Carson Scholars

Dates & Location 

The course will have 7 on-campus class sessions during the Winter B semester before heading to Washington D.C. in early May. While in Washington, D.C., students will participate in an intensive, one-week course held at The Washington Campus and other unique locations around D.C. 


With David Carson's support, tuition is covered for the Washington Campus course. As a Carson Scholar, you will be responsible for transportation to and from Washington, your meals during the program, and a Ross fee that includes five nights at a hotel.


The faculty director is Norman Bishara, who is the associate dean for undergraduate and early career programs at Michigan Ross, as well as an associate professor of business law and ethics. Professor Bishara is a staff editor at the American Business Law Journal and a past president of the Employment Law Section of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. While in private practice in New York state, he represented a diverse group of corporate and individual clients in corporate, and commercial litigation matters. He has a public policy degree from Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy and has worked with various domestic and international entities, such as the United Nations Development Programme-RBEC and the Lebanaese Transparency Association.

Lecturers in the course include current and former government officials — for example, members of Congress, senior White House and congressional staff, regulatory and cabinet agency executives, journalists, business executives, political professionals, and representatives of advocacy organizations. The course includes site visits to various government buildings, such as the Federal Reserve.


Students must complete and submit an application form to enroll in the course.

Selected students are announced before the Thanksgiving break. Admitted students add the class when registering for winter term courses. (This course is included in the 18-credit-hour limit for the winter term.) Admitted students must submit a form that includes parental consent for students who are not self-supporting. Students not admitted to the course will be placed on a wait list.

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Business and Public Policy at The Washington Campus

As a Ross BBA student, you can get a close-up look at the interaction of business and government through a special three-credit course in Washington, D.C., in early May. David Carson (Michigan BBA, ’55) established a fund at Ross that covers the entire tuition for the course. Forbes magazine named Carson, the now-retired CEO of People’s Savings Bank in Bridgeport, Conn., as one of the 500 “most powerful people” in corporate America.

Students in the course are designated as Carson Scholars. Ross offers the course in conjunction with The Washington Campus, a consortium of business schools at 17 top U.S. universities. Organized in 1978 by L. William Seidman (Michigan MBA, ’49) and other visionary leaders, the campus advances the principle that business leaders must understand how government works.

The Washington Campus course — BL 488: Business and Public Policy — provides you with the frameworks, concepts, and tools needed to incorporate public policy into managerial decision making and strategic planning. The course focuses on Congress and the legislative process, the structure of the federal courts, the impact of judicial decision making on business, the federal regulatory process, the organization of the White House, the role of lobbyists and interest groups, and the role of the media in the public policy process.

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