Batten X

Reshape the Rules. Reshape the World.

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As the landscape of public policy evolves, so must those who strive to influence it. Our BattenX executive education and lifelong learning programs facilitate exactly that: growth, cross-sector collaboration, and critical self-analysis at every career level. 
 
We stand distinguished by committing to a hyper-focus on value-centered leadership that's designed to challenge assumptions, sharpen capabilities, and induce transformative, tangible results.

BattenX programs are an extension of Batten into the world of practitioners, policy-makers, executives, and lifelong learners. These programs serve as a convening place to explore new, innovative, and difficult topics in leadership and public policy.

"Today’s leaders must be equipped to solve tough policy challenges. Batten faculty are thought leaders proficient in data-driven, evidence-based leadership and public policy. Their expertise enables and empowers leaders to develop and implement policy, and to innovate and solve critical problems."

Gabrielle Adams
Director of Executive Education / Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Psychology

Upcoming Courses

August 19–20, 2021

Relational policing is at an inflection point. The public’s trust and confidence in this vital institution of democracy is suffering. This has had a corrosive impact on police morale and has sparked public protests in Charlottesville and Albemarle County – and, indeed, in communities across the nation. On August 19-20, 2021, the Batten School will bring together a cross-section of community leaders and engaged citizens for a workshop to learn about and consider new pathways forward for policing on Grounds, in Charlottesville, and across Albemarle County. 

October 29, 2021

We know that policy should be based on data, but how do we go about transforming data into policy? What does the path from data to policy look like? And what does it mean for policy to be driven by data? The purpose of this program is to help participants gain fluency in the fundamentals of policy research: understanding causality, combating biases in data collection and analysis, accounting for different interpretations of data, and—most importantly—how data can become policy.

Previous Courses

August 14, 2020

Which representatives and senators truly drive progress on specific public issues? Who gets things done, for example, when it comes to health care, or education, or defense? And how do they move specific legislation effectively through Congress?

Craig Volden, Professor of Public Policy and Politics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia and Co-Director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking, along with Alan E. Wiseman, Professor and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair at Vanderbilt University and also Co-Director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking,  will answer these questions and more in this unique half-day course.

September 2019 – April 2020

The Batten School’s approach to leadership is one of evidence-based behavioral science. We view leadership as “the capacity to integrate, motivate, and enable a group of individuals toward achieving a common goal.” As researchers and academics, we are singularly poised to help other academics understand leadership, management, and organizational behavior. Under this view of leadership, we believe that everyone has the potential to become a leader, that leaders are made rather than born, and that leadership should be taught based on scientific evidence.

In recognition that UVA School of Engineering’s core values call on engineering faculty to be leaders in their school, departments, labs and classrooms, Batten has partnered with UVA Engineering for a series of courses designed to develop engineering faculty as effective leaders.

The series includes eight courses taught by Batten faculty at a pace of one, 90-minute session per month from September 2019 through April 2020. Engineering faculty are welcome to participate in the entire series or individual courses; those who complete at least six courses will receive a record of course completion from Batten. There will be no out-of-pocket costs to faculty; registered faculty’s UVA education benefit to be applied directly to the series ($4,360 combined tuition and professional development benefit per year), which costs $250 per course or a discounted price of $1,500 for all eight courses.

Oct 25, 2019 / 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

People can disagree about almost anything from the best strategic direction for a company to individual disagreements about political views and values. These disagreements can take the form of office politics, political maneuvering, or public policy problems. In a professional setting, differences of opinion can impede progress and stall work productivity. The question remains: How do you make progress when working with people who disagree with you—even when it seems practically impossible?

In this course, award-winning professors at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will help you gain a more nuanced understanding of how to overcome disagreements, how to approach those who hold different opinions and views, and how to influence others.