Learning Goals And Objectives:
The Public Administration Program
The learning goals and objectives for the B.A. in Public Administration are as follows:
THEME 1. COMMUNICATION
Objective 1a. Oral Communication: Students will be able to present opinions, theories, and research findings orally.
Objective 1b. Writing: Students will be able to produce focused, coherent, and grammatically correct written communications applicable to government and nonprofit management.
Objective 1c. Teamwork: Students will be able to collaborate effectively in team processes.
Objective 1d. Interpersonal: Students will be able to demonstrate skills in personal interaction.
THEME 2. THE CONTEXT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Objective 2a. History: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history of public administration.
Objective 2b. Politics: Students will be able to explain how the political processes of the United States influence public management.
Objective 2c. Theory: Students will be able to explain the key elements of public administration theory, organizational theory and organizational behavior.
Objective 2d. Diversity: Students will demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to a diverse public.
Objective 2e. Careers: Students will understand the careers available in public administration and how to prepare for them.
THEME 3. CRITICAL THINKING
Objective 3a. Theory Application: Students will be able to apply theories to policy and administrative situations.
Objective 3b. The Scientific Method: Students will be able to explain the scientific method and apply it to a policy or management issue.
Objective 3c. Problem Solving: Students will be able to structure problems and apply a systematic problem solving approach.
Objective 3d. Ethical Reasoning: Students will be able to describe and apply a range of ethical perspectives to ethical dilemmas inherent in Public Administration.
Objective 3e. Data Analysis: Students will demonstrate ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative data.
Objective 3f. Argumentation: Students will be able to organize and defend an argument.
THEME 4. CORE PUBLIC MANAGEMENT COMPETENCIES
Objective 4a. Policy Process: Students will understand the stages and processes of policy making.
Objective 4b. Budgeting: Students will be able to develop budgets and know when to apply which budgeting approaches.
Objective 4c. Human Resources Management: Students will demonstrate the ability to perform core and strategic human resources functions.
Objective 4d. Public Management: Students will be able to effectively design work, delegate tasks, manage contracts, assess performance, and implement programs.
Objective 4e. Information Technology: Students will be able to manage effectively information technology to accomplish administrative and policy tasks.