NYU Wagner Public Service Curriculum Project
… see also Atlas Core Curriculum Project
An analysis of the public administration, public policy, and public service curricula led by Professor Paul Light
A fascinating new project led by NYU’s Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service, Paul C. Light, has as its objective:
“to produce a comprehensive analysis of the public administration, public policy, and public service curricula currently used by the top 32 schools of public service education, as rated by U.S. News & World Report. The Project will utilize machine learning and other advanced analytical tools to develop and validate the core characteristics of the top public service graduate programs, while exploring variations across the characteristics based on faculty expertise, curricular pillars, learning platforms, degree programs, and student post-graduate employment preferences …”
[communication from the author]
Professor Light has enlisted the Atlas co-editors to share our perspectives and data from the Atlas of Public Management. This page provides links to some of the most relevant Atlas pages and will be available to the NYU Wagner Public Service Curriculum Project for posting any material that the project managers wish to share with Atlas readers.
Atlas pages on the 32 schools
The 32 schools being examined by the project are those ranked in 2019 as Best Public Affairs Programs by U.S. News and World Report (at https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-public-affairs-schools/public-affairs-rankings, accessed 27 February 2020). They are listed with their Atlas page links in Table 1. Most of the Atlas pages were created in 2015 and some are on the “old Atlas.” The material on the table below can be found on Programs Page with Links to Old Atlas.
Table 1. Top 30 from U.S. News and World Report’s
ranking of Best Public Affairs Programs
|Indiana SPEA – Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, MPA [Online Syllabi]||Chicago Harris – University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, MPP||Columbia SIPA – Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, MPA, MIA
Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies [no Atlas page but see https://aysps.gsu.edu/program/public-policy-m-p-p/ and https://aysps.gsu.edu/program/public-administration-mpa/]
University of Kentucky, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration [no Atlas page but see https://martin.uky.edu/master-public-administration-mpa and https://martin.uky.edu/master-public-policy]
University of Nebraska-Omaha, School of Public Administration [no Atlas page but see https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-public-affairs-and-community-service/public-administration/academics/mpa.php]