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In the News: Bill Coplin

Coplin Examines the Approach to Liberal Arts Education in New Book

Bill Coplin

Bill Coplin, professor of policy studies, has written “The Path to Equity: Inclusion in the Kingdom of Liberal Arts” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023). In the book, Coplin argues that the approach to liberal arts education that prioritizes academic scholarship and learning for its own sake does not fully equip students with the practical, career-oriented skills for which many people enter college. 

September 14, 2023

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Coplin Talks to WSYR About His New Book, “The Path to Equity”

Bill Coplin, professor of policy studies, says he has been saving students from the damage done by the “bait-and-switch business model of the liberal arts programs” for fifty years. 

August 25, 2023

Celebrating Policy Studies and its Chief ‘Do Gooder’

Colleagues and alumni came together recently to mark the 45th anniversary of the undergraduate program and its founder, Professor Bill Coplin.

October 19, 2022

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Maxwell faculty and students honored with 2020 One University awards

Syracuse University announced its 2020 One University Awards, honoring members of the University community for their scholarship, teaching, academic achievement, leadership and service. The following Maxwell faculty member and students were among the honorees:
May 14, 2020

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Coplin Fans

The drive to fund a new scholarship reminds us there is an alumni community bound in the ways of Bill Coplin.

August 6, 2019

New Maxwell Perspective features climate change research

The recently published edition of Maxwell Perspective — the School’s twice-annual magazine for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and other friends — is now available online. All full-length articles are available as individual webpages in the Maxwell Perspective section of this website.
August 6, 2019

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Scholarship Fund Honors Policy Studies Professor Bill Coplin

The Bill Coplin Policy Studies Scholarship, prompted by Elysa B. Wolfe '93 B.A. (PSt/PSc), will support students in the policy studies major.
May 8, 2019

Maxwell students Eldawy, Letona receive prestigious Truman Scholarship

The Truman award has become the premier graduate scholarship for aspiring public service leaders in the United States. The scholarship seeks to fund students who possess the leadership skills, intellect and passion that will make them “change agents” for the public good in any field. 

April 17, 2018

Citizenship and Civic Engagement and the Policy Studies Major

At first glance, the new major in citizenship and civic engagement would seem to share a lot with another Maxwell major, policy studies. Both are interdisciplinary, nurture informed citizens, and emphasize action. But the similarities end there.

February 14, 2018

From the Ground Up

"We don't want to press our interests in citizenship upon the students," says Amy Lutz, associate professor of sociology, who will be teaching the new MAX course on research methods and civic engagement. "We want them to develop it themselves. We're there as mentors. So it shouldn't be that we give them the Action Plan and they fill it in. It should be initiated by the student's desire to engage with a particular social problem."

February 14, 2018

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SkillsWin! A Playbook for Career Success

Bill Coplin
December 31, 2013

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