Tuition Changes and New Benefits

Tuition changes and new benefits for MPA students are on the way.

Tuition Changes

  • On June 27th, the CUNY Board of Trustees passed a 15% tuition increase this June for all CUNY MPA programs effective Fall 2011. See the related article in this issue that provides questions and answers about the Differential Tuition
  • Tuition relief will be available in the form of special scholarships.  File a free financial aid form immediately to establish eligibility for a scholarship.  The FAFSA application is available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/#

Immediate benefits for MPA students:

  • No textbook purchases will be needed for many MPA courses

Future benefits for MPA students:

  • Improved  career services
  • Enhancement  of  academic advisement services

Northeast Public Administration Conference at JJC in October

BUILDING TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN PUBLIC SERVICE

The 2011 Conference of the Northeast Association for Public Administration will take place on  Friday, October 28 and Saturday October 29, 2011 at John Jay College – in our new building. The program Chair is JJCCJ Professor Jeanne-Marie Col.


 

Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting

The educational goal of the Advanced Certificate program is to prepare students for professional careers in accounting with special focus on the investigation of fraud. The curriculum is designed to meet the content standards of the Association of Inspectors General and the coursework requirements of CPA 150.

Admissions and Curriculum Summary

The Advanced Certificate Program is articulated with the Inspector General track of the Master of Public Administration program. The following is a summary of the curriculum and requirements:

  • To be admitted to the Advanced Certificate Program, students must have completed 15 credits of coursework in the MPA Program with an average of 3.2 or better.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting or the equivalent from an accredited college or university, including 24 undergraduate credits in accounting and 18 undergraduate credits in general business electives.
  • Within the Certificate program, 4 courses are required that focus on accounting with an emphasis of forensic accounting aspects of professional practice.
  • Two of the above courses from the certificate program may be transferred to satisfy requirements in the Inspector General track of the Master of Public Administration Program.
  • Students must complete the Fiscal Policy Analysis and Oversight Concentration of the MPA Program including several courses that are pre-requisites or co-requisites to the certificate program.
  • Each student who is admitted to the Advanced Certificate Program must provide an Official Program of Study, signed by the MPA Inspector General Program Director, the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting Director, and the Director of Graduate Admissions, specifying the student’s program requirements, and specifying how the student’s course of study satisfies the CPA 150 requirements.

Students completing the Advanced Certificate program will have achieved, based on required certificate courses along with required prerequisite and co-requisite courses, the required accounting academic qualifications for admission to the CPA examinations in New York State.

PAD 754: Investigative Techniques

Course Description

Focuses on the discovery and documentation of corrupt practices in politics and administration. Provides an overview of the public employee’s obligations and rights and of the laws and regulations governing criminal investigations. Illustrates themes with case studies of white-collar crimes and scandals involving public officials.

Credits: 3

Course Leadership

  • Course Coordinator: Eugene O’Neill
  • Online Education Resource Status:

Learning Goals

7.4 Investigation and Operational Inspection: Students will understand how to investigate criminal and managerial fraud, waste, abuse and corruption

Course Embedded General Advising

Course Embedded Career Advising

Topical coverage expectations – what topics the course is expected to cover

Key capstone project skills to be covered

Textbooks available based on the MPA loaner textbook program

  • Bazley:  Investigating White Collar Crime
  • Anechiarico:  The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity

Open Educational Resources by Topics to be Covered

 

PAD 700 Public Adminstration

PAD 700: Public Administration

Course Description

Examines the field of public administration. Defines the scope and content of public administration and the relationship of public administration to other disciplines. Provides political, economic, cultural, and historical perspectives on the field and introduces current issues facing the profession. Sets forth the literature of the field and the inventory of skills that students must master in order to complete the MPA in Public Policy and Administration Program and the MPA in Inspection and Oversight Program.

Credits: 3

Course Leadership

Course Coordinator: Judy-Lynne Peters

Online Education Resource Status: OER

Learning Goals

1.1Students will acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies of leadership and management in public governance.

3.1 Students will demonstrate reading, writing and analytical skills necessary for management & policy decision-making.

4.1 Students will understand how the public service values such as ethical behavior, diversity, equity, integrity,  efficiency, effectiveness and professionalism shape the formulation and implementation of public policy.

