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.