The School is currently undertaking a number of initiatives in order to expand the educational choices as well as professional development opportunities to students seeking entry to upper-level careers in public, nonprofit, and health care sectors. The School deeply appreciates financial supports for the following initiatives.
- Program Development Supports: Given the growing demand and the current trend in expanding interdisciplinary professional education in public administration, the School conducts continuous self-assessment and review of its undergraduate and graduate programs in order to make them more current, relevant, and flexible. Financial supports can help program development, instruction, and recruitment and outreach.
- Merit and Needs-based Scholarships: Scholarships are the vehicles to attract highly-promising and motivated students especially from traditionally underrepresented groups and areas. There is a need to deepen and expand the existing level of support in which various MPA scholarships ($4000-$6,000 each) have been the norm. The University policy states that gifts of $10,000 can secure a named scholarship whereas a gift of $30,000 can secure an endowed scholarship.
- Support for Professional Engagement: There is a demonstrated need to advance the School’s commitment to learning through professional engagement among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the larger community. Continuing support is needed for the SPAA Public Service Engagement Series hosted with highly accomplished speakers on a monthly basis. There is also a need to broaden opportunities for students and faculty to remain active at local, regional, national, and international conferences.
- Endowed Professorships: The shrinking base of state support and declining enrollment in public higher education have adversely impacted the resources available to faculty for research focused on advancing theoretical knowledge and application of best-practices. The support of this nature can help enable professors pursue their passion for research that contributes to developments in the field of public administration, with an elevated profile and recognition for the SPAA and its programs as well as the University.