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Career Strategies for Successful MPA Graduates

“Public service is a stimulating, proud, and lively enterprise. It is not just a way of life; it is a way to live fully.” Lee H. Hamilton, a former member of the United States House of Representatives who has served on several government advisory boards since the Johnson administration, said this of life as a [...]

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12 Books That Every Leader Should Read in 2017

In the modern business environment, the greatest leaders continually learn and reinvent themselves to adjust to change. As the marketplace develops, experts from various disciplines offer insights about the latest industry trends and reveal exciting successes and breakthroughs. As we apply lessons learned, some quickly become obsolete while others are “classic” solutions worth revisiting and [...]

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Social Equity in the United States

Sustainability initiatives improve economic health and citizens’ well-being. Among these efforts, legislators and community organizations work together to increase social equity so all who live here may have equal opportunity. However, to be sure, many individuals and leaders of minority communities can point to evidence that the U.S. is far from providing equality for all. [...]

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5 Ways Managers Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Today, competent administrators show sensitivity to individual needs by encouraging upward mobility among all staff members. These forward-thinking leaders understand how important it is for people to feel that they’re receiving fair treatment and equal access to opportunities while considering the dynamic forces that exist among employees. Evident sincerity in these matters is important, because [...]

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7 Traits of a Successful Non-profit Organization

Non-profit organizations collect almost two trillion dollars in annual donations. These entities provide services for people in need and some operate in a noteworthy fashion. The most successful institutions elect competent leadership, practice transparency and use technology to operate more efficiently. Non-profit Organizations in the United States The Internal Revenue Service recognizes 26 various non-profit [...]

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New Apps for Public Sector Professionals

As Cory Booker said, “When American citizens pull together, there is little we can’t accomplish.” What brings citizens together, fosters collaboration and enhances communication today more than technology? Public servants in every role can fulfill their functions more efficiently than ever before thanks to a slew of new applications developed specifically for public sector professionals. [...]

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The Corruption Challenge: A Response from Civic Leaders

There is a maxim often attributed to Winston Churchill, “If a man is not a socialist before he is 25, he has no heart. If a man is not a capitalist after he is 30, he has no brain.” This encapsulates the cynicism with which many people regard civic leadership. While few people are wholly [...]

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What is government’s role in advancing social justice?

Political news often highlights the progress our government makes in advancing social justice efforts. But social justice is not only the government’s responsibility. It’s a partnership of all of us who believe in progress and a mentality that change happens from the ground up. The more members of a community who are included in social [...]

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Strategies for Social Justice Activism

One could argue social justice is one of the founding principles of the United States, though our values have clearly evolved quite a bit since the early days. Fighting for social justice has been happening in various forms for a long time, and it continues to this day. Still, we have a ways to go. [...]

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5 Key Differences Between Organizations in the Public and Private Sectors

Public and private sectors have different goals, motives and processes. Find out 5 differences between public & private sectors.

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Millennials in the public sector: Why they’ll make all of us better

It really shouldn’t have, yet the 2008 presidential election took the political establishment by surprise. Among the many reasons for the shock was the unprecedented turnout of millennial voters to the polls, both in the primaries and the general election. This really should not have been unexpected. Soon-to-be-president Barack Obama made a strategic appeal to [...]

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An MPA or an MBA?

It can be difficult to decide between an MPA and an MBA and determine which is better for you. Both master’s degrees can open the door to new career opportunities. Both also can lead to management positions in the business world, but there are some key differences in their focus and scope. Here are a [...]

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Civic Leaders Think Big Picture

There’s no doubt that it takes specific skills and attributes to be a great civic leader. While some may run for public office to increase their standing in a community, the best civic leader is one who seeks to lead out of a desire to serve. These leaders possess certain mindsets that allow them to [...]

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The Role of Performance Measurement in Public Administration

In the mid-90s the US government embraced performance measurement. The National Performance Review, which later became the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, made the term “performance measurement” part of every public administrator’s vernacular. While performance measurement has its critics, the program brought many positive aspects to public administration including: Clearly Communicated Expectations With expectations outlined [...]

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Public Administration: The 4 Core Values

Public administrators must conduct themselves in a manner that shows the public that they are trustworthy. This means adhering to core values for the safety and good of the public. There are four core values established by the NASPAA: professional, democratic, ethical, and human. Take a closer look at what each of these public service [...]

