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Assurance of Learning: Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A.)

Mission Statement: The mission of the Doctor of Public Administration program is to prepare students with the analytical, conceptual and professional skills to succeed in three primary areas (1) senior managers in government and nonprofit organizations; (2) faculty members and researchers in academic settings; and (3) consultants in governmental and non-profit agencies to identify, analyze, recommend and implement solutions to problems of governance in the 21st century. This mission is achieved through coursework and apprenticeship opportunities with an active faculty engaged in research and service. Through this process students will become more committed to promoting the public interest while adhering to the highest standards of ethical conduct.

Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Public Administration program:

  1. Students will be able to analyze current issues in governance in terms of the conceptual foundations and scholarship of public administration.

  2. Students will be able to integrate understanding of the policy process, program development, program evaluation and fiscal analysis to improve the effectiveness of public policy and programs.

  3. Students will be able to use acquired skills in research methods and qualitative and quantitative analysis to conduct original research that answers questions confronting public administrators and others in the public sphere.

  4. Students will be able to act in support of the public interest while adhering to the highest ethical standards.