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Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (often truncated to Woodrow Wilson School or abbreviated WWS; known as "Woody Woo" in campus slang) is a professional school of public affairs at Princeton University. The school has granted undergraduate A.B. degrees since 1930 and graduate degrees since 1948. It has three graduate degree programs: masters' degrees (in the M.P.A. and M.P.P. programs), and doctoral degrees.
A U.S.$35 million grant from Charles and Marie Robertson, the owners of the A&P Grocery chain, funded the construction of the school's current home in Robertson Hall and laid the base of its endowment, which stands at roughly US$558 million. The heirs of the Robertsons are presently engaged in a lawsuit with the University over control of that endowment. The Robertsons claim that the school has not met its mission of preparing students for government service, as too few of its graduates take positions in government, that the University has improperly attempted to commingle the WWS endowment with the University endowment, and that WWS endowment funds were used to fund non-WWS ventures --- the construction of Wallace Hall, for instance, which houses the WWS offices and the WWS library, along with unrelated offices for the Department of Sociology.
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