ERIC Number: ED352870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-7
Reference Count: N/A
Report on a Program for Collaboration between MPA Programs in Historically Black Universities and a Predominantly White University (Indiana State University): A Cultural Diversity Innovation Project Supported by NASPAA.
Mohapatra, Manindra K.; McDowell, James L.
A program was developed to enhance collaboration and exchange between the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) programs at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and Indiana State University (ISU). The program sought to promote communications between faculties, develop an awareness about public policy issues associated with the black communities, and enhance cultural diversity. One component of the program involved four professors visiting the ISU campus to lecture and participate in discussion. A national survey of the MPA faculty (143 respondents) on cultural diversity issues found that respondents were enthusiastic about the cultural diversity dimensions of the MPA program, and about collaborative relations with black colleges, and held various opinions on cultural diversity. Overall the impact of the project resulted in the following changes among the ISU MPA student and faculty participants: increased knowledge of research on black populations, interest in hiring women and minorities in MPA programs, desire to see more research on these issues, and desire to explore collaborative research and faculty exchanges with black colleges. A separate report presents detailed preliminary findings of the survey and the survey itself. Appendixes contain publicity material surrounding the events, summaries of lectures, lists of HBCUs, a copy of the faculty questionnaire, and an extensive report on its results, titled "Preliminary Findings of a 1992 Survey of MPA Faculty on Cultural Diversity Issues." A 26-item bibliography features items published from 1971-1991. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute. Center for Governmental Services.