ERIC Number: ED423725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-12
MPA and CPM Curriculum: An Analysis of the Views of Public Administrators.
Rose, Bruce J.
Views of state public administrators about management education and training needs were investigated, as were administrator views concerning short-term management development workshops. Data was drawn from responses to questionnaires mailed to 5,980 state administrators who were selected from a national survey and from random samples using lists provided by states, state-supported programs, and universities; respondent profile data are included. Results suggest that respondents regard as important the topics addressed by both Masters of Public Administration (MPA) programs and by Certified Public Manager (CPM) programs, which are government-supported management training programs. The MPA respondents cited as most important learning about organizational behavior, budget operations, and political institutions. CPM respondents cited problem-solving techniques, strategic planning, and performance management as most important. Responses of the MPA and CPM respondents were not compared because the two groups had not been given a dissimilar set of items. The majority of the CPM respondents reported finding their training only somewhat valuable in increasing their effectiveness. However, all respondents felt that the workshop skills topics were valuable, with team building, presentation skills, and negotiation techniques cited as most important. (Contains 11 references). (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Education, Course Content, Educational Needs, Government Employees, Higher Education, Management Development, Masters Programs, National Surveys, Professional Training, Program Effectiveness, Public Administration, Skill Development, State Officials, Training Objectives, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Working paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Indiana Political Science Association (Terre Haute, IN, April 12, 1996).