ERIC Number: ED388203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
MPA Graduates' Views about MPA Curriculum and Political Activity: Findings from a Fifty-State Study (1990-1993).
Rose, Bruce J.; Mohapatra, Manindra K.
This study examined the perceptions of Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduates about public administration curriculum and their political acuity. Using data from a national survey on MPA graduate attitudes, it focused on the perceptions of 1,428 MPA graduates who were state administrators, 351 state administrators with bachelor of arts (BA) degrees in public administration, 332 state administrators who held certified public manager certificates, and 3,869 administrators without an administrative degree or training. The study found that respondents holding an MPA or higher degree rated organizational behavior and interpersonal relations, knowledge of political institutions, program evaluation, and policy analysis as more important than did respondents with a BA degree. Respondents with less that an MPA degree rated personnel management and public relations as more important than did respondents with an MPA degree. An appendix provides a copy of the survey questionnaire. (Contains 26 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute. Center for Governmental Services.; Employment Policies Inst. Foundation, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (Orlando, FL, October 21-23, 1995). The appendix may not reproduce well due to small type and marginal legibility.