By limiting the Presidential Management Fellowship Program to only those with graduate degrees, a large swath of individuals with "an interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs" are being excluded. By expanding fellowship opportunities to include highly qualified undergraduates, the program could cultivate the leadership potential of more than one quarter of the American population, rather than the single digit percentage of citizens with a graduate degree. Since this program has developed a reputation for its effectiveness in both recruitment and retention of exceptional civil servants, it seems logical to expand the program opportunities to a larger audience.
Idea No. 1028