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Interpersonal Communication for Public Administration Majors: 5 Benefits

Subscribers to Harvard Business Review rated the ability to communicate number one as the most important contributor in making someone promotable. They rated it above ambition, education, and hard work. Public administrators serve a variety of people and will often find themselves working in groups throughout their careers. In addition to coursework, a Public Administration [...]

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5 Tips on How to Find a Job With a Degree in Public Administration

Your public administration degree is a huge asset for many employers, but it won’t necessarily get your foot in the door. The public administration sector is always looking for qualified candidates, but you may have to follow a few employment pointers to land your ideal job. In order to help you get hired, here are [...]

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5 Interesting Facts About the History of Public Administration

Although you may not think it, public administration has been an active part of society since Alexander the Great ruled the Greek kingdom of Macedon. With a history that dates back all the way before Christ, there’s bound to be some pretty interesting public administration facts. With societal management in mind, here are five compelling [...]

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6 Prominent Hispanic Politicians in Congress

6 Prominent Hispanic Politicians in Congress America is a melting pot of immigrants from all over the world working hard to find success in this country. The U.S. Census Bureau states that as of July 1, 2015, people of Hispanic origin represent 17.6 percent of the U.S. population. The following six Hispanic Americans have made [...]

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Six Prominent Hispanic Political Figures Leading Our Communities

The United States is home to over 53 million Hispanic residents who comprise nearly 17 percent of the entire population. Hispanic political leaders hold 34 out of 435 Congressional seats and 4 out of 100 Senate seats and similar numbers of public sector leadership posts, a small yet growing number. Hispanic leaders are making inroads [...]

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3 Disruptive Advances in Public Management Information Systems

Management information systems are an integral part of public administration, allowing them to manage programs that serve citizens, increase accountability and transparency, and make important decisions that affect communities and citizens. These systems and the evolving technologies that enable them bring together society’s useful innovations and beneficial resources. Digital services that government organizations have launched [...]

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Public Finance and Recent Statistics

One critical responsibility assumed by public service leaders, managers, and administrators involves general mastery of economic principles so they may effectively oversee monetary policies and participate fully in the regulatory practices observed by governments and public officials. Public financial management is an area of specialization within public administration that involves assessing government revenues and expenditures [...]

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4 Organizational Structures in Public Administration

In government and public agencies, the organizational structure establishes the responsibilities, power and control assigned to each member of an organization. It also dictates relationships between employees who provide direct services, management and directors, which sets the tone for how work is conducted and goals are achieved. A generally strict assignment of roles is important [...]

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The Early History of Public Administration in the United States: Woodrow Wilson

Before serving as governor of New Jersey and eventually as the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson had a successful academic career as a professor of history and political science at Bryn Mawr College, Wesleyan University and Princeton. In 1887, he made a signature contribution to the field of public administration with his [...]

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5 Health Management Trends Impacting the US Health System

Population health is a relatively new concept, originating in the 1980s and gaining widespread attention in the early 2000s. Population health management involves using strategies and interventions of proactive and preventive medical care for populations in a specific geographic area or groups of individuals with certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes or cancer. The following [...]

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Defining Public Administration

Defining and Re-defining Public Management Woodrow Wilson first described public management as a distinct set of knowledge, abilities and skills in his 1887 article, “The Study of Administration.” In the 1980’s, an updated approach to public management emerged modeled after techniques current in the private sector. As bureaucracies grew and became more complex, new public [...]

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A Look at 7 New Influential Presidential Cabinet Members

Updated 8-4-17 A Look at 7 New Influential Presidential Cabinet Members The Cabinet of the United States consists of members of the executive branch who lead administrative departments and advise the president on many issues. Article II of the Constitution states the President may require opinions, in writing, on any subject related to each executive’s [...]

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5 of the Most Useful Web Databases for Public Administration Majors

Public administration majors study how policies and laws are created and enforced on a local, state, and federal level. This means that required class subjects include history, political science, sociology, and psychology. During your studies, web databases will be useful in giving you additional insights into your field. Here’s a list of the top five [...]

