Faculty member David Ammons has been appointed to the board of directors of the Center for Accountability and Performance at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). The Center was established in 1996 to address the need for performance-based, results-driven management at all levels of government.
In the wake of several highly publicized instances of police brutality, more citizens and legislators are calling for laws requiring police officers to wear body cameras. But how will local governments store and manage billions of video files? UNC's Endeavors Magazineinterviewed dual-degree graduate student Justin Kreft (MPA and Information and Library Science) about his coursework research into the challenges created by data that must be stored and managed.
On May 29, the New York Times Opinionator blog mentionedRaising Issues of Race in North Carolina Criminal Cases, by Alyson A. Grine and Emily Coward and part of the Indigent Defense Manual series, as an example of efforts that are being undertaken around the country to address racial bias in the criminal justice system.
Retired North Carolina Superior Court Judge Melzer “Pat” Morgan reviewedRaising Issues of Race in North Carolina Criminal Cases, by Alyson A. Grine and Emily Coward, in the Summer 2015 issue of the North Carolina State Bar Journal. “It is a highly valuable manual that every criminal defense practitioner should consult,” Morgan said.
Faculty, staff, and family members celebrated the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Carolina MPA graduates on Saturday, May 9. Charlotte City Council Member Vi Lyles '74 delivered the graduation address. For photos of the event, visit Carolina MPA on Facebook and Twitter.
Dean Mike Smith was honored on April 7 with the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service and presented by Chancellor Carol Folt, the award recognizes that Smith's "approach to mentoring, inspiring, and providing opportunities for others to make a positive impact in the community has expanded public service beyond the University and the School of Government."
The School of Government's Final Report on City Services for Fiscal Year 2013–2014: Performance and Cost Data, prepared by Dale J. Roenigk, presents data for thirteen North Carolina cities in thirteen service areas.