Program Objectives

Program Objectives

Program Goals:

• Educate students to be compassionate and effective leaders who humanely manage public organizations
• Prepare students to initiate and facilitate interactions between government, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors to provide ethical and workable solutions to societal needs
• Create a collaborative environment of excellence in instruction, research, and service
• Translate research into effective practices and achievable, humane policies
• Prepare students to determine, collect, and analyze the evidence appropriate and essential for implementing public service strategies

Program Learning Outcomes:

• Demonstrate leadership behavior through the application of organizational and managerial theories
• Identify effective leadership in practice
• Identify and discuss the role of public leaders in recognizing and instituting the principles of democratic governance in public organizations and community-based initiatives
• Identify and describe differences between the vision, values, and goals of factors in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors; discuss practical and ethical implications of these differences for public leadership; and discuss the disparate impacts for the most vulnerable among us
• Demonstrate the ability to correctly and effectively recognize changes in workforce and community populations; determine appropriate communication modes and content
• Describe superior performance of a diverse workforce and its contribution to managerial action and institutional supports
• Assess and modify public service, based on cultural competency and citizen feedback
• Identify challenges and issues in the U.S. health care sector in specific areas of policy, its contemporary legal framework and management; describe/develop operational responses and managerial adaptations
• Determine, collect, and articulate the interests of diverse voices of a community, especially the most vulnerable among us
• Develop and apply the critical and analytical thinking skills necessary for effective, informed, and balanced policy analysis
• Accurately interpret and communicate analytic research and policy implications to stakeholders
• Demonstrate essential analytic skills (qualitative and quantitative)
• Develop and present informed and balanced results
• Report findings and interpret research in recognition of, and with respect for, diverse cultural and historical perspectives; correctly identify limitations and constraints; effectively communicate with elected officials, administrators, issue advocates, and the population at large

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