Berkeley Policy Note（GSPPの機関誌）
2009年 11月 20日
Berkeley Policy Note
It is an exciting time to be the Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and
to build upon the extraordinary accomplishments of our past deans. Dean Michael
Nacht presided over the construction of a new building, increased the size of our
MPP program, and left a strong and vibrant school to go off to Washington as Assistant
Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs. We wish him well, and we
await his return when he can regale us with inside stories about how things really
work in Washington. Professors John Quigley and Steve Raphael stepped in as acting
Deans last year and did an exemplary job. I thank them all for their generous and
impressive contributions to the Goldman School.
These are exciting times for the Goldman School because the world, the nation and
the state of California are facing thorny and complex public policy problems that
rouse us to action. The Goldman School’s faculty, students, and alumni are engaged
in finding solutions to important public policy problems — fiscal and economic
issues, education, housing policy, criminal justice, health care, governmental institutions,
global warming and the environment, defense policy, and many other areas.
Members of the faculty are inventing and designing new public policies, advising the
Obama administration, analyzing existing and proposed policies, and commenting
on them almost every day in the news media. Our alumni are in the thick of things
in Washington, Sacramento, and around the world. Our students are fired up over
the chance to solve these problems.
And we are ready to do more. As Dean, I plan to bring more international perspective
and experience into the Goldman School such as the talk we organized on
September 29th with Anwar Ibrahim — former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
and currently leader of the opposition — that drew over 250 people. Because so
many policy problems involve science and engineering, I am forging stronger links
with these areas so that policy analysis can harness the power of technology. I intend
to bring more information technology into the curriculum and into our teaching
and research. Finally, I will reemphasize a traditional strength of the school, politics
and leadership for policy entrepreneurship.
To do this, I have established four faculty and staff “Self-Assessment and Innovation”
Committees that are rethinking all aspects of our teaching, research, and operations
to come up with new ideas and new proposals. The committees focus on:
■■ The role of analytical approaches in public policy — methods, modeling,
economics, statistics, psychology, and other approaches.
■■ How we teach about politics, law, leadership, ethics, management,
information technology, and knowledge management.
■■ Experiential and real-world learning, executive education, internet
education, new degrees or certificates, internships, and our advanced
policy analysis requirement.
■■ Our research climate, research centers, public engagement, and
We have hired MPP students to help us do research for each committee, and we
will be involving students and alumni as we get a better sense of the agenda for each
committee. The four Self-Assessment and Innovation Committees will provide initial
reports at the end of this semester and more detailed reports in late winter. The
faculty and staff have jumped into this self-assessment with great enthusiasm, and I
am looking forward to the results.