, among them the Chinese Academy of Governance, East China Normal University, Fudan University, the Hertie School of Governance, the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore,[19] the Korea Development Institute, the Korea Institute of Public Administration, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Seoul National University, and Tsinghua University.

Online programs[edit]

Online Executive Master of Public Administration Program[edit]

The Maxwell School offers an online Executive Master of Public Administration degree for mid-career professionals.[20] The curriculum requires 30 credits, includes live online classes and real-world learning opportunities, and can be completed in 15 months.[21] Courses focus on mastery in leading and managing organizations with diverse stakeholders; formulating, implementing, and evaluating policy; and applying rigorous and evidence-based analysis to inform decision-making.[22]

Notable alumni[edit]

Government and politics[edit]

Non-profit[edit]

Academia[edit]

Private sector[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Maxwell". The Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Maxwell History: The Founding and Growth of the Maxwell School". Syracuse University. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Maxwell History: The Founding and Growth of the Maxwell School". Syracuse University. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  4. ^ Box, Richard C. (19 February 2018). Democracy and Public Administration. M.E. Sharpe. ISBN 9780765618153. Retrieved 19 February 2018 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "FindArticles.com - CBSi". findarticles.com. Archived from the original on 3 August 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Eggers Hall / Maxwell Expansion". Archived from the original on 14 March 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Maxwell School of Syracuse University and Center for Strategic and International Studies announce major collaboration". The Maxwell School of Syracuse University. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  8. ^ "Centers, Institutes, and Initiatives". The Maxwell School of Syracuse University. 8 March 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Center for Policy Research". surface.syr.edu. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  10. ^ Ang, Kelvin (20 March 2005). "Clinton visits for institute's rededication". The Daily Orange. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Maxwell X Lab". The Maxwell School of Syracuse University. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  12. ^ Chouinard, Kyle (30 August 2021). "Maxwell School's X Lab merges university research with public sector". The Daily Orange. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  13. ^ Congel, Jennifer (March 31, 2021). "Maxwell School Ranks No. 1, With Five Specialties Rated in the Top Five". SU News. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Maxwell School Again Named #1 Graduate School of Public Affairs by U.S. News & World Report". The Maxwell School of Syracuse University. 27 January 2009. Archived from the original on 21 September 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  15. ^ "CNYMPH - SUNY Upstate Medical University". www.upstate.edu. Archived from the original on 20 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  16. ^ "SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY PUBLIC DIPLOMACY - "Perhaps we should warn you that there is one thing you won't read, and that is a pat answer for the problems of life." — Edward R. Murrow". publicdiplomacy.syr.edu. Archived from the original on 20 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Maxwell School of Syracuse University". The Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Archived from the original on 8 May 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Dual Degree and Exchange Programs". sais.jhu.edu. Archived from the original on 2020-02-02. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  19. ^ "IIMB announces admissions to the tenth batch of Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management". www.iimb.ac.in. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Maxwell partners with 2U to create online Master degree in public administration". The Daily Orange - The Independent Student Newspaper of Syracuse, New York. 2016-04-25. Archived from the original on 2018-11-26. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  21. ^ "Syracuse University: An interdisciplinary approach is what you'll find in Syracuse U.'s EMPA offering (with related video)". www.americancityandcounty.com. Archived from the original on 2018-11-27. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  22. ^ "Executive Online Master's in Public Administration | ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse". Archived from the original on 2018-07-24. Retrieved 2018-11-26.

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Coordinates: 43°02′17″N 76°08′09″W / 43.038038°N 76.13571°W / 43.038038; -76.13571