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Spring Break Action: Forget the Beach, Head to Washington

1/23/2012 --

Ross MBAs interested in public policy and business should consider spending spring break in our nation's capital.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Ross MBA students interested in the inner workings of Washington should plan to spend spring break next month in our nation's capital.

The three-credit course, (LHC 688) "Business and the Public Policy Process: How Washington Works and What Issues Matter," is a one-week, intensive class offered in Washington, D.C., during the university's spring break Feb. 27-March 2. It is open to Ross MBA students, as well as other students across campus.

Students learn directly from experienced Washington insiders about public policy and decision-making processes in the federal government and how they impact business. The course combines classroom experience with onsite learning—some sessions are in a classroom while others are in various offices around Washington and on Capitol Hill. Students will also attend a hearing of their choice on the Hill.

"It is an interactive course, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions of policymakers and lobbyists, as well as professors," says session director Cindy Schipani, professor of business law and chair of the Ross Department of Law, History and Communication. "Being an election year, we anticipate a particularly interesting lineup of speakers and an exciting buzz in Washington."

Class sessions run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 3 p.m. on Friday. All classroom work will be completed during spring break, with an exam on the final day over the readings and speakers' presentations. Students also will complete a group project regarding a public policy issue important to business and will submit a 10-page Powerpoint slide deck shortly after their return to Ann Arbor. In addition, students will write an individual 12-14 page paper on a public policy issue related to business.

The course, which also will be offered on other dates later this term, is part of the Washington Campus, a nonprofit, nonpartisan consortium of 17 graduate business schools from major universities across that nation.

Program/Registration Information

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 647-1847,