Vision of the Graduate Public Administration Program
The Masters of Public Administration program is the preferred program of choice in the state of Florida providing the highest quality graduate and undergraduate education for careers in public administration. With a contemporary curriculum, innovative instruction, scholarly and applied research, and community service the program continues to develop a national model of community partnership and service in an evolving metropolitan environment.
Mission of the Graduate Public Administration Program
The Master of Public Administration degree provides high quality graduate education for current and prospective practitioners in public and nonprofit organizations. Within an evolving metropolitan environment, the program is designed to develop and enhance leadership and management skills essential to public and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum administers ethical principles, critical functions, and professional skills to help students contribute to the policy process and become leaders and managers in public and nonprofit organizations. The MPA program uses a public governance model that proactively engages the diverse and changing citizenry.
In a spirit of collegiality and collaboration, the MPA program develops effective partnerships with our local community, other college and university departments, and the academic community at large. All aspects of our programs promote leadership through adherence to democratic principles and the highest standards of ethical conduct. The MPA program values diversity and multiculturalism with an active outreach and recruitment effort to meet diversity goals.
The Strategic Plan Process
The public administration advisory board, faculty, and staff of the School of Public Administration held a retreat and abbreviated strategic planning session in conjunction with its quarterly meeting in order to establish goals for the undergraduate and graduate programs in Public Administration. Marilyn Crotty, the director of the Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida, facilitated the session. At the retreat the group participated in an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that might affect the program. They then identified the strategic issues facing the program and formulated them into six (6) goal areas.
The public administration advisory board devoted time to developing measurable objectives and strategies for each goal. This work was incorporated into a draft strategic plan that was disseminated to the work group. The Master of Public Administration degree and the undergraduate public administration programs (Bachelors of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Public Administration) were undergoing the state-required seven (7) year program reviews. The recommendations from the program reviewers regarding all three programs were then included in the strategic plan.
The recommendations from the outside reviewers were discussed and incorporated into the strategic plan as appropriate. The remaining objectives and strategies were discussed and completed. The draft of the strategic plan was discussed in detail and the public administration advisory board approved this draft of the plan, which was submitted to the faculty of the School of Public Administration for approval in late May.
This plan reflects over a year of work and the efforts from multiple stakeholders, who are dedicated to addressing the strategic issues facing the graduate and undergraduate Public Administration programs at the University of Central Florida. The plan will be assessed each public administration advisory board meeting using the strategic issues as the format for the agenda each meeting.
Graduate Public Administration Program Strategic Plan 2012-2017
The public administration program’s current goals and objectives include the following:
- Goal 1: Increase student engagement
- Increase graduation rates
- Strengthen student organizations
- Increase alumni engagement and commitment with an alumni chapter
- Goal 2: Completion of competency integrated curriculum and assessments
- Annually review the Institutional Effectiveness Program
- Goal 3: Improve public service in the region, nationally, and internationally
- Improve the dissemination of scholarly knowledge
- Address local government research needs by conducting one project per year
- Goal 4: Develop funding for student scholarships
- Make and implement a “PA Development Plan”
- Establish one endowed scholarship for a Public Administration student
Note: The objectives in the full plan each contain measures and time for completion, which the advisory board uses for assessment.