MPA@UNC Blog


Let’s Take A Ride: 5 Largest US Public Transit Systems [Infographic]

Five major US cities including Chicago, New York City, Boston, Washington, DC, and San Francisco have the largest, most extensive public transit systems in the country. To gain a better understanding of the history and scope of each city and its public transportation system, MPA@UNC, the online mpa degree, has created a visualization to show how millions of Americans travel daily via mass transit—Let’s Take a Ride: 5 Largest US Public Transit Systems...

8 North Carolina Companies Committed to Corporate Social Responsibility

Thanks to the growing popularity of corporate social responsibility (CSR), businesses are putting more emphasis on making a difference in the world around them. A focus on good corporate citizenship improves conditions in local communities, but also ultimately yields higher returns as it forges deeper connections with customers who care about social good...

MPA@UNC Student Travels to Ecuador: Week Three

MPA@UNC student Megan Garrett traveled to Ecuador for a three-week service-learning trip with the UNC School of Government Environmental Finance Center. Read about the first and second weeks of her trip...

MPA@UNC Student Travels to Ecuador: Week Two

This year I spent July Fourth at an Italian restaurant—Romolo e Romo—in Ecuador. This is seemingly as un-American as a person could get on Independence Day, but it’s probably the most at home I’ve felt since I came here on June 25 for a service-learning trip. Surrounded by good friends and good food, it’s hard to feel like you don’t belong. And restaurant owners Guiseppe and Antonio—who emigrated from Italy to Ecuador as volunteers—embrace all as family...

OMB: The Most Powerful Office in Washington That You’ve Never Heard Of

Last year, it oversaw a budget of $2.9 trillion. Its 500 employees manage hundreds of agencies and commissions that employ another 4.3 million people. This makes it one of the largest organizations in Washington, DC, and, as part of the executive branch, it keeps an eye on the performance of federal agencies. It’s an office that reports directly to the president and administers the federal budget...

MPA@UNC Student Travels to Ecuador: Week One

Waiting outside the Fulbright Ecuador building on our first day of orientation, Jeff Hughes, director of the UNC School of Government Environmental Finance Center and our leader on this adventure, looks up at a power line pole covered with tangled wires going in every direction. “I wonder how they tell what electricity goes where,” he said, setting the inquisitive tone for the trip...