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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Eleven UT-Arlington doctoral students in College of Education Dean Jeanne Gerlach's graduate course in Educational Governance from the Educational Leadership Department, were recently accompanied by faculty member Dr. Diane Patrick, on a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., to better understand public school governance at the federal level. Their busy schedule included sessions with UT System Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations, Bill Shute and his staff, who explained the role of the federal government with regard to a variety of university policy issues such as campus sexual assaults and research grant allocations. Our visit "on the hill" included insightful meetings about the federal policymaking process with staff members from the offices of Congressmen Kenny Marchant and Sam Johnson, and Senator John Cornyn, whose staffers later gave attendees an informative tour of the Capitol. Additional information about related associations was gleaned from meetings with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (A.A.S.C.U.) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (A.A.C.T.E.). The trip ended with a President Obama sighting as the Presidential motorcade drove him to a speech across the street from the hotel! Doctoral students making the trip included: Stephanie Boyce, Lori Del Bosque, Greg Hladik, Herman Jackson, Coletha Johnson, Natalie Lopez, Aleisha Reid, Jeff Seton, Tara Stephens, Samantha Ward, and Angelia Williams. The class is pictured above with Dr. Diane Patrick and John Deoudes in the office of Congressman Kenny Marchant.