Public-policy researchers and university officials gathered at the American Enterprise Institute on Wednesday to debate the merits of a proposal in Congress to establish a U.S. Public Service Academy.
The proposed undergraduate institution would provide training specifically for public service, in addition to a traditional core curriculum in the arts and sciences. Upon graduation, students would have a five-year obligation to serve in public-service roles on a local, state, or national level. The admissions process would be rigorous, but students would not pay tuition to attend the institution, which would be federally subsidized. …
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat of New York, introduced a bill to establish the academy in March 2007. The Senate bill (S 960) and a companion measure in the House of Representatives (HR 1671) have gained bipartisan support, but neither measure has advanced.