Stop by Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. As in Frank McCourt, former Dodgers owner.
The Washington Post reported today that McCourt is giving his alma mater a $100 million gift to open a public policy school in his name, one that will keep pace with similar programs at Harvard, George Washington, the University of Maryland and George Mason University. Writes the Post:
Georgetown’s version will focus on analysis of massive data files emerging from a plethora of government agencies and other sources in the 21st century, seeking to shed light on education, health, poverty and other subjects.
Georgetown Provost Robert Groves, a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, said the data initiative will capitalize on the explosive growth of quantitative public information through such sites as www.data.gov, to help frame policy issues and train new generations of government leaders.
Maybe it’s just us, but there’s a little irony in a businessman who drove a baseball team into bankruptcy, and whose overseeing of the Dodgers’ official charity was investigated by the California attorney general’s office, promoting the dissemination of public information.