CTG is a strong academic research and teaching partner of the University at Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, ranked by U.S. News & World Reports as one of the nation's top public affairs schools. Because several of the programs at Rockefeller College closely align with the work that CTG has been doing for more than 22 years, several CTG staff members contribute to the educational environment at Rockefeller College.
CTG's Director Theresa Pardo and Research Fellow Sharon Dawes, both Associate Professors at Rockefeller College collaborated with Distinguished Professor David Anderson to develop the Government Information Strategy and Management (GISM) concentration within the College's Master of Public Administration program. Together with CTG's Research Director J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, who is also an Associate Professor at Rockefeller College, and Program Director Donna Canestraro, the concentration's effectiveness and notoriety continues to grow and is currently ranked 3rd in the nation for Technology Management in the Public Sector by U.S. News & World Report.
The main courses in the GISM concentration, developed by CTG, allow students to gain an understanding of the real-world issues in government and learn to use information technology as an essential tool for problem solving and public management within single organizations and across multiple organizations, sectors, and levels of government. Drawing from public administration and other fields, students learn how policies, organizational factors, information content, and information technologies influence decisions and performance in government settings. Students tackle these issues in course work, projects, and individual research. The GISM concentration is now available in the Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy program and professional certificate programs in addition to the Master of Public Administration. One course, PAD305, is also available for undergraduate students across the university.
In addition to learning from CTG staff and fellows in a classroom setting, select students from Rockefeller College also enjoy the opportunity to work as graduate assistants and collaborate on academic publications and research projects under CTG leadership, providing them with valuable experience while being mentored by world-renowned researchers and top project managers and professionals.