1 Academic Year College of Business and Public Management Master of Public Administration Ronald Fleming MPA 2012 Director of Transportation and Distribution Services University of California, Irvine U.S. News & World Report and Forbes Magazine
2 Each professor without exception made every effort to be connected to the class even beyond the specific academic term. Ronald Fleming MPA 2012 Ronald chose La Verne s NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) program because of the right balance of theory and real world experience... La Verne offered a supportive environment that was tailored to take into consideration my hectic work schedule. As the Director of Transportation and Distribution Services at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) campus, Ron oversees a 20+ million dollar enterprise (and over 230 employees). In Fall 2011, Ron received the Chapter President s award from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), for ZotWheels, an innovative bicycle sharing program he implemented at the UCI campus. Ron s future career aspirations mirror his experience with La Verne s MPA program as a lifelong learner: long-term, whatever role I serve in will be to help those around me achieve their goals through the sharing of my unique experience, viewpoint, and counsel. As a professionally oriented program, the Master of Public Administration degree at the University of La Verne: Prepares students for careers in public and non-profit administration in local, state, and national government Strengthens the competence of those currently serving in the field of public administration and non-profit management Provides a foundation for students interested in seeking further graduate studies or specializations in public affairs and administration 2 Master of Public Administration Program Mission Statement The mission of the University of La Verne s Master of Public Administration program is to offer an innovative and practical curriculum that stresses intellectual and theoretical foundations of the field to professionals preparing to take on socially responsible roles in public leadership and service. The mission will be achieved through a curriculum that emphasizes: 1) Management of organizational resources 2) The changing context (contextual nature) of public administration 3) Analytic and decision-making capacity Students will also develop an understanding of: 4) The practice of public administration in diverse public organizations 5) The ethical dimensions of public service Features and Benefits The MPA program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The main features and benefits of the MPA program include: Personal attention, networking, and a high level of interaction among students and faculty Evening classes designed to fit the schedule of working professionals Well-qualified faculty members who are highly competent professionals, with a personal understanding of the current workplace Year-round coursework allowing students to begin the MPA in any of four terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) A highly diverse institution, drawing students, faculty, and staff from an interesting variety of backgrounds, professions, and disciplines A computerized research laboratory, available for student research and other study projects La Verne s MPA program is one of only two university partners of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC), demonstrating our commitment to engage our students in professional associations, and the practice of local government administration. In addition, our program has been an active participant in the Preparing the Next Generation Initiative sponsored by the California Chapter of the International City/County Managers Association. We have served as the host of the City Manager in Residence program, and provided support for activities to promote diversity in local government.
3 Ron Fleming 2012 MPA Curriculum Director of Transportation and Distribution Services University of California, Irvine The MPA curriculum is designed to address the current and emerging issues facing the field of public and non-profit administration in our region and across the country. The Master of Public Administration program totals 13 courses, three units each (39 semester hours/units). Required Core Courses - 9 courses (27 semester hours) PADM 501 PADM 530 PADM 531 PADM 533 PADM 534 PADM 555 PADM 582 PADM 584 PADM 596 Public Administration and Society Human Resource Management in Public Organizations Organization Theory Policy Formation and Analysis Management of Public Funds Integrative Ethical Leadership Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis for Public Management Managing IT in Public Organizations Graduate Seminar Internship PADM 598 Government Internship III Students without previous public, non-profit, or service sector experience must take PADM 598 Government Internship III (3 semester hours) during the course of the program. This requirement is in addition to the 39 semester hours needed for the MPA. Concentrations Students can select the concentration that addresses their individual career needs. Concentrations require a minimum of four courses (12 semester hours). All courses are 3 semester hours. Note: Management courses (MGMT) are not interchangeable with Public Administration courses (PADM). Governance (students select 4 courses) PADM 538 Collaborative Public Management PADM 581 Comparative Public Administration PADM 585 Strategic Planning and Management PADM 586 Tools for Governance PADM 587 Managing Sustainable Communities Non-Profit * MGMT 530 Managing Non-Profits MGMT 531 Marketing for Non-Profits MGMT 532 Effective Fundraising MGMT 533 Accounting and Compliance for Non-Profits * Management courses (MGMT) are offered by the Business Management and Leadership Department. JD/MPA Dual Degree Program Requires admission to and completion of both programs. Required Courses 9 MPA core courses (27 semester hours) Joint MPA/Law Classes * Up to 4 classes maximum (12 semester hours) * Law classes are reviewed for acceptance in the MPA program. Students may elect to have up to 12 law semester hours transferred toward the MPA degree program. 3
