University of Vermont

Service-learning reaches the Governor's desk!

MPA Student Erik Wells's coursework helps land half million dollars for historic building enhancement and job creation

Policy Systems (PA 306) is a service-learning course taught by Professor Asim Zia that allows students to become engaged in public policy analysis and evaluation.  Last spring, Erik Wells, a graduate student in the class pursuing his Masters of Public Administration, partnered with the Vermont State Department of Economic, Housing, and Community Development and the Preservation Trust of Vermont to survey recipients of a tax credit program focused on enhancing historic buildings and creating jobs in downtown areas.  Erik then developed a report on the overall effectiveness and job creation potential of the program.  His analysis was passed on to policymakers in Montpelier and at the January Budget Address, Governor Peter Shumlin directly cited Erik's work and recommended appropriation of an additional $500,000 for the tax credit program.  Congratulations to Erik Wells for the great work and thanks to Professor Zia for continuing to implement high quality service-learning in his courses!