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									                     USM SHADY GROVE CENTER POLICY - 4.00

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Name of institution: University of Baltimore

Name of degree program: Doctor of Public Administration

Academic department responsible for the program; School of Public Affairs/College
of Liberal Arts

Contact person (name, phone number and email): Dr. Laura Wilson-Gentry,
Program Director Phone: (410) 837-6102 e-mail:

What is the number of degrees awarded in the program in the previous two
academic years? From Academic Year 2003-2004 to present: 4 degrees have been

Briefly describe the educational goals of the program.

The Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) is an applied research degree program
dedicated to providing public sector and nonprofit managers with the substantive skills,
knowledge, and values that are needed to lead public and not-for-profit organizations in
the 21st Century. In our evolving public sector environment, high level managers need
interpersonal, analytical, communication, negotiation, planning, quantitative, and
research skills in order to make decisions that are economically efficient,
programmatically effective, and politically responsive. Moreover, high level
administrators need to reflect on their roles within a democratic society and understand
the ethical requirements of operating in the public trust.

     To accomplish these goals, the DPA curriculum is structured in the following

      core courses that focus on the theoretical and historical foundation of the field;

      core courses that focus on statistical techniques, program evaluation, and
       analytical techniques;

      core courses that focus on decision-making techniques, financial analysis, and
       interpersonal skills ; and

      a final project in which the substantive knowledge and skills described above are
       applied to an analysis of an existing public, not-for-profit, or third sector (e.g.,
       labor unions) organization.

What needs of Montgomery County would be addressed by this program?

Montgomery County is the largest jurisdiction in the state. Approximately 38% of the
County residents have graduate degrees and a large percentage of them work for
government, government contractors, or not-for-profit organizations. According to
County demographic data, approximately 10.1% of the Montgomery County workforce
worked in public administration in 2002 and that percentage is expected to increase to
10.8% by 2012. Given the educational levels and the types of jobs available in
Montgomery County and adjacent jurisdictions, particularly Washington, D.C., the DPA
would provide opportunities for advanced study and reflection on the theory and
practice of public administration. More specifically, the program is designed to prepare
experts in policy analysis, program evaluation, policy implementation, and program
management; jobs that are quite abundant in the Montgomery County area.

The University of Baltimore’s DPA Program has been offering doctoral courses in
Montgomery County (National Labor College in Silver Spring) for the past five years.
Approximately one-third of the 85 students admitted to the program during this five year
period have resided in Montgomery County and/or the Washington Metropolitan area.

As noted earlier, given the high concentration of federal, state and local government
employees working and residing in Montgomery County as well as surrounding
jurisdictions, the DPA Program offers an opportunity to bring advanced educational
opportunities to these persons in a convenient weekend format. We do believe that
there is a pool of potential students who will be interested in the doctoral program in
public administration 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).
The DPA Program’s offerings in Silver Spring will be shifted to USG beginning Fall
Semester 2006. In addition, we are projecting that 5 new DPA students will be taking
courses at USG. Students are admitted to the DPA only in the Fall Semes ter.

     Table 1: Projected Headcount Enrollments: AY06-AY10
                         FY06       FY07         FY08    FY09    FY10

New Admits                  5              8             8             8             8

Total # Students            5             11            16            21             22

(The projected headcount is based on our current retention numbers for doctoral
students in the DPA Program.)

Attach an outline of the articulation with Montgomery College.

Not Applicable (graduate program)

What courses will the institution provide onsite at SGC?

The DPA Program consists of 8 core courses, 4 elective courses and 6 credit hours of
final project research. Present plans are to offer 2 core courses each semester
(possibly 1 course during the summer) at USG and 2 others at the Baltimore site
(although there may be some course sharing due to the availability of IVN technology).
Therefore, students will be able to complete the core at USG within 2 academic years.

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.

DPA students generally complete their elective courses in one of three ways: (1) by
taking individual research courses with faculty who have the same substantive interests,
(2) by taking specialization courses in the UB MPA program, or (3) by taking courses in
other related programs (e.g., criminal justice, psychology, or business administration) at
the University of Baltimore or other accredited institutions and transferring them to the
DPA Program. We will offer a selected number of DPA elective courses at USG.
However, students can fulfill electives by taking specialization courses offered through
the MPA Program at USG or by taking other appropriate graduate programs at USG.
All elective courses must be approved by the DPA Program Director.

Final Project (dissertation) hours are not a formal course; rather it is students working
intensively with the chair of their committee to complete their final project.

Below is an example of a possible DPA rotation that would offer the entire DPA core
curriculum at Shady Grove and Baltimore for 2 years. We do anticipate utilizing
interactive video technology (IVN) in offering doctoral courses. These courses would be
repeated in years 3 and 4.

Course Number   Name                    Semester                Location
PUAD 810        Foundations             Fall 2006               USG
PUAD 811        Strategic Planning      Fall 2006               USG
PUAD 813        Research                Fall 2006               Baltimore
PUAD 816        Decision Analysis       Fall 2006               Baltimore
PUAD 814        Implementation          Spring 2007             Baltimore
PUAD 815        Financial Management    Spring 2007             Baltimore--IVN
PUAD 875        Federalism              Spring 2007             USG--IVN
PUAD 805        Survey                  Spring 2007             Baltimore
PUAD 810        Foundations             Fall 2007               Baltimore---IVN
PUAD 811        Strategic Planning      Fall 2007               Baltimore
PUAD 813        Research                Fall 2007               USG
PUAD 824        Organization Theory     Fall 2007               USG---IVN
PUAD 875        Federalism              Spring 2008             Baltimore
PUAD 816        Decision Theory         Spring 2008             USG--IVN
PUAD 805        Case Study              Spring 2008             Baltimore--IVN

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

The 8 core courses in the DPA curriculum—Foundations of Public Administration
(PUAD 810), Strategic Management in the Public Sector (811), Advanced Quantitative
Techniques in Public Administration (PUAD813), Program Implementation (PUAD 814),
Public Sector Financial Analysis (PUAD 815), Advanced Public Sector Management
Techniques (PUAD 816), Public Management Skills Seminar (817), and Organization
Theory (PUAD 824) or Intergovernmental Relations (875)—are designed specifically for
doctoral students in public administration. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that any of the
core courses in this program will serve as electives in other SGC programs.

How will you maintain the same quality as the on-campus program?

Since we have been offering the DPA in both the Silver Spring and Baltimore locations,
quality control mechanisms have been well established. The DPA Program uses
predominantly tenured and tenure track faculty from the School of Public Affairs to teach
in the DPA Program. The only adjunct faculty members who teach in the program are
highly qualified government or not-for-profit administrators who possess the doctoral

Estimate the facilities and services required for this program; e.g., the number of
classrooms, hours, special facilities, computer requirements, library, disabilities,

This program is currently offered on 6 weekends per semester with two class—one on
Saturday and one on Sunday. As we intend to maintain course offerings in both
Baltimore and the DC Metro location, we anticipate that no more than 2-3 classes would
be offered each semester at Shady Grove. Students would require use of the library
and access to computer labs for some courses. Software needs for the computer labs
include Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and Microsoft Office
Professional (Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Excel).

In addition, the use of interactive video technology (IVN) or a web simulcasting and
archiving technology will allow us the opportunity to offer the same course
simultaneously in both the Baltimore and Shady Grove locations. We are presently
examining the feasibility of an online technology that allows us to webcast in real time
and archive the class at the same time.

Are there special fees associated with this program?

Not at the present time. UB’s tuition rate for doctoral students is slightly higher than the
tuition rate for master’s students. UB does charge a fee for its online courses.

Approved by the Shady Grove Governing Council on December 13, 2001.

Charles R. Middleton                                        Date
Vice Chancellor and Chair


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