Strategic Planning


  • The next college-wide Strategic Planning meeting will take place on May 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3545


Message from the Dean
Steering Committee
Working Groups
New Mission Statement

Message from the Dean

As you know from the several meetings we had last semester, we are in the midst of discussing strategic goals for our school.  I am happy to announce that a Steering Committee will help guide our process over the next several months. Members are from a cross section of MGS as well as from outside of MGS (see the list below).  The Steering Committee will help structure working groups, each of which will tackle one of the 5-7 themes that you identified last semester (e.g., organizational structure at MGS, student success/career guidance/internships, incentives for research, etc.) 

You will have the opportunity to participate in these working groups if you choose.  In addition to the activities of the Steering Committee and working groups, we will have community-wide meetings throughout the spring to discuss progress and get input (save-the-dates will be sent soon), and there will be opportunities for online input as well.  The goal is to focus on the 5-7 themes that the Steering Committee will address, and by the end of the semester, complete short-term actions, and for mid- or long-term actions, to generate 1-2 page action briefs which will provide the framework to achieve long-term goals (e.g., a new internship system).

I look forward to a productive semester and to your participation in our strategic planning process!



MGS Steering Committee

  • Allyson  Baughman, PhD Student in Public Policy
  • Ellen Birchander, Graduate Program Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Gerontology Department
  • Jeff Burr, Chair, Gerontology Department
  • David Cash, Dean
  • Connie Chan, Associate Dean
  • Susan Crandall, Director, Center for Social Policy, Clinical Professor
  • Enrico Manalo, MA student in Conflict Resolution
  • Denise Patmon, Associate Professor of Education, College of Education and Human Development
  • Melisssa Quashie, Graduate Program Administrator, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs
  • Karen Ross. Assistant Prof., Dept. of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance
  • Kelly Ward Mason, Program Coordinator, Dept. of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance
  • Christian Weller, Professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs


Next MGS-Wide Community Meeting: May 15, 2-3:30 p.m., Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3545

Anonymous online feedback at: McCormack Graduate School Strategic Planning Feedback

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Working Groups

Names of working groups and members forthcoming

New Mission Statement

With an emphasis on social and economic justice, effective and innovative governance, and sustainable policies for people and the planet, we have an international reputation for values-driven research, pioneering and interdisciplinary education, and service that impacts local through global communities.