Public Policy Options for Building a Sustainable Future in Appalachia
In the fall semester, 2009, the Department of Public Policy and Community Service (PPCS) offered the Senior Practicum (PPCS 400) in which five students undertook collaborative research projects in partnership with the staff of agencies and organizations in Washington and Smyth counties in Virginia. In addition to the persons working in these agencies, students worked directly with clients. This multi-tiered collaborative process resulted in identification of specific policy questions, connected to real needs and issues in the community, with students researching those questions. The assignments matched the needs of communities and agencies with the skills and strengths of the student researcher. All parties to the partnership signed a contract detailing work to be performed, tangible outcomes and goals, and deliverables to the community.
Talmage A. Stanley, Annalisa Raymer
Talmage A. Stanley, Ph.D
Emory and Henry College
PO Box 947
Emory, VA 24327-0947