History

In 1997 the Dept. of Policy Analysis and Management was established when the departments of Consumer Economics (CEH) and Housing and Human Services Studies (HSS) were restructured and merged. The focal areas for the new department were policy related to the consumer, family and social welfare and health. The merger took the strengths and complementary aspects of their subject matters and exploited these areas with a somewhat different mission than either had separately. 

The new department was based on 6 newly structured courses in applied public finance, nonprofit management, policy analysis, critical perspectives, research methods and multivariate statistics. As the dept. developed its undergraduate curriculum, attention was given to the area of management, with the intent of complementing existing management courses given in other academic units on campus.  Also consideration was given to creating upper level courses that emphasized planning and evaluation in a management context, focus on techniques for improvement of community decision making with respect to public sector and nonprofit activities. 

 

Creation of PAM from the merger of CEH and HSS

 

PAM History Timeline

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Consumer Economics and Housing – CEH

  • 1920 Dept. of Household Management is established
  • 1931 Dept. of Economics of the Household and Household Management
  • 1959 Dept. of Household Economics and Management
  • 1969 Dept. of Consumer Economics and Public Policy
  • 1977 Dept. of Consumer Economics and Housing
  • 1997 Policy Analysis and Management – Established by the merger of the Dept. of Consumer Economics and Housing and the Dept. of Human Service Studies

* For the first 67 years, the study of economics of the household rested primarily with three individuals – Martha Van Rensselaer, Helen Canon and Mabel Rollins

Human Service Studies - HSS

  • 1946 the Department of Home Economics Education is established
  • 1969 the name is changed to Community Service Education
  • 1978 the name is changed again to Human Service Studies
  • 1997 Policy Analysis and Management – Established by the merger of the Dept. of Consumer Economics and Housing and the Dept. of Human Service Studies

 

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