View Bill 21-22-28

Senate Bill 21-22-28

Bill ID: 21-22-28
PCC ID: 21056
Name: PCC Proposal to Establish a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
Proposed: 11/23/2021
Sponsor: PCC Committee
Proposal: The Maryland School of Public Policy proposes establishing a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. The proposed certificate will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, analyze, and implement policies related to science, technology, and innovation (STI), including regulatory aspects related to new technologies and approaches for creating and commercializing new technologies and innovations. The certificate is aimed towards students with STEM backgrounds who wish to acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation of the social and political processes that shape science and technology, and to students in public policy related majors who recognize that many issues are reliant on – and shaped – by science and technological advances.

The program will be a four-course (twelve credit) program of study. Students who complete the program will gain quantitative skills for analyzing empirical data related to science and technology change and analytical skills for designing and evaluating STI policies and programs. Students will learn to use STI policy documents and processes, including Congressional hearings, statutes, federal budgets, court decisions, National Research Council reports, and studies from advocacy groups. Students will also develop their communication skills by writing policy memos, preparing Congressional testimony, and making presentations.


Status: Completed
Completed On: 05/23/2022


Presidential Approval: 02/11/2022
Chancellor Approval: 04/27/2022
MHEC Approval: 05/23/2022
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Reviewed By: Senate
Received: 02/02/2022
Decision Date: 02/09/2022
Decision: The Senate voted to approve the proposal.
Next Step: Presidential Approval
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 01/14/2022
Decision Date: 01/25/2022
Decision: The SEC voted to place the proposal on the agenda of the February 9, 2022 Senate meeting for consideration.
Next Step: Senate Review
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Reviewed By: Programs, Curricula, & Courses (PCC) Committee
Received: 11/23/2021
Decision Date: 12/03/2021
Decision: The PCC Committee voted to approve the proposal.
Actions: The PCC Committee considered the proposal at its December 3, 2021 meeting. Anand Patwardhan and Tom Kennedy from the Maryland School of Public Policy presented the proposal and answered questions from the committee. After discussion, the committee voted to approve the proposal.
Next Step: SEC Review