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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Rutgers Expansion Keeps Relationships in Tact

Rutgers Newark celebrated the latest addition to the Center for Urban and Public Service. Today's ribbon-cutting stoked excitement and anticipation for the next few years, where enrollment in public service tracks are expected to rapidly increase. As a result of this expected growth, the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) now occupies 111 Washington Street, the former home of Rutgers Business School.

The partnership was clear: Rutgers-Newark, City of Newark, and Newark Public Schools (NPS), gathered together to congratulate Dean Marc Holzer on moving his vision for SPAA forward. But what was also interesting was the not-so-silent uncertainty of how an upside down Trenton will affect continued progress.

SPAA plays two roles in the Newark sphere. Its nationally acclimated graduate program yields distinguished leaders in public service, including Newark's Deputy Mayor Margarita Muniz, who was also in attendance at tonight's event. Additionally, the college shares research and implementation strategy with NPS and the City in the areas of finance, budgeting, judicial activism, and local control.

Alan Sadovnik, Ph.D. is Co-Director for the Newark Schools Research Collaborative and Institute on Education Law & Policy. He says, "I hope [the new administration] continues to use research-based evidence to help improve the districts where they have not met previous goals." Pedro Noguero, professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at NYU is currently working with Sadovnik and the research collaborative on a project that would replicate the Harlem Children's Zone in Newark's Central Ward.

Despite social, economical and gubernatorial upset, it's amazing how sectors in Newark are still moving forward. Programs with measurable goals, and proven mission's are demonstrating reason for state and private investment.

Although I am not sure what a Christie administration means to this neighborhood, optimism-especially caressed at events like today's, taste best with Chardonnay in-hand and a jazz ensemble.

1 comment:

Mount Vernon said...

Hey Pam..good job girl! I am a MPA major, so I appreciate the love.