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Public policy institute backed by Glatfelter Foundation coming to York College

July 25, 2016
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With funding from The Arthur J. and Lee R. Glatfelter Foundation, York College will create a public policy institute that will engage students in the policymaking process while providing bipartisan research to legislators at the city, county, and state levels of government. 

A joint program of the College’s Department of History and Political Science and its Center for Community Engagement, The Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute of Public Policy will further enhance the relationship between the College and the community. It will be housed in the Center for Community Engagement’s new offices at 59 E. Market St. in downtown York.

“York College is committed to growing the relationship between our institution and the York region,” said President Pamela Gunter-Smith. “Our recent acquisition of properties in the City was a major step in fulfilling that commitment. The true challenge, however, lies in the steps ahead. Our new buildings must house quality academic programs, offer experiential learning opportunities, and afford pathways for our students to engage with their community.  This institute will be one junction of those educational components.”

The Institute will support the College and community in a number of ways:

  • Bringing to York College a postdoctoral fellow who has recently completed graduate studies in a social science discipline with interest in state- and local-level policy issues. The fellow will work with experts in the College’s Political Science program on projects that advance shared research agendas while providing important data analysis to local officials.
  • Creating an informed populace by providing key data points that can inform deliberations on issues of concern for citizens of York County and Pennsylvania. This information will also be provided to local and state legislators, appropriate government and non-governmental agencies, and to York College students, making them more informed citizens as well.
  • Advancing York College students’ skills in public policy research by offering advanced classes that combine the study of cutting-edge methodologies with experiential learning. Students will develop projects through interactions with governmental and non-governmental agencies, be guided by the Policy Fellow and York College experts in their research, and will report back to the sponsoring agency and the wider public on their findings. 

The Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute of Public Policy will bring together the intellectual capital of an institution of higher education with the practical experience of local legislators, policy experts, and practitioner. By doing so, it “will become a focal point for advancing the knowledge base of our community, and for educating tomorrow’s policy experts and political leaders,” said Dominic DelliCarpini, Dean of the Center for Community Engagement.   

Reps. Kevin Schreiber and Seth Grove have endorsed the Institute, saying the following in a letter of support: “As lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and alumni of York College, we are both excited by this concept and have ample, meaningful policy work that the students could contribute to. We are confident that by providing this hands-on experience, York College graduates will be more inclined to explore careers focused on public service and committed to playing active roles in their communities in their lives after college.”

A private college located in southcentral Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,400 undergraduate students. The College also offers master's programs in business, education and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. York College students enjoy a high-quality education that emphasizes practical application and a community invested in their success. The College provides a personal plan to help students focus their passions and attain their goals so they are prepared for a lifetime of meaningful careers – ready to meet the challenges of their profession and feeling confident and proud of their achievements.