The MPA Toolkit

The MPA Toolkit courses below were developed to help prepare pre and in-service leaders, managers and policy analysts with practical skills and knowledge for effective public administration. These special summer offerings help prepare innovative leaders for the public sector.

Grant Writing – Anne Lezak – 1cr CRN: 60843
DATES: May 19 – June 13, 2014 – On-campus
Class meets: T 5/20 9:30 – 3:00pm, T 5/27 9:30 – 12:00pm, T 6/3 9:30 – 12:00pm, T 6/10 9:30 – 3:00pm
This one credit course provides concrete, practical guidance for preparing successful grant proposals. Participants will learn how to organize proposals, find and use pertinent facts and data, and build compelling cases to effectively sell your proposal. We will discuss strategies to fully meet common proposal requirements, the importance of appearance, and address the key areas of budgets and evaluate Students will learn how to avoid common errors that keep many proposals from being funded. Students will also learn how to search for relevant grant opportunities.

Serving Culturally Diverse Populations: Introduction to Issues of Culturally Aware Practice – Sherwood Smith – 1cr CRN:60844
Dates: May 19 – June 13, 2014 On-Line
This one credit course combines an overview of the literature with analysis of actual cases and examination of the personal practice to introduce participants to issues of diversity for presentation leaders. The instructor brings his professional experience as facilitator, trainer and faculty member to help students understand how issues of culture and social justice interact with any workshop or instructional curriculum through our pedagogy. Students will gain knowledge of resources for future learning and enrich their understanding of issues relating to culture, identity, power, and equity.

Performance Indicators – Erin Roche- 1 cr CRN: 60885
DATES: June 16 – July 11, 2014 Hybrid
On campus Monday’s 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on
6/16, 6/23, 6/30, the remainder of the class is online.
Students who complete this 1 credit class will develop the ability to take an articulated goal and determine appropriate measures of progress toward that goal and communicate those measures to a lay audience. In addition, students will apply what they learned to measure performance on an indicator of their choosing.

Project Management – Jean Kissner – 1cr – CRN: 60913
DATES: July 14 – August 8, 2014 On-line
This 1 credit class will cover the basic knowledge areas of Project Management – Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling and Closing. In addition, some of the “soft skills” to successfully run projects within a cross functional team or across organization will be discussed. A real life project will be used as a case study to work through project concepts.

Nonprofit Marketing – Kate Finley Woodruff – 1cr – CRN: 60862
Dates: July 14 – August 8, 2014 On-Line
This course will identify various marketing considerations for non-profit organizations. Students will have the opportunity to develop marketing strategies for an existing of future non-profit organization, with emphasis on target marketing and audience identification, messaging and branding, promotions and special events, community partnership, and measuring results.

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