Advisement Improvements Coming

The Department of Public Management has launched a new initiative – partially funded by the Differential Tuition  – that will offer expanded advisement services. Professors Jeanne Marie Col,  William Pammer and Judy-Lynne Peters have been appointed as faculty advisors. Professor Peters will also continue in her capacity as Coordinator of the MPAQE. Diana Neff will serve as the advisor to students in the West Point and MPA-OIG Programs. The Department will also add a career advisor in December.

The faculty advisors will be available by appointment to meet with students in need of academic advisement. Marie Foster and Deborah Washington, MPA students, will also be available to answer student questions, direct students to the appropriate advisor and help troubleshoot minor problems, including helping students to develop program completion plans and selecting appropriate courses; advising students about the availability of specializations; coordinating with the career advisors to provide students with information on career and internship opportunities; and managing the MPA Student Center on Blackboard to update the site and address student questions.

Next week we will be circulating a survey of MPA students to identify advising needs.  Your input will help the advisement program to determine the best way to address your issues.

Visiting Inspectors General from Senegal and Angola

Mr. Luvinda Jeronimo, Counsel, Inspector General of Angola, Madame Ndour Nafy Ngom, Auditor General of Senegal and Chair of the African Panel of State Inspectors General, and Mr. Abdou Karim Gueye, Inspector General and Chief of Research and Cooperatve Studies for the OIG of Senegal, and Executive Secretary of the Forum of African State Inspectors General

Inspectors General from Senegal and Angola are in residence at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the Fall 2011 semester. In a collaborative project with the Association of Inspectors General, and in particular with the New York/New Jersey Chapter of the Association, the IGs will be completing a survey of organizational structures, staffing, standards and practices in the African nations that are members of the  African Panel of State Inspectors General.

$129,765 in Differential Tuition Scholarships for MPA Students

The new MPA Differential Tuition has raised $313,739 in new revenues to be invested in improvements in the MPA Program.

Joel Gokool – “I found the tuition to be high, but it balanced out with the “free” text books and other free services”.

The first improvement is 3 new scholarship programs, using Differential Tuition funds. A total of $129,765 in scholarships were allocated for the Fall semester for students who met the following criteria

  • Academic Merit Scholarship: The student must have, at the time of eligibility determination, a graduate or undergraduate GPA (in the case of newly admitted applicants) of 3.25 or above. The student must also have an unmet financial aid need as defined through the Federal student financial aid form (FAFSA) and process.
  • Military Service Scholarship: The student is receiving tuition benefits or assistance based on current or prior military service and the differential tuition increment is not covered by the assistance involved.
  • Public Service Scholarship: The student has completed an application and an MPA Director or designee has determined that the student has a record of public service in one or more categories including the following: volunteer and career uniformed service, public and independent sector employment, public service internship, student council or student activities service, college employment in temporary service (including work-study service). A student may also qualify based on a prospective commitment to a special public service activity completed with the JJCCJ Office of Community Outreach. The student must also have an unmet financial aid need as defined through the Federal student financial aid form (FAFSA) and process. In exceptional circumstances the MPA Directors may approve eligibility without a FAFSA determination.

The same eligibility rules will apply for the Spring semester, and anyone who qualified in the Fall will be automatically eligible for Spring.

Report on Association of Inspectors General 2011 Fall Conference

On October 12 to 14th, the Association of Inspectors General celebrated its 15th anniversary and held its annual fall conference in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. The Association’s  Washington, D.C. Chapter put on quite a show for the more than 170 attendees under the leadership of chapter president Christa Phillips, Inspector General of the Baltimore Housing Authority, and June Jennings, Inspector General of the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Williamsburg was chosen to host the conference, in part, because this year the Virginia State Legislature voted to create a new State Office of Inspector General. The conference’s first panel included two members of the Virginia House of Delegates, who explained their bi-partisan efforts to create the new IG office. The message was clear – ensuring integrity and accountability in government transcends partisan politics!

MPA Students Receive Free Textbooks

The MPA program is using  more than $90,000 from the Differential Tuition to purchase textbooks for the following MPA courses: PAD 700, 702, 705, 715, 740, 739, 743,  749, 758 and 771.  This is one way that we are offsetting some of the additional cost of the increased tuition being paid by MPA students.

The following books have been purchased:

  • PAD 700: Shafritz, Russell and Borick: Introducing Public Administration 7th Edition (Longman ISBN-13:  9780205780501)
  • PAD 702: Evan M. Berman, James S. Bowman, Jonathan P. West Human resource management in public service: paradoxes, processes, and problems (SAGE Publications, Inc  ISBN: 9781412967433)
  • PAD 705:  Tompkins: Organizational Theory and Public Management (Cengage Learning ISBN-13: 9780534174682)
  • PAD 715: Approaches to Social Research, 5th edition.  Royce Singleton and Bruce Straits 2010. Oxford Press.
  • PAD 740 and 749:  Albrecht et al, Fraud Examination (Cengage Learning ISBN-13: 9780324560848)
  • PAD 739 and PAD 758 and 771:  Bardach, Eugene. 2009. A Practical Guide to Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving (3rd Edition).   New York/London: Chatham House Publishers, Seven Bridges Press, LLC; ISBN 978-0-87289-952-0
  • PAD 743: Mikesell, Fiscal Administration; Analysis and Applications for the Public Sector (Wadsworth ISBN13: 9780495795827 ISBN: 049579582)

These books are available to MPA students, free of charge, for  use during the semester in which they are enrolled in these courses.  For campus-based students, the books are distributed by the JJCCJ Library.  West Point and National Online students have received separate instructions. Books must be returned at the end of the semester – before December 22 – and  normal Library rules  apply for lateness and lost or damaged books. These books must be treated as other library books – no markings and consideration given to the next student who will check out the book. Students still have the option to purchase these books from the John Jay Bookstore or from any other source .

Assefa Shimles – Oh Wow! Free text books is a wonderful idea. If they need me to vote for it again, I will.”

Only MPA students can borrow these books. The Library has a list of MPA students to check against. Students from other programs taking MPA courses are not eligible because they are not paying the Differential Tuition that funds the project.


John Jay College’s Public Management Department hosts NECoPA

The second annual Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA) was held at John Jay College on October 28-29, 2011.  More than 200 scholars, practitioners and students from the U.S. northeast gathered to discuss “Building Trust and Confidence in the Public Service”.

Panels focused on issues such as financial management in American states, anti-terrorism strategies since 9/11, social equity challenges for urban youth, critical incident analysis, participation of women in public service, inspection and oversight in Africa, IT strategies for citizen engagement, “sustainable” public administration, teaching leadership for public service, emergency management, human resources management issues in the 21st Century, and mechanisms for transparency, accountability and public participation. One panel reported on experimental research on performance reporting from the CivicPanel Project.

The conference also offered several workshops designed for students and young professionals: strategic management, talent management, project management, working in consulting companies and getting federal jobs.