Public Policy 632: Practicum in Education Policy -
Education 658: Practicum in Educational Administration: Michigan Education in Comparative Perspective
The course will provide students with an opportunity to engage in education policy analysis, both as a way to utilize some of the skills they have learned in their other courses as well as to help them learn about political and practical issues involved in constructing policies. To meet these goals, students work with a “client” agency or organization in the education sector to carry out a policy-related research and/or analysis project. Students will work in groups of 2-5 on projects related to the clients needs and students individual interest and expertise.
This year, the client for this course is the Citizens Research Council of Michigan (CRC). Their website is http://www.crcmich.org/. CRC is a non-partisan, policy research organization that “provides factual, unbiased independent information on significant issues concerning state and local government organization and finance.” CRC has received funding to conduct a thorough analysis of future directions for education in Michigan, with a focus on reforms to school finance, governance, and program reforms at the K-12 level.
The main goal for students will be to gather relevant and timely information about topics in the CRC study and to prepare reports for CRC use on these topics. The specific topics are described in the syllabus located in the link section to the right.