USM SHADY GROVE CENTER POLICY - 4.00
Format for New Academic Program Proposals
Name of institution: University of Baltimore
Name of degree program: Master of Public Administration
Academic department responsible for the program: School of Public Affairs,
Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts
Contact person (name, phone number and email): Dr. Daniel Martin, MPA
Program Director, 410-837-6118. firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the number of degrees awarded in the program in the previous two
There were 44 MPA degrees awarded in AY03-04 and 28 were awarded in
Briefly describe the educational goals of the program:
The Master of Public Administration is a two-year professional degree designed
to provide graduate education for persons currently holding or seeking
administrative careers in the public sector of nonprofit organizations. Students
with all types of undergraduate backgrounds are considered for admission.
The goals of the program are to provide pre-service and in-service students with
the substantive knowledge, skills, and values needed for effective public
administration in the coming decades. Graduates of our program should be able
to apply and persuasively communicate to citizens and elected officials a sense
of public interest-oriented expertise geared toward solving public policy and
public management problems. Students must do so in ethically grounded,
politically strategic, and customer-sensitive ways that can help inform, shape,
and serve evolving national, state, and local priorities. Finally, students must be
able to reflect critically upon the role of public administration in a democratic
society, upon the roles that they and their organizations play in running our
Constitution, and upon the civic educational roles and responsibilities open to
them as public servants.
The emergence of such trends as third-party government, cutback management,
and technological innovation require a fundamental rethinking of the duties,
obligations, roles and skills of contemporary public administrators. As such,
students must understand the forces propelling these changes, demonstrate their
ability to apply effectively the latest management tools associated with these
trends, and critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these techniques.
To these ends, students should be able to demonstrate their mastery of six
general sets of literacies before leaving the program: organizational and
interorganizational dynamics, policy and management, decision-analytic,
political-historical, legal-ethical, and oral and written communication. They are
given opportunities to demonstrate this mastery in three ways: (1) individual core
courses; (2) in courses dealing with areas of specialization tailored to student
interests; and (3) in a problem-solving, outcome-based capstone course that
requires them to integrate knowledge, skills, and values culled from the core
The MPA Program is accredited by the National Association of School of Public
Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). And three members of the faculty have
been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration
What needs of Montgomery County would be addressed by this program?
Montgomery County is the largest jurisdiction in the state. Recent census data
indicate that approximately 10.1% of County’s workforce was employed in public
administration and that percentage is expected to increase to 10.8% by 2012.
Given the importance of the role that public administrators play in the lives of
County residents, efforts must be constantly underway to do a better job of
educating current and future public managers to meet changing public
expectations of the role of government. Public administrators face enormous
challenges requiring greater sophistication and skill because of dramatic
economic, social, demographic, and technological changes in their environment.
Effective and ethical public service will continue to become more complex,
particularly at the local level.
Public administration spans the arenas of government, not-for-profit
organizations, and third-sector organizations (e.g., labor unions). Today’s public
managers must be able to think creatively and manage strategically. They must
also have the interpersonal and analytical skills necessary to create self-
evaluating organizations, motivate employees, and build relationships with
diverse group both inside and outside the organization.
Given the high concentration of public sector and not-for-profit employees
working and residing in Montgomery County, the MPA program offers an
opportunity to bring an advanced educational opportunity to County residents in a
convenient weekend format. Data indicate that there is a pool of potential
students who should be interested in a weekend MPA Program at USG.
What is the anticipated start-up date for the program; please project
headcount enrollments for each of the first five years of the program(s).
Anticipated start-up is Fall Semester 2006. We are aiming for an initial cohort of
15 students, with additional cohorts of the same size entering each of the
following years. These students will be part-time. It is anticipated that most
Students will be taking two courses per semester. Students can be admitted in
both the fall and spring semesters.
Attach an outline of the articulation with Montgomery College.
N/A (graduate program)
What courses will the institution provide onsite at SGC?
We are planning on offering all eleven core courses at SGC. However, given our
enrollment projections, it will not be feasible to offer all the elective courses that
comprise each of our five areas of specialization. We do anticipate offering three
electives courses in our Public and Nonprofit Management specialization at USG.
What courses will not be provided by the institution onsite at SGC and how
will the gap be filled? A complete program plan showing the progression
to the bachelor’s degree must be attached.
During the building phase, any core courses that might not be scheduled on a
convenient basis for students can be taken through our online MPA program. All
core courses and three electives are regularly offered in that format.
The MPA is intentionally designed with maximum flexibility to allow students to fit
the program to their scheduling needs. Therefore, the following program plan is
Fall First Year:
Spring First Year:
Fall Second Year:
Spring Second Year:
Fall Third Year:
Spring Third Year:
Fall Fourth Year:
Will any of the courses offered at SGC in this program serve as electives
for other SGC programs? Does the institution plan any course sharing
with other SGC institutions?
Some of our courses (PUAD 621, PUAD 623, PUAD 624, and PUAD 625)
assume no prior knowledge of the field, and can be taken as electives by
students in other graduate programs.
From our perspective, there is a provision in the program which allows students
in consultation with the program director to take courses (9 credits) in other
related graduate programs (e.g., criminal justice, psychology, business
administration, or educational administration).
At this point, there is no plan to share courses with other SGC institutions since
the MPA Program will be delivered in a weekend format. However, we are
always interested in trying to find a way to work with other institutions in the
delivery of our academic programs.
How will you maintain the same quality as the on-campus program?
As noted above, the University of Baltimore’s MPA Program is accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
Degree requirements and course content for the MPA Program at USG will be
the same as our on-campus program. In addition, the program will be taught
primarily by full-time faculty members.
The MPA Program uses various methods to assess student achievement.
Ongoing assessment of the core curriculum will be conducted through the
capstone course (Problem-Solving in Public Administration). If students appear
to be unprepared for the capstone in a given area, the curriculum is reviewed for
coverage of the material. The compononents of the core courses are then
assessed at regular scheduled faculty meetings to affirm the courses included
the skill sets that were identified as important by the Program’s mission
Other materials will be used to assess course quality. Teaching and curriculum
development issues are considered as part of each faculty member’s yearly
evaluation. Included in this are synopses of student evaluations of each MPA
course. Finally, the effectiveness of the program as whole will continue to be
assessed through periodic meeting with the MPA Advisory Committee, and
through periodic surveys of alumni and of their employers.
Estimate the facilities and services required for this program; e.g., the
number of classrooms, hours, special facilities, computer requirements,
library, disabilities, etc.
The MPA Program will be offered in a weekend format. It is anticipated that
courses will be offered on 5 or 6 weekends per semester and students will be
required to stay in contact with their professors and complete assignments
between classes by utilizing Web Tyco. Classes will meet on both Saturdays
For AY07, we are anticipating offering two courses during the fall semester and
ether two or three courses during the spring semester. When the program is fully
implemented, we are projecting that we will be offering 6 courses per semester.
Students will require use of the USG library and in particular the interlibrary loan
facilities. Two core courses in the MPA Program—Statistics for Public
Administrators and Information Resource Management--require the use of a
computer classroom. Software needs include Statistical Package for Social
Sciences (SPSS) and Microsoft Office Professional (Word, PowerPoint, Excel,
and Access). There is a licensing fee for SPSS.
Are there special fees associated with this program?
There is an additional fee for all online courses offered by the University of
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