Called to Serve: The Bush School of Government and Public Service

By Charles F. Hermann; Sally Dee Wade | Go to book overview

3
Trial and Error

An Experimental Exercise

The first two years of the new Bush School might be viewed as a series of experiments. Of course, none of the activities represented controlled research experiments. More generally in an experiment, something is tried that may or may not produce the desired results. If it appears to work, the initiative is continued. If it does not, the search begins for an alternative. Between fall 1997 and the end of the spring semester 1999, a number of experiment-type initiatives were tried at the Bush School. Faculty, students, administrators, and potential donors all served both as investigators and subjects in these exercises. Some things worked well; others did not.

Consider an experiment that worked. The Board of Regents constitutes the governing body for all the educational and research institutions in the Texas A&M University System. Not surprisingly, they asked for a report on the new Bush School of Government and Public Service after the school had been operating for several months. Accompanied by Ray Bowen, Hermann provided an oral briefing. Fred McClure, a graduate of Texas A&M who had served President Bush on his White House executive staff, had returned to Texas and become a member of the Board of Regents. Of course, he had a particular interest

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • 1 - The President Needs a Library 1
  • 2 - A New School on the Horizon 17
  • 3 - Trial and Error 32
  • 4 - Begin Again 52
  • 5 - A Change of Command 63
  • 6 - Gaining Momentum and Recognition 75
  • 7 - A Robust School in a New Decade 90
  • 8 - Continuing Education 115
  • 9 - What Are the Graduates Doing? 124
  • Postscript 171
  • Notes 179
  • Index 187
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