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How Boise State is Challenging the Elite Universities

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September, 2016

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Boise State is increasingly recognized as a global “rising star,” a “top up-and-coming” university and a university “on the move.” Not only is our capacity for innovation being recognized, but our local, national and global impact is being felt right now.

In this issue of Public Interest, we share a few of the many ways the School of Public Service is welcoming our outstanding new students, training the next generation of leaders, using our expertise to improve the community, and bringing leaders to the campus that advance the common good.

It’s a great time to be a Bronco!

Corey Cook
Dean, School of Public Service
Boise State University

Boise State Named One of Top 20 “Rising Stars” Globally

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A British strategic consulting firm has listed Boise State University as one of an elite group of 20 “Rising Stars” among the world’s universities that are best positioned to challenge the higher education establishment on a global scale.


Improving Inmate Outcomes By Strengthening Community Ties

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Inmate visitation has long been recognized as a key tool for maintaining important relationships with the family and friends of the incarcerated. These relationships have been shown to improve inmate behavior while incarcerated and upon their release back into our community. A recent study by Criminal Justice researchers Dr. Danielle Murdoch, Dr. Laura King, and Caitlyn O’Very, a graduate student in the Boise State School of Public Service, utilized interviews, surveys, and secondary data to examine Ada County Jail’s Remote Video Visitation System. The Ada County Sheriff’s Office was excited about the study. Public Information Officer Patrick Orr states, “when Boise State approached us in 2015 to study the inmate video visitation system at the Ada County Jail, we were excited to have an independent public service agency check out what we were doing.“

Welcome New Broncos

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The School of Public Service welcomed incoming freshmen and transfer students to Boise State at our Kickoff BBQ, part of Bronco Welcome Week. We had food, games, and a chance for incoming students to meet School of Public Service faculty.

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Encouraging the Next Generation of Women Leaders

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Twenty-seven young women from seven universities and colleges across Idaho recently converged on Boise State for the National Education for Women’s Leadership (NEW Leadership) program, where they learned hands-on leadership skills and met business, community, media and political leaders.

The weeklong session, hosted by Boise State’s School of Public Service, featured workshops designed to build expertise in areas such as public speaking, professional skills, leadership styles, diversity, and networking.

The centerpiece of the week was an Action Project which divided the students into 4 groups (pro, con, committee members and media) and culminated in a mock committee hearing held at the Idaho State Legislature at the end of the week.

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Photo of Dr. John FreemuthAndrus Center Welcomes New Director John Freemuth

Dr. John Freemuth is the new Executive Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy. Dr. Freemuth has a long track record of service for the Andrus Center, most recently as Senior Fellow for Environment and Public Lands. Professor Freemuth also teaches Environmental Policy and Administration in Boise State’s School of Public Service.

Dr. Freemuth has published extensively on the relationship between science and public policy, particularly as it relates to public lands.

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