School of Government & Law

Message from the Dean

Taft University believes it is crucial for students to understand the underlying principles of changes occurring in today’s world, and has designed courses and curricula reflecting these changes. Exponentially increasing technologies, industry convergence, and the resulting impact on governing bodies and decision makers unleash a new and very dynamic era of education and laws attached to the process.

Our society will need visionary and pace setting leaders moving teams and organizations toward a shared vision of goals while at the same time setting high standards marked by achievable and realistic goals. Policy makers will need to recognize the impact of climate migration, levels of displacement among populations, and the cost of dollars and human suffering attached to this, as well as urban relocation.

In 2016 the Brooking Institute looked at some of the largest metro economics in the world and found if there are more people, there will be more productivity. Density apparently drives innovation. A 2018 McKinsey study showed that green house gases could be reduced by a significant amount if we would build smart cities. These are topics and issues that urban planners and lawmakers will need to understand and incorporate in future decision-making processes.

With a globally changing labour force, a renewed understanding of compositions of cities will become a crucial component, as will the understanding of data analytics and big data. Data is power and as Francis Hutcheson back in 1725 said, “That action is best, which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers” – a statement that is applicable to our changing global environment.

Anita Cassard, MPA, PhD
William Howard Taft University, School of Government & Law


Dr. Anita Cassard believes in being affiliative – emphasizing the importance of teamwork; a trait she applied in helping develop various programs for multiple government and nonprofit organizations such as (for example) the Maryland Transportation Authority in Baltimore, the NYS Office for the Aging, and the implementation and acceptance of Hospice training classes into the curriculum for Medical Schools during her years of consultations on a local, national, and international level. Her board experience covers areas ranging from Education to Health Care, Business and Public Policy.

Dr. Cassard received her PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University, Minnesota and her MPS from Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy in NY/NY.

Government & Law Degree Programs

Master of Public Administration
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Partners in Professional Education℠ (PIPE℠) Program

Over the past three decades, the University has been pleased to contribute to the professional education of thousands of individuals employed by numerous organizations. With the goal of increasing co-operation between the University and the international business community, the Partners in Professional Education℠ (PIPE℠) Program was established to provide graduate level educational opportunities to qualified employees of participating organizations. Employees of participating organizations are eligible for tuition grants on all University degree programs.

Public School Teachers should contact their school district or teacher association for detailed information on the special PIPE℠ Program available for the Master of Education and Doctor of Education Programs.

For more information visit the FAQ page for the PIPE℠ Program.

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