• 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 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.
  • 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 News

On Thursday, Sept. 17, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy hosts the annual university-wide celebration of Constitution Day. This year, the event will showcase the vital role that the news media plays in America, with the freedom of the press protections grounded in the First Amendment serving as the backdrop.

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This fall, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy welcomed three new scholars to the faculty. They will be teaching classes in social entrepreneurship, policy analysis and education policy, among others. Each one has published research in reputable journals and presented at academic conferences in the past.

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Hyper-partisanship and the politics of personal destruction are plagues of our time. So, too, is the pervasive distrust of institutions citizens have built up and looked to for generations.

Many of the central pillars of our communities during the wonder years of the Baby Boom - churches, national television news, financial institutions from Wall Street to our local bank - have grown deeply suspect by our children. Government especially.

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