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MPA Program Learning Objectives

Villanova University core values are Veritas (Truth), Unitas (Unity), and Caritas (Charity). Our program mission is to offer graduates the knowledge of values, roles, skills, and practices that will help them become competent professionals capable of ethical, intelligent, inclusive, and creative leadership in public service.

The public service values reflected in our mission include: 1) ethical action upholding the public trust; 2) a sense of community and the common good; and 3) transparency and accountability in public administration.  With these as our guideposts, we define the learning objectives for the NASPAA universal competencies as delineated below.

Learning Objectives

a) Implements leadership and management principles in support of an organization’s mission, service demand, and decision making. (Truth)

b) Applies leadership and management theory and practice to support collaboration between public, private, and/or nonprofit sectors and the general public for achieving measurable outcomes. (Unity)

c) Prioritizes the importance of adhering to the organization’s mission, vision, and values and exhibiting care for those providing or receiving services. (Charity)

Learning Objectives

a) Demonstrates the ability to formulate proposals at the operational, organizational, and/or societal levels engaging stakeholders to:

1.      advance the common good

2.      promote social equity (Truth, Unity, & Charity)

b) Offers information and proposals that are inclusive of community interests, especially minorities and vulnerable populations, and utilizes a variety of practices to encourage participation in the policy process. (Unity)

Learning Objectives

a) Uses qualitative and/or quantitative methods to evaluate and/or assess relevant data, form balanced recommendations, and communicate results effectively for different audiences and purposes. (Truth & Unity)

b) Demonstrates knowledge of public administration scholarship and best practices in decision-making. (Truth)

c) Demonstrates when and why one might include impacted stakeholders in a decision making process. (Charity)

Learning Objectives

a) Understands work in public service as an opportunity to give back to the community through thoughtful deliberations informed by knowledge and practice. (Truth & Charity)

b) Demonstrates an appreciation for the valuable contributions staff and stakeholders make to the organization as evidence of their public service motivation.(Unity)

Learning Objectives

a) Demonstrates understanding for the importance of community and organizational diversity in leadership practices, and promotes culturally competent policies and decisions in public service delivery. (Truth)

b) Recognizes demographic trends in an effort to build effective working relationships with a diverse citizenry, employees, and community stakeholders. (Unity & Charity)

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