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Policy Studies

Community Partnerships

Syracuse University student working in the Syracuse community
200

public and non-profit agencies have benefited from the program since 1978

16,000

volunteer hours logged by policy studies students in 2020

15

majors complete 15 credits in community-based coursework

Policy Studies Community Link students

Community Link Program


Policy studies students complete a focused quantitative study and develop a consulting style report, complete with recommendations, in a formal class. Methods of Policy Analysis and Presentation, taught by Professor Austin Zwick. Past projects include:

  • American Cancer Society- Patient Satisfaction Survey
  • Boys and Girls Club- Digitize Donations Reports
  • Onondaga County Department of Mental Health- Community Planning Survey
  • Onondaga County Division of Management and Budget- Planning and Cost Control Analysis
  • Syracuse Housing Authority- Maintenance Response Survey

1,600

projects have been completed for public and non-profit agencies as part of the Community Link Program.

Interested in Becoming a Community Partner?


Policy studies students help with a range of projects:

  • Provide reports for funders and boards of directors
  • Design, conduct, and analyze email, web-based, mail, and interview surveys
  • Tutor for educational programs and administrative services
  • Digitize current records
  • Database design: Excel and Salesforce integration
  • Compile data from websites and other published sources
Community partner working with school kids
Policy Studies
102 Maxwell Hall