Course Embedded General Advising

Course Embedded Career Advising

Topical coverage expectations – what topics the course is expected to cover

 Brief Orientation to theProgram

  • Orientation to the MPA Program
  • The Program Reading List
  • Term Papers in the Public Administration Program — Expectations
  • The Field of Public Administration
  • Historical Overview
  • Governmental Institutions in a Political Context
  • The Profession of Public Administration
  • International and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • The Future of Public Administration
  • Concepts and Issues
  • Organizational Structure
  • Laws, Policies, Rules, and the Exercise of Discretion
  • Human Resources and Personnel Management
  • Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
  • Financial Management and the Budgetary Process
  • Management Processes — Leadership, Communication, Decisionmaking and Control
  • Accountability and Ethics
  • Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • Regulation and Administrative Law
  • Emerging Issues

Key capstone project skills to be covered

  • Develop a literature review in proper citation format providing an analytical assessment of research findings on a topic.
  • Write a memorandum
  • Understand plagiarism, including how to submit a written essay to Turnitin.

Textbooks available based on the MPA loaner textbook program

Johnson:  Public Administration Partnerships in Public Service

Open Educational Resources by Topics to be Covered

PAD 771 Capstone Seminar

PAD 771: Capstone Seminar

Course Description

Requires students to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained during their MPA graduate study to a semester-long project chosen by the student in consultation with the faculty member directing the seminar.

Course Leadership

  • Course Coordinator: Ned Benton
  • Online Education Resource Status: OER

Learning Goals

  • 1.2 Students will understand the core functions, issues, and theories of human resources management.
  • 1.3 Students will understand the major theories of organizational structure and organizational behavior.
  • 2.1 Students will demonstrate how political context influences policy analysis and apply various models to the policy process.
  • 2.3 Students will conduct a research or policy analysis project that makes appropriate use of empirical research tools.
  • 3.1 Students will demonstrate reading, writing and analytical skills necessary for management & policy decision-making.
  • 4.1 Students will understand how the public service values such as ethical behavior, diversity, equity, integrity,  efficiency, effectiveness and professionalism shape the formulation and implementation of public policy.

Course Embedded General Advising

Course Embedded Career Advising

Topical coverage expectations – what topics the course is expected to cover

  • Introduction
    • Identify the action-forcing event.
    • Identify the policy question asked by the official you are working for
  • Assessment of the Problem
    • Provide an historical background and timeline.
    • Define the policy problem.
  • Literature Review
    • Complete a literature review that includes scholarly articles, professional and best-practice reports and articles, and reports and articles about how the policy and problem has been managed in other jurisdictions.
  • Stakeholder Analysis
    • Develop an environmental scan table that identifies 4-5 people who are official decision makers, experts and advocates. These are people whose views should be considered by your client.
    • Include at least one stakeholder representing the public interest.
  • Options Specification
    • Identify the policy strategies and options to be assessed.
    • Develop an options specification table.
  • Options Analysis
    • Explain the analysis to be conducted.
    • Collect the information or data.
    • Identify legal, ethical, operational and financial constraints that limit strategies and options.
    • Identify legal, ethical, operational or financial implications of your recommendation.
    • Present and explain the results of your analysis in an options analysis table.
    • Include at least the following criteria:  public interest, ethical compliance, political feasibility, administrative feasibility, financial feasibility, equity, and effectiveness.
  •  Recommendation
    • Recommend, based on the analysis, a policy strategy or option.
    • Identify arguments for and against the policy strategy or option advocated.
    • Defend the policy strategy or option advocated.
  •  First Draft Review and Editing
  •  Turnitin Submission
  •  Executive Summary
  •  Presentation Slides
  •  Project Submission

Key capstone project skills to be covered

  • The Capstone Project: The Capstone Project is a structured analysis of policy or program performance that includes most of the above types of quantitative and qualitative analysis and writing. The project is blind-graded by a panel of faculty members.

Textbooks available based on the MPA loaner textbook program

  • Bardach: A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis

Open Educational Resources by Topics to be Covered