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Municipal Broadband – A Tool to Ease Internet Access Inequality in DC

Conor McGrath, MPA, Staff Writer Brief Policy Perspectives In January, the White House rolled out a new initiative to promote expanded broadband internet access nationwide. Among the proposals was a strong position in favor of allowing local communities to build their own municipal broadband networks. The Federal Communications Commission backed the President’s proposal in March […]
Posted: 2015-10-07More...

New Financial Aid Rule A ‘Big Win’ For Students

Ashlynn Profit, MPA, Staff Writer Brief Policy Perspectives While the Obama administration’s adoption of “prior-prior-year” will simplify the federal financial aid application process for students, it could create more barriers if states and institutions don’t follow. As the federal government prepares to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, many proposals for simplifying the headache-inducing process of […]
Posted: 2015-10-07More...

New Energy Bill Could Move USA Energy System into the 21st Century

Amy Gutierrez, MPP, Staff Writer Brief Policy Perspectives It’s easy to focus solely on fossil fuel production when discussing energy policy. The current debates concerning hydraulic fracturing and the Keystone XL pipeline lead many to believe the United States can only innovate by drilling for fossil fuels. The Senate American Energy Innovation Act (SAEIA) dispels […]
Posted: 2015-10-07More...

Worker Self-Directed Enterprises – A New Way of Thinking About the Workplace

Ryan Thombs, MPP A democratic workplace in which the workers own and democratically decide how profit is distributed has long been the ideal of socialist thinkers. Marx referred to co-operatives, or democratically owned workplaces, as communism in The Civil War in France; and these ideas are echoed in  his other writings such as Das Kapital. […]
Posted: 2015-10-07More...

Data-Driven Decision-Making, Results-Based Management, Big Data, Data Analytics – The New Normal?

Dr. Kathryn E. Newcomer, Director, The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration Jerry Wei provides great food for thought in his article on metrics. He is spot on in pointing that the search for measures to guide decision-making in the public and nonprofit sectors seems to be ubiquitous, overly ambitious, and conducive to “Metric […]
Posted: 2015-10-07More...

Trachtenberg Professor Dylan Conger Studies How New AP Science Courses Advance Student Outcomes and Interest in STEM

Kerry Belodoff, MPP, Staff Writer Brief Policy Perspectives Every year millions of American high school students take advanced placement (AP) courses to engage in more rigorous academic content and improve their chances of getting into a top college. Two and a half million students took at least one AP course in 2015, with participation in […]
Posted: 2015-09-23More...

A Good Metric is Hard to Find

Jerry Wei, MPP A proliferation of data has increasingly come to define the modern condition. We now use data to track fitness (Fitbit), hail cabs (Uber), and stalk love interests (Google). With technological advances, data are also being used as metrics to assess organizational and personnel performance. In theory, metrics—standardized, measurable, and objective—should work as […]
Posted: 2015-09-23More...

Medical Cures Moves to the Senate, but Funding Questions Complicate Future

Paul Melmeyer, MPP Earlier this summer the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act  by a 344-77 vote, and the bill was unanimously approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee, the committee of jurisdiction in the House of Representatives that oversees much of the U.S healthcare system. The bill includes policy reforms for the National […]
Posted: 2015-09-23More...

Now Soliciting Content for Brief Policy Perspectives!

Marisa Kanof, MPP – Executive Editor of Brief Policy Perspectives Hey Trachtenbergers! Brief Policy Perspectives is slated to launch our first content on Wednesday September 23, but we can’t do that without your help!  As of today we are officially accepting contributions for our first “issue.”  Soon Brief Policy Perspectives will have a team of Staff Writers […]
Posted: 2015-08-18More...

Coming Soon!

Hey TBergers! Policy Perspectives Journal editors Monika Jansen and Charlotte Nugent are excited to announce that the 2015 – 2016 school year will feature a blog to complement the annual print journal! Called Brief Policy Perspectives, the blog will feature commentary, article reviews, event recaps, satire, and more from current and former members of the […]
Posted: 2015-07-16More...





Policy Perspectives is recruiting Associate Editors for the print journal and Staff Writers for the blog!

That’s right: WE STARTED A BLOG! Check out the BRIEF POLICY PERSPECTIVES website to learn more!


Associate Editors will be responsible for overseeing the editorial process for one article from September 2015 to March 2016. As an associate editor, you will edit and provide feedback on an article, communicate regularly journal leadership and the article’s Faculty Reviewer, and attend three, one-hour-long editorial workshops. You will also be part of an amazing team of TSPPPA students and faculty!

To apply, upload your resume and complete an editing task through this form by Sunday September 6th at 11:59 PM EST. All applicants will hear back by Saturday, September 12.

Look at our archive page to learn more about the journal. If you have any questions, please email us at polpersp@gwu.edu or stop by MPA 602A during our open office hours on Tuesday, September 1, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. We look forward to your submissions!


Staff Writers will be responsible for creating blog content every 4 to 6 weeks. As a staff writer, you will:

  • Work in teams of 2 to produce content (at least 3 – 4 pieces) on assigned weeks.  Content may be written by a Staff Writer or may be solicited from others.

  • Do the first round of edits and fact checking for any content submitted through the blog’s content submission form, as assigned

  • Generate social media posts (facebook and twitter) for blog content on assigned weeks

  • Attend a writing workshop in Fall of 2015

To apply, submit your resume, a 1 – 3 page writing sample (of any style of writing), and 3 ideas for blog content through this form by Sunday September 6th at 11:59 PM EST. All applicants will hear back by Saturday, September 12.

Visit briefpolicyperspectives.wordpress.com to learn more about the blog. If you have any questions, please email us at polpersp@gwu.edu or briefpolicyperspectives@gmail.com, or stop by MPA 602A during our open office hours on Tuesday, September 1, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM or Thursday, September 3 from 8:00 to 9:00 PM. We look forward to your submissions!

Posted: 2015-08-09

Volume 23 Article Submissions Due Soon!


We welcome all current and former TSPPPA students to submit an article to Policy Perspectives, whether you are pursuing or have completed your master’s degree, doctorate, or a certificate. In order to showcase the work of as diverse a group of people as possible, we do not accept submissions from individuals who have already published work in Policy Perspectives. We do, however, accept submissions with multiple authors. We do not have specific length or content requirements, but we suggest reviewing past articles on our website to get a sense of what might be appropriate. We particularly recommend ensuring that your topic has not already been covered in recent volumes of Policy Perspectives.

You may only submit one article for consideration. In order to review submissions as fairly as possible, please  submit your article anonymously. To do so:

  1. Upload your article through this form with your name(s) and any other identifying information removed from the file.

  1. Send an email with your name(s) and article title to polpersp@gwu.edu with the subject line “Volume 23 Article Submission.”

Submissions are due by 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Everyone who submits an article will hear back by Wednesday, October 7.

To learn more, visit www.policy-perspectives.org. If you have any questions, please email us at polpersp@gwu.edu or stop by MPA 602A during our open office hours on Tuesday, September 1, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM or Thursday, September 3 from 8:00 to 9:00 PM. We look forward to your submissions!

Posted: 2015-08-09
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