CLOSUP in the Classroom
The "CLOSUP in the Classroom" initiative, launched in 2013, links the Center's research activities with teaching in the Ford School to enhance and expand student learning opportunities. The initiative supports student internships with external policy organizations, brings students into CLOSUP research projects as policy analysts, and integrates the Center's research data and findings into the classroom to inform course presentations and student learning. See below for more information.
- Meet the CLOSUP Policy Analysts
- Meet the CLOSUP Interns
Courses & Related Resources
CLOSUP enhances the classroom experience by engaging students through independent study and employment as policy analysts on the Center's projects. These activities provide hands-on training in social science research methods and practices, as well as opportunities to work with original data that have not been analyzed previously, and to help drive the Center's research agenda and findings.
After their time at the Ford School, CLOSUP Policy Analysts take their experience and expertise to positions with leading policy organizations. For example, Kristy Hartman, a CLOSUP Policy Analyst for AY2012-2013, later joined the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) as an energy policy specialist and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding new policies on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.
CLOSUP also supports summer internships which are administered by the Ford School's Graduate Career Services Office. These internships place Master's students with state and local government offices and other external organizations working on state and local public policy issues, and are part of the School's Master's program which requires internships between the first and second years of study at the School.
CLOSUP maintains a list of classes available at the Ford School which are focused on state and local policy issues. Click the link below for classes available during the 2013-2014 academic year.
CLOSUP integrates its research data and findings into courses at the Ford School, offering students unique access to the most recent policy-relevant studies underway at the Center. For examples of how these data are integrated into courses and presentations, see the CLOSUP in the Classroom resources page.
For more information on CLOSUP in the Classroom, contact CLOSUP staff at 734-647-4091 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.