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ERIC Number: ED139680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
The New MPA: Those Who Have It, Judge It.
Henry, Nicholas L.
The paper analyzes feedback from nearly 600 recent public administration graduates regarding the professional relevance of graduate-level courses. The purpose was to provide guidelines for curriculum developers in the expanding field of public administration. Graduates of nine major Masters of Public Administration (MPA) programs were questioned about their salary level; history and nature of employment; attitudes about levels of integrity, ability, and ambition found in the public service; and social and economic mobility. Data dealing with the MPA curriculum as it related to sex, ethnicity, and career status are analyzed in detail. Career status implied attitudes toward degree programs depending upon professional experience and perceptions of course requirements depending upon one's professional specialization. The mid-career status variable accounted for a more favorable attitude toward introductory personnel and comparative administration courses, whereas sex and ethnicity variables accounted for more favorable attitudes toward finance courses. Findings indicated that budget and finance courses were judged to be most relevant by all groups. The least relevant course was identified as public personnel administration, followed closely by research methods and quantitative analysis courses, introductory courses in public administration, and courses in sub-national government. Curriculum adjustments in response to these preferences were recommended. Tables are included. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Data Analysis, Degree Requirements, Educational Trends, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, National Surveys, Policy Formation, Political Science, Program Evaluation, Public Administration Education, Relevance (Education), Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association (Phoenix, Arizona, March 31-April 2, 1977) ; Tables may be marginally legible due to small print of the original document