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  • Batten Class of 2015 walk the Lawn

    Ready for the World

    Batten School graduates are ready to lead from day one. We train our students to be agents of change to promote a better society. Coursework in psychology, economics and other disciplines play a role in developing essential decision-making skills.
  • Batten School students visit Capitol Hill

    Real World Experience

    Batten School students do not only study public policy, they interact with the nation's policy makers and affect policy in their communities. Professor Gerry Warburg's MPP class visits with legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill.
  • The Russell Senate Office Building dome

    New Online Course

    The Batten School launches the first comprehensive public policy course online in February. "Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century" is a massive open online course or MOOC featuring discussions with top leaders, such U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, former Congressman Tom Davis, Congressman Gerry Connolly, former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers and more.
  • Associate Professor Christine Mahoney in the classroom

    Inspired Learning

    Our innovative approach to public policy has attracted some of the best scholar-practitioners in political science, psychology, law, history and economics. They’re driven by policy issues and eager to abandon academic silos. They’re published and accomplished, a combination of the sharpest minds at U.Va., as well as some of the best research institutions in the country.
  • Batten MPP students outside of Garrett Hall

    Batten Community

    At Batten, you’ll join stellar faculty and driven students at one of the nation’s top “public ivy” universities. Whether you’re in the MPP program, an undergraduate in the accelerated MPP track or a pioneer in a dual degree program, you’ll graduate ready to lead from day one.

Batten News

Each year, many students fail to enroll in college, enroll in institutions where they are not positioned for success or drop out before earning a degree. These students often have the academic skills needed and have access to affordable college options, but still face barriers to success.

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So-called “tri-sector” leaders, much like triathletes, are highly skilled in several areas, can pivot and nimbly navigate a complex environment, and – because of their versatility – will deliver unique impact to the organizations they lead. 

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Jennifer Oppong learned a lot during her four years at the University of Virginia, including how to listen to her heart and keep her mind open to change.

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