TSU COLLEGE OF PUBLIC SERVICE LISTED AS ONE OF BEST IN THE NATION. NASHVILLE, Tenn. US News Rankings recently listed the Tennessee State University College of Public Service as one of the best public affairs programs in the nation. The ranking, which is done annually, specifically evaluates masters in public affairs and administration programs. Dr. Michael Harris, dean of the TSU College of Public Service and professor of public administration, said the ranking is a reflection of the world-class work members of the college are doing to educate and serve their students, residents of Middle Tennessee, and beyond. “We work to provide a relevant and current education for leaders in the public sector. We also have a significant impact on the local economy, with regards to economic development because our graduates who work in the public sector all make a difference in our economic development and economic growth, as well as the social infrastructure of the community,” said Dean Harris, a nationally-syndicated columnist. Dr. Cara Robinson, chair for the Department of Social Work and Urban Studies, said Harris’ leadership plays a major role in the college’s success… I think this recognition is really built on the fact that we have fostered a culture of innovation that prepares students to be on the front edge of what public service careers really require,” she said. “Dr. Harris has just done a good job of making sure that we are all willing and able to recruit students, help place them when they graduation and reach out to the community to make sure the students are prepared for careers in public service.”
Robinson said the wide array of courses the college offers as well as conferences like the Conference on Elderly Abuse, which the Center on Aging Research And Education Services co hosts in June, have a lot to do with its success.
“We have everything from nonprofit management courses, to executive leadership, public policy and social work, and they all cover things that put us at the forefront,” she said. “In addition, we have reached out to community members to be involved in our classrooms.”