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3 Niche Social Networks Utilized by Public Administration Professionals

Social networks have made it possible for millions of people to connect and interact all over the world. While the best-known social media platforms get huge volumes of users, such as Facebook which has 1.94 billion users each month, other niche platforms also provide networking opportunities for civic-minded people. The following niche social networks are [...]

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3 Ways Social Media Is Challenging Public Officials

Three Ways Social Media Is Challenging Public Officials The private lives of public officials and celebrities have long been a point of curiosity for those people who have never lived in the public eye. Since the 15th century invention of the printing press, sensational news stories have traveled more quickly than by word of mouth. [...]

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What is E-Democracy?

What is E-Democracy? E-democracy represents the use of information technologies by government agencies as a way to promote democracy and transform relationships with constituents, businesses, nonprofit partners, and other government agencies. Employment of these technologies aids in empowering and engaging citizens through increased access to information and enabling more efficient government management. E-democracy differs from [...]

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4 Ways Open Government Has Impacted Public Administration

4 Ways “Open Government” has Impacted Public Administration What is meant by the term “Open Government”? Open government refers to the transparency with which a governing body makes data available for public use, reuse, and distribution. The government collects vast amounts of data through many avenues such as census figures, scientific research, health care statistics, [...]

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The Skills That Can Give You an Edge in Public Management

The Most Important Skill That Can Give You an Edge in Public Management A career in public administration requires a certain skill set that expands on what managers in the private sector require. Public managers deal with a multitude of people from different industries and backgrounds on a daily basis. In order to get ahead [...]

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4 Ways Social Media Has Benefited Public Administration

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, roughly 68 percent of American adults use social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter daily. The prevalence of social media can be seen in many aspects of American life, including government, politics, and public administration. In addition to the general [...]

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Emotional Intelligence and Leadership in Public Administration

Emotional intelligence refers to an innate ability to perceive one’s own emotions and the emotions of others. This understanding helps people manage feelings and act authentically and receptively in relationships and interpersonal communication. People with emotional intelligence are able to resist the urge to respond impulsively and insensitively during interactions with others. It requires a [...]

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Diverse Leadership of our U.S. Congress

Now that the U.S. has the most racially diverse Congress in history, take a look at how this diversity shows how a focus on developing public leadership skills can pay off.

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The Challenges of Implementing a Human Resource Program

Not all companies have a Human Resources (HR) department, at least not right away. Small businesses built from the ground up rely solely on the owner or manager to do all the hiring and training that the company requires. Having an HR program comes with certain challenges, but when it manages the challenges well, an [...]

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University of San Francisco Makes it to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The University of San Francisco once again made it to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2013. The honor roll is published annually by the Corporation for National and Community Service and is the highest federal recognition a university or college can receive for strengthening communities. The Honor Rolls recognized USF for [...]

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University of San Francisco Selected for Higher Education Civic Engagement Award

The University of San Francisco has been selected as one of the five universities in the nation as a 2012 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award recipient. The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars presents the award to recognize institutions that have achieved a high degree of civic engagement through sustained and transformative partnerships that [...]

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University of San Francisco Awards Prize for Service and the Common Good

In June of 2013, The University of San Francisco selected the San Francisco Free Clinic to receive the 2013 University of San Francisco California Prize for Service and the Common Good. The San Francisco Free Clinic provides free, accessible medical treatment to those without health insurance. Doctors Tricia and Richard Gibbs, founders of the clinic, [...]

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The Impact of Emerging Technology on Management and Public Administration

Many of the emerging technologies that influence public administration fall under the broad heading of IT (Information Technology). The term IT includes any technology, software, or hardware, used to transmit, store, and manipulate information in the form of data. Having a more efficient IT infrastructure equipped with new technologies allows public administration systems to get [...]

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6 Things You Need to Know About the “Father” of Public Administration

An Educated Politician Before Woodrow Wilson became president, he was a scholar of politics and history. To this day, he is the only U.S. President to have acquired a Ph.D. His knowledge led him to publish many important essays in Political Science Quarterly, including his most influential work, “The Study of Administration,” published in 1887. [...]

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4 Tips for Understanding and Creating Budgets

Establish Goals and Timeline Creating and sticking to a budget is a skill everyone should learn. But creating and adhering to a budget in a public policy context is very different from managing personal income and expenses. Organizational budgets serve as financial roadmaps, communication tools, and instruments by which to measure progress and ensure accountability. [...]

