McCormack Speaks

May 5, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Time for a Lobbying Law Revamp?

by Christopher Dunne, McCormack Scholar

flag and gavelIt’s been seven years since Massachusetts last reviewed its lobbying laws and while the legislature is revisiting other aspects of government integrity this spring, statutes and regulations covering lobbyists are not on the table. My master’s capstone research aims to perform an in-depth check-up on these laws by interviewing stakeholders and analyzing data to determine if an update is needed.

While re-convening the Public Integrity Task Force that shaped the law last in 2009 under Governor Deval Patrick is not an option, many members of that body have been happy to talk about that experience and their views on how the law has functioned. Task Force members ranged from elected officials to legal experts to advocates, each with differing thoughts on the right approach to ensuring public confidence and trust in our political system. Continue Reading →

April 12, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

VIDEO: McCormack School Offers Accelerated Master’s Degree Programs

Mccormack graduatesThe John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies now offers accelerated master’s degree programs. UMass Boston undergraduates can now earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years in conflict resolution, gerontology, global comparative public administration, international relations, management of aging services, or public administration.

For highly-qualified students in the College of Liberal Arts and Honors College, this unique accelerated program allows students to finish their master’s degree in approximately half the time and at half the cost of a traditional two-year master’s program.

Eligible students will replace undergraduate electives with graduate coursework before matriculating as a graduate student to complete the master’s degree.

Watch this video to learn more.

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