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William M. Zumeta
PB AF 571
Seattle Campus

Education, The Workforce, and Public Policy

Examination of policy issues involving education, training, the economy, and the development of the nation's human resources. Relationship between education, training, and work, underutilized workers, race and gender discrimination issues, and the role of education and training in economic development. Offered: jointly with EDLPS 563.

Class description

Issues and methods in studies of the relations among education, the workforce and public policies. Reviews the literature on the role of education in the modern economy, problems in the linkages across parts of the education system (K-12-postsecondary, CC-baccalaureate institutions, academic-technical education), critical views of excessively tight linkages, and federal and state programs and policies, including equity-oriented policies.

Student learning goals

They will understand the above issues and policy responses and be able to think, research and write analytically and critically about them.

General method of instruction

Class discussion of readings, some lecture, student presentations on pertinent topics of special interest to them.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites but some understanding of economics and public policy processes is helpful.

Class assignments and grading

In addition to extensive reading, each student prepares a class presentation on a pertinent topic related to one of the weekly class themes. Students also prepare a substantial policy-oriented research paper on a different topic of their choosing.

Based on performance on the above assignments and quality of class participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by William M. Zumeta
Date: 04/27/2007