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P. Gary Wyckoff
New York Times Publishes Wyckoff Letter

The New York Times published a letter to the editor written by Professor of Government P. Gary Wyckoff as the leadoff response to “Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It?” in its Dec. 22 editorial section titled “Reducing Inequality in Our Schools.” He compared our current educational policies as being “like a requirement that all children clear the same height in the high jump, regardless of their stature.”  More ...

P. Gary Wyckoff
WAMC Features Wyckoff on Educational Policies

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio in Albany will feature P. Gary Wyckoff, professor of government and the director of the Public Policy Program , on Wednesday, Oct. 12, as part of the public radio station’s Academic Minute. During his reading, Wyckoff explains why holding teachers and students responsible for poor school performance ignores the single greatest factor that determines individual educational outcomes.  More ...

Catherine Ferrara
Levitt Center Publishes 2011 Edition of Insights

The Levitt Center has recently published the spring 2011 edition of Insights, the academic journal that features the best undergraduate social science research papers written by Hamilton students.  More ...

Elizabeth Bilharz '12
Elizabeth Bilharz ’12 is Intern at N.H.Think Tank

For students interested in public policy, a think tank offers an ideal environment to begin exploring a range of policies, methods of research, and potential solutions to current issues. Elizabeth “Betsy” Bilharz ’12, an economics major with a public policy minor, plans to take full advantage of a think-tank environment; she will spend her summer as an intern for the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies in Concord, N. H.  More ...

Levitt Poll Presentation
Levitt Poll Shows Youth More Positive Toward Immigrants and Minorities

A new national survey of Americans’ attitudes on immigration, race, ethnicity and religion shows a large majority of Americans (60%) support allowing legal immigrants to vote in local elections, with the strongest support coming from young Americans and opposed only by a majority of those over age 60. The poll, funded by Hamilton's Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center, found that almost half of all young people feel the government should focus more on integrating illegal immigrants into American society.  More ...

From left Russ Doubleday, Scott Hefferman, Evan Klondar, Kate Tummarello and Holly Donaldson.
Talking Heads or a Coin Flip?

Five students in the Hamilton College Public Policy department posed a question at the outset of their thesis presentation on May 2: are the columnists you read and talking heads you watch better than a coin flip?  More ...

Paul Krugman
Pundits predict no more accurately than a coin toss

Five seniors directed by Professor of Government Gary Wyckoff have analyzed the predictions of 26 prognosticators and have found that most of them were not significantly different, in a statistical sense, than a coin flip. Their findings were presented via webcast on Monday, May 2.  More ...

Obama's Health Care Reforms Debated by Wyckoff Class
The small Kirner-Johnson classroom was packed on Monday, May 3, for a debate regarding Obama’s healthcare reforms and how these policies might be bettered. Fourteen public policy majors, “armed only with a semester's worth of study of the economics, ethics and politics of health care,” engaged in the debate. More ...
Gary Wyckoff
Congress Follows Hamilton Students’ Lead
It has taken 17 years, but the president and Congress have finally accomplished what eight Hamilton students achieved as part of a public policy class: overhaul the health care system. More ...
Mark Bailey's students present to 9th graders
Hamilton Hosts Community-based Research Program
Hamilton hosted a Community-based Research (CBR) program on Friday, Nov. 6, arranged by New York Campus Compact, at which four CBR models currently in use as part of Hamilton courses were presented. Faculty members from Colgate and SUNY/IT as well Hamilton faculty and two Levitt Vista workers attended this roundtable which included discussions of best practices for student learning and community outcomes. More ...
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