1996: The Creation of a Policy Powerhouse

In 1996, the Georgia State University Senate made a controversial decision to dissolve its College of Public and Urban Affairs and create a new college in its place - the School of Policy Studies.

The move paid off. The reinvented school combined several academic units and research centers to form a focused policy powerhouse. In August 1999, the school was renamed the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in honor of the former U.N. ambassador and longtime civil-rights advocate.

Today, the Andrew Young School's influence is being felt worldwide. Faculty members have counseled domestic institutions and foreign government leaders in more than 30 countries on fiscal, health, environmental and urban issues. In Atlanta, the school has become the resource leaders turn to for advice on tackling the toughest issues affecting the city, state and region.

The Andrew Young School's students combine practical policy research with classroom instruction. To apply what they've learned, students have access to internships and graduate assistantships in the school's research centers and with area non-profits and government agencies.

Faculty and research associates at the Andrew Young School conduct serious scholarship that serves the community: not only urban and metro Atlanta, but Georgia, the Southeast, the United States and countries around the world.

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies was founded to carry on the legacy of Young's ideals through programs he believes will "level the playing field" for the world's poor. The scholars and researchers at the school share his vision that the key to ending poverty is building strong national economies. They, like Ambassador Young, are working hard to bring economic well being to developing nations in Africa. The school works in over 30 countries around the globe as well as at home in areas of health care, environment, air quality, taxation, aging, education, child care and diversity. Programs at the school of great pride to Andy include the Mandela Scholars program, a planned student exchange program between the Andrew Young School and the University of Pretoria in South Africa and an ongoing program on taxation in Russia.