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6 Leadership Roles for the MPA

Obtaining an MPA degree is the ideal preparation for assuming a leadership role in today’s public and nonprofit sectors. MPA graduates are in demand in agencies and organizations that focus on topics as diverse as healthcare policy and international relations. Here are just six examples of leadership positions perfect for a qualified MPA graduate. City [...]

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How to Solve Complex Policy Decisions

When faced with complex public policy and management issues, it’s important to understand that not all problems and problem-solving strategies are the same. In the 1970s, researchers coined the term “wicked” to refer to the kinds of problems faced by public administrators, such as problems with multiple stakeholders, unclear parameters, variable constraints, limited resources, and [...]

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University of San Francisco – Number One in Diversity

In May of 2013, the University of San Francisco was recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as number one in diversity for a non-historically black college or university, for its high graduation rate for minority students, and its diverse student body. The student population is 40 percent minority, and the school graduates 74 percent [...]

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The Pursuit of Social Justice in Public Administration

The desire to effect change drives many individuals who pursue an MPA degree. The goal of many nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and government agencies is to address issues of injustice and inequality at local, national, and global levels. As leaders in public service, MPAs are uniquely prepared to pursue social justice throughout their careers. [...]

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4 Keys to Civic Leadership

The word “leadership” often conjures up images of corporate CEOs and first-place runners. However, in a public policy and management context, leadership is about creating systems and structures that empower others and solve problems that may not be glamorous or high-profile, but make a significant difference in the quality of life of the people and [...]

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4 Tips for Making Important Decisions

Studies show that the average adult makes about 35,000 decisions every day. Many of these decisions are of little consequence, but when your decisions impact the people around you and the broader community, making the right ones is imperative. The following four tips will help you feel confident that you’re making the right decisions. Research and [...]

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5 Tips for Staying on Message

It sounds easy enough — you’ve a got a message to communicate, and an interview scheduled to do just that. What if you find yourself in front of the public unable to answer their questions, or you’re just having a hard time staying focused? These five tips will help you stay on message when the [...]

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Ethical Responsibility and Public Leadership

Ethical responsibility and public leadership are two of the cornerstones of public administration. Generally, these qualities work hand in hand, but on occasion these terms seem to be at odds with one another. Learn more about these two important elements of public administration. What Do These Terms Really Mean? Ethical responsibility is one’s duty to take [...]

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Gaining Inspiration in Civic Leadership

Civic leadership is vital for ensuring society progresses toward equality for all. Change is never easy, and working in civic leadership can be thankless at times. However, the achievements of the four important civic leaders mentioned below should serve as inspiration for anyone looking to pursue a career in this field. Martin Luther King Jr.: [...]

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Today’s Concerns for the American Public

As the presidential campaign season heats up in the United States, candidates, pollsters, and others in public administration are working hard to determine which issues Americans are most concerned about. While data can change quickly in response to current events, overall trends point to a renewed focus on domestic issues, even as concerns over global issues become [...]

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The Importance of Public Engagement

Broadly speaking, public engagement is an aggregate reading of the population’s views and attitudes on a given issue. A range of factors affect it, from demographics like income, race, age, gender, and level of education, to external influences like the media and voices of cultural and political leaders. While strong leaders play a role in [...]

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5 Great Places for Government Jobs Outside Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is a great place to visit, but are you sure you want to live in that area? Many people looking for government jobs in the U.S. assume that a move to the nation’s capital will eventually be in the cards, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Many important government agencies are [...]

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What Does “Public Interest” Mean for Public Administration Majors?

When you look at the code of ethics of the ASPA (American Society for Public Administration), the first thing that it says is to always advance the public interest, but what exactly does that mean? Why is it important? More importantly, how can you as an MPA student act in the public interest? The following [...]

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How to Score Your Dream Government Internship

As a student of Public Administration, you probably dream of working in a job that will allow you to contribute to society in a meaningful way. Working in the public sector is a great way to realize that goal. However, landing these types of jobs can be difficult without any work experience, and internships provide [...]

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4 Surprising Celebrities with a Masters in Public Administration

It’s easy to forget that the people we see on television were once faced with questions like “What major should I choose?” and “Should I go to grad school?” These famous folk chose to change the world by pursuing a master’s degree in public administration. Ashley Judd Backs up Celebrity Activism with a Degree from [...]