4 Course Descriptions Master of Public Administration Courses (PADM) PADM 501 Public Administration and Society Reviews foundational theories in public administration and current practical applications for governance (We recommend taking PADM 501 before the end of the second term of course work). PADM 530 Human Resource Management in Public Organizations Covers theories and applications of the political dynamics of public personnel policies and public employee development. PADM 531 Organization Theory Surveys organizational theories as they relate to public organizations. Includes organizational design, structure of government, and organizational culture. Explores behavioral implications of organizations and consequences for management theory. PADM 533 Policy Formation and Analysis Analyzes the manner in which policy is formulated, implemented, and evaluated. Includes cost-benefit analysis and approaches to citizen engagement. PADM 534 Management of Public Funds Prepares students to understand the administration of financial resources in the political environment. PADM 538 Collaborative Public Management Focuses on the practice of public administration in collaborative and networked systems of governance. Explores skills needed in inter-organizational and inter-governmental relations. PADM 555 Integrative Ethical Leadership Studies moral reasoning and values as they apply to social responsibility in the leadership of public, private, and non-profit entities in increasingly diverse organizational and social contexts. PADM 581 Comparative Public Administration Presents concepts of bureaucracy, stystem transformation, national administrative systems, and politics in developed and developing nations. PADM 582 Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis for Public Management This course is designed to develop practical competence in quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques for managers in the public and non-profit sectors. PADM 584 Managing IT in Public Organizations Examines the theories of information technology management and analyzes the practical applications for the public sector. Includes planning and implementation of IT systems. PADM 585 Strategic Planning & Management Addresses the strategic management of public and non-profit organizations, as well as intervention techniques in planned organizational change. PADM 586 Tools for Governance Explores alternate forms of program and service delivery, highlighting the accountability challenges of the governance system. The course deals with issues of privatization and contract management, deregulation, grants and other fiscal tools, as well as related matters of indirect government. PADM 587 Managing Sustainable Communities Provides an overview of local planning processes with an orientation towards planning for the economic, social, and ecological long-term well being of the community. The course focuses on issues of New Urbanism as a means to develop, manage, and re-develop communities in metropolitan areas. PADM 596 Graduate Seminar Culminating and synthesizing activity for the master s program. Management Courses (MGMT) MGMT 530 Managing Non-Profits (3 credit hours) This course addresses the uniqueness of managing non-profits. It also explores the fundamental challenges to effective leadership of non-profit organizations. Can be taken for letter grade only. Not challengeable. MGMT 531 Marketing for Non-Profits This course introduces marketing for the not-for-profit sector. It examines a wide range of activities that are unique to marketing social causes. Can be taken for letter grade only. Not challengeable. MGMT 532 Effective Fundraising This course concentrates on the planning, organization, and programming required to accomplish fundraising objectives in an ethical manner. Can be taken for letter grade only. Not challengeable. MGMT 533 Accounting and Compliance for Non-Profits This course provides an introduction to major issues in non-profit financial accounting regulations and practices. Can be taken for letter grade only. Not challengeable. 4
5 Academic Calendar The Master of Public Administration program is offered according to the University of La Verne accelerated term system. There are four ten-week terms in each academic year: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. New students are encouraged to start their studies in either the Fall or Spring terms, but can begin in any term. A class schedule for the MPA program may be accessed through the Internet by going to: https://banweb.laverne.edu. Once there, click on the Class Schedule link and follow the prompts. Tuition The University of La Verne is an independent, nonsectarian and non-profit institution. The University tries to maintain low tuition in order to make higher education affordable to all potential students. The tuition charged will always be that rate which is current for the program in which the student is enrolled. Current tuition and fees for the MPA program are included in the application folder. Admission Requirements At the University of La Verne, we accept applications and admit qualified students throughout the year. To be eligible for acceptance into the Master of Public Administration program, applicants must meet the following criteria: A bachelor s degree from a regionally accredited college or university A preferred GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 semester units of undergraduate study (minimum required GPA of 2.8), and a GPA of 3.0 for any graduate study A 1-2 page statement of purpose that demonstrates: Additional Requirements Additional requirements, if needed, may include but are not limited to the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a personal interview with the Chair. Program Requirements Students in the master degree program must maintain an academic achievement of at least a 3.0 grade point average (B grade or better). All degree coursework must be completed within five years of registration as a graduate student at the University of La Verne. International students with a degree from an institution where English is not the primary language of instruction and of the geographic area, must establish minimal proficiency in English. The English language requirement could be accomplished by one of the following: a) a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language - TOEFL of 550 (computer-based TOEFL of 213), or more; and b) a satisfactory completion of the University of La Verne English Proficiency Test (EPT and higher). c) International students (IELTS ) with F-1 or J-1 visas may apply to and attend only the main campus in La Verne, California. Transfer Credit Up to twelve semester hours of credit may be transferred from an accredited university or college to the University of La Verne s graduate degree program if: 1) the ability to write at an acceptable level for graduate study, 2) experience and interest in public and/or non-profit administration, and 3) how the La Verne MPA program compliments the student s interest in public service and public service values. Two positive letters of recommendation discussing academic and/or professional qualifications from work supervisors, college professors, and/or public service professionals A current résumé/curriculum vitae Internet access and an account The units are applicable to the University of La Verne MPA curriculum The units were acceptable as graduate degree coursework in the transferring school A grade of B or better was earned for the units The coursework was taken from an accredited institution within five years prior to transfer to the University of La Verne The units are approved by the MPA Chair upon admission 5
