Online, Statewide, and Education Innovation2021-2022
Public Administration and Justice Studies
Applied Science - Public Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science
Learning OutcomesPurpose Statement
The mission of the Public Administration and Justice Studies program is to prepare students to become effective and ethical managers in a variety of public service fields. As with other degrees in the Public Administration and Justice Studies program, the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree focuses on experiential learning that links theory to issues that students are likely to encounter in the workplace. The BAS degree is intended for students who have completed an associates degree (or will have completed an associates degree by the time they are graduating with their BAS degree) and allows those students to transfer in courses from their associates degree program. Coursework in the BAS degree is designed to allow the student to acquire a general knowledge of management, organizational, and policy issues while advancing professional communication, computer, and quantitative skills.
Faculty in the Public Administration and Justice Studies program are experienced practitioners who promote rigorous academic standards and high expectations for student achievement. Rather than teaching students what to think, faculty focus on developing analytical skills in course structures that allow students to be active participants in the education process. The core courses in the BAS degree focus on ethics, leadership and management, personnel administration, budgeting, public policy formation, organizational theory, research methods, and written communication skills. Courses offer theoretical perspectives as a foundation from which students can analyze and apply ideas to real-world situations.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in public, non-profit, and private sector organizations; the degree also serves as a platform for students who wish to pursue graduate degrees. For those students already working in the field, the BAS degree expands knowledge and skills, and allows for advancement in their careers. Graduates of the Public Administration and Justice Studies program will have developed abilities to be dynamic and ethical leaders who are prepared to face the challenges of rapidly changing organizational environments. Above all, they will be committed to effectively and competently serving the public good.
Student Learning Outcomes
Understand the importance of leadership in public sector organizations, and have the ability and knowledge to demonstrate and practice leadership concepts and skills learned in the Public Administration program throughout their careers.
- Incorporate and demonstrate an understanding of leadership concepts
- Demonstrate an understanding of how leadership concepts and models can be translated into tangible leadership skills that can be utilized in actual situations
- Demonstrate an understanding of the issues involved in ethical dilemmas faced by public administrators
- Identify professional standards of conduct to which public administrator practitioners should subscribe
- Link theoretical propositions and concepts in course readings to the analysis of problems or situation
- Demonstrate an understanding of the stages of the public sector budget process
- Demonstrate an understanding of how public budgeting differs at the various levels of government (national, state and local)
- Create papers that have a clear organization and expression of ideas
- Create papers that identify course readings and/or outside sources and relate analysis to these course readings
- Write in a clear, concise, coherent and correct manner
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