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4 Reasons the Gender Equality in Public Administration Movement Matters

Since the formal launch of the United Nations Development Program’s “Gender Equality in Public Administration” report in June of this year, increased attention, activism, and interest has been given to addressing gender equality in public administration. The report includes research about equality, and proposes policy and programming recommendations to advance women’s equal participation in public [...]

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Four Reasons to Work for the Government

As a public administration graduate, you leave college with a vast amount of knowledge. The information that you have learned makes you extremely versatile in the workplace and allows you to pursue many different career paths in both public and private sectors. There is an expected increase in government work for those with public administration [...]

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6 Reasons to Take a Non-Profit Job

Working for a non-profit organization is an attractive career option for those who are passionate about making a meaningful impact on the world. Many people gravitate toward this type of work because it provides a more fulfilling and satisfying option than working for corporate America. However, there are other factors that make non-profit jobs an [...]

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4 Public Administration Careers That Earn the Big Bucks

Once you graduate with a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA), you can look forward to many high-paying job opportunities, ranging from city government to non-profit agencies. According to Payscale.com, the following four Public Administrative Jobs earn the biggest bucks. 1. City Manager As a City Manager, your job will be very similar to that of [...]

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5 Private Companies that Need MPA Grads

Maybe an MPA student’s coursework sounds interesting to you, but a career in government service is less appealing. Don’t drop that program brochure just yet. There are many job options for a highly qualified MPA, and not all of them involve government offices. Here are some private business interests that seek out graduates with an [...]

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Discover Why a Civil Society Matters

Civic leaders drive initiatives that promote a better quality of life for every person living in a community. Their goals are certainly noble, but it’s easy to take their efforts for granted. Discover why civic leadership is so important and why it matters to people today. There’s a World Without Civic Leadership Image via Flickr by dhendrix73 [...]

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The Importance of a Strong Mission Statement in Public Administration

In the world of business, a strong mission statement helps define the reason the company exists, and all goals and objectives should organically grow from that statement. The same holds true for those who labor in the field of public administration. A strong mission statement is critical to its success just as in any other [...]

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The Keys to Analyzing Any Organization

Students pursuing their MPA degrees often plan to work for the government; however, there are many companies in the private sector that are looking to hire graduates with these degrees. Everyone from Wal-Mart to DreamWorks need MPA grads to help analyze their processes and structures. As a result, being able to analyze an organization is [...]

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6 “Ideas Worth Spreading” on Global Leadership

About 76 percent of senior executives believe their organizations need global leadership that will lead them to greater success around the world. Unfortunately, only about 7 percent of those executives think their organizations are very effective at global leadership. That’s a huge gap that companies need to fill if they want to keep expanding across [...]

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Public Sector vs. Private Sector Budgeting

Budgeting for the public sector is fundamentally different from budgeting in the private sector. They differ in their purpose, their processes, and their accounting methods. If you’re a prospective financial manager, or if you want to make the challenging transition between these two worlds, then it’s important that you understand the differences of these two [...]

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How Social Issues Have Set the Political World on Fire

Social issues have long been intertwined with political action. Passionate arguments exist on both sides on today’s most contentious issues. There is very little middle ground in our opinions as a society as we work to do the right thing for the right reasons. Professor Larry Brewster at the University of San Francisco wrote on [...]

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Racing Toward Justice: The Importance of Social Issues

Here in the United States, social activism has made an indelible mark on our country. It is part of our nation’s groundwork to afford rights to persons who have been marginalized by race, gender, or other human characteristics. There have been several social movements that have facilitated justice. Struggling for equality and social justice is [...]

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Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg Honored as a White House Champion of Change

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Assistant Professor in the Politics department at the University of San Francisco, was honored by the White House on January 30th, 2012, as a Champion of Change. The Champions of Change is a presidential initiative that honors and promotes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional innovative practices, achievements, and leadership to bring change [...]

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The University of San Francisco Continues to Climb the Rankings

2013 has been a good year for USF recognition. U.S. News and World Report ranked USF in the top 10% of National Universities. The Princeton Review has named USF a Best Western School, and Washington Monthly, which evaluates colleges based on their contributions to social mobility, research, and service to the common good, has recognized [...]

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