6 Registration University Policies, Fees, and Services Students register for classes through MyLaVerne a secure on-line link to student records at laverne.edu. Wilson Library The Elvin and Betty Wilson Library, La Verne s central library, contains over 193,000 volumes and 2,000 current journal subscriptions. Tables and individual carrels provide seating and study space. Microfilm and microfiche readers and video cassette players are available as well as coin-operated copy machines. Reference services are provided by the professional library staff. Access to library resources beyond Wilson Library is available by means of inter-library loan and reciprocal borrowing privileges at academic libraries in the area. The library is connected by computer to collections of college and university libraries across the nation. Financial Aid There are a variety of financial assistance programs available depending on the individual s financial situation and income level. Students who wish to receive financial aid for their education should begin the application process at the time they apply for admission to the University of La Verne. Admission to the University is required before the financial aid application can be reviewed. For more information on financial aid, please visit laverne.edu/financial-aid or call to speak with a financial aid advisor. Accreditation The University of La Verne is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Master of Public Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. Our Classes The College of Business and Public Management shares La Verne s tradition of, and commitment to, personalized academic attention. Our class sizes increase opportunities for student/faculty interaction, critical thinking, skill enhancement, and a collegial learning atmosphere among students. 6
7 Dean s Message Local government, governmental agencies, and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) are looking for Public Administration graduates who have an understanding of not only the role of the individual, of businesses, of local, state, and federal government, but also how they fit together to lead and institute change, and utilize technology to promote organizational objectives. In my role as Dean of the College of Business and Public Management, I am extremely proud of the academic quality of the University of La Verne Master of Public Administration program, and its ability to address the needs of local governments, preparing students for positions in local government and public service. Public service agencies seek individuals who have the ability to effectively solve problems and be innovative, possess good communication skills, demonstrate ethics, and embrace diversity. That is what our program addresses. The MPA offered by the University is designed to provide our students with a broad-based management education that emphasizes the application of theory to management practice, building the conceptual skills and core values needed to become effective leaders and managers in today s rapidly changing environment. Our program consists of nationally recruited faculty and, since 2000, our program has maintained national accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The MPA program is designed to meet the needs of the working professional as well as those who have limited work experience. Our evening class schedule is flexible enough to accommodate students with different needs and responsibilities. La Verne s legacy of close relationships and personalized education is a foundation on which we continue to build. Such personalization between faculty and students, and among the students themselves encapsulates the difference between us and other learning institutions. When you enroll in the MPA, you are embraced by an academic environment made up of a committed and well-trained faculty, a diverse community of scholars and learners, and access to a network of students and practitioners who hold public service positions throughout our communities. The academic quality of our programs, the convenience of our schedules, and most importantly, the commitment of our faculty and staff make our program one of the most sought after in Southern California. I hope you seriously consider the opportunity to earn your Master of Public Administration from the University of La Verne. It is an investment that will reward you for a lifetime. Full-Time Faculty Suzanne Beaumaster, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Public Administration, Chair, DPA Program Ph.D., Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Polytechnic and State University MPA, Northern Kentucky University BBA, Ohio University Marcia Godwin, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Public Administration Ph.D., Political Science, Claremont Graduate University MA, Public Policy, Claremont Graduate University MPA, California State University, Northridge BA, Political Science, California Polytechnic State University Soomi Lee, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Public Administration Ph.D., Economics and Political Science, Claremont Graduate University Kevin S. Marshall Associate Professor of Law Ph.D., University of Texas, Dallas J.D., Emory University School of Law MPA, University of Texas, Dallas BA, Knox College Jack W. Meek, Ph.D. Professor of Public Administration Chair, Master of Public Administration Program Ph.D. International Relations, Claremont Graduate University BA, History and Political Science, La Verne College Lisa M. Saye, DPA Assistant Professor of Public Administration DPA, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa MS, Human Resource Management, Troy State University, Montgomery, Alabama BS, Government, McNeese State University, Louisiana Keith Schildt, Ph.D. Professor of Public Administration Chair, Department of Public and Health Administration Ph.D., Northern Illinois University MPA, Northern Illinois University MA, Roosevelt University BA, Roosevelt University Adrian Marcelino Velazquez, Ph.D Ph.D, in Public Affairs, University of Texas at Dallas Master of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Dallas Baccalaureate in Law, Universidad de Guanajuato Matthew Witt, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Public Administration Chair, BPA Program Ph.D., Urban Studies, Portland State University BS, Psychology, Reed College, Portland Adjunct Faculty Marcus Castro, DPA Adjunct Professor of Public Administration DPA, University of La Verne Noel Hacegaba, DPA Adjunct Professor of Public Administration DPA, University of La Verne Steve Harding, MPA Adjunct Professor of Public Administration Urban Futures, Inc., MPA, Long Beach State University Philip A. Hawkey, J.D. Assistant Professor of Public Administration Executive Vice President, University of La Verne J.D., Cleveland State University MA, Ohio State University BA, Baldwin Wallace College Staff Claude Bahouth Program Coordinator/Advisor , X 4947 Abe Helou, Ph.D. Dean, College of Business and Public Management 7
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