Office of Assessment and Accreditation

UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Public Affairs (MPA)

Mission

The mission of the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program offered by University of North Carolina at Greensboro is to do the following: provide a stimulating and challenging education enabling a diverse student body to develop public values and master essential knowledge, competencies, and skills within a supportive and cooperative community; prepare pre-service students for leadership and professional positions in public service; and provide education to in-service students that will lead to their development and career advancement as leaders, professionals, and managers.

Learning Outcomes

Understand Public Service Values
Students will understand and apply public service values to organizational and public problems

Understand and analyze governance structures and key players
Students will understand and analyze governance structures and key players in government and non-profit organizations.

Reflect on and assess personal leadership and management skills
Students will reflect on and assess one’s personal leadership and management skills.

Understand and manage key human and financial resources
Students will understand and manage key human and financial resources in public administration.

Develop vision, strategies, and resources
Students will develop vision, strategies, and resources to accomplish organizational goals.

Research political, administrative, and legal initiatives
Student will research political, administrative, and legal context of policy and program initiatives.

Demonstrate affect of problem identification on public policy process
Students will demonstrate how problem identification affects the public policy process.

Understand and articulate the role of public administrators and elected officials in the policy process
Students will understand and articulate the role of public administrators and elected officials in the policy process.

Plan and assess effective policy and program implementation
Students will plan and assess effective policy and program implementation.

Perform policy analysis and program evaluations
Students will perform policy analysis and program evaluations using appropriate methods.

Organize, analyze, display and interpret data
Students will organize, analyze, display and interpret data

Employ quantitative and qualitative research methods
Students will employ quantitative and qualitative research methods appropriately.

Identify and analyze organizational features
Student will identify and analyze organizational features and their role in policy decisions.

Synthesize contributions from academic literature and public sources
Students will synthesize various contributions from the academic literature and from public sources.

Examine and critique research methods and findings.
Students will examine and critique research methods and findings.

Solve problems and make decisions.
Students will solve problems and make decisions using a variety of viewpoints and information sources.

Understand and apply sound financial planning and fiscal management practices.
Students will understand and apply sound financial planning & fiscal management practices.

Articulate the value of professional integrity/ethics.
Students will articulate the value of professional integrity/ethics in PA practice.

Demonstrate the application of public leadership skills and ethics.
Students will demonstrate the application of public leadership skills and ethics to PA practice.

Develop self-awareness and an understanding of one’s personal and professional values
Students will develop self-awareness and an understanding of one’s personal and professional values.

Articulate the types and methods of accountability applicable to public managers
Students will articulate the types and methods of accountability applicable to public managers.

Apply a public service perspective to human and financial resource decisions
Students will apply a public service perspective to human and financial resource decisions.

Produce high quality oral communication
Students will produce high quality oral communication accessible to both professional and public audiences.

Produce high quality written communication
Students will produce high quality written communication accessible to both professional and public audiences.

Apply effective human resource management practices
Students will apply effective human resource management practices.

Articulate social equity and diversity goals
Students will articulate social equity and diversity goals in organizations and to the public.

Appreciate cultural, generational, and professional differences
Students will appreciate cultural, generational, and professional differences in the workplace.

Apply skills in conflict resolution, active listening, consensus development, team building, and cultural understanding
Students will apply skills in conflict resolution, active listening, consensus development, team building, and cultural understanding to organizational and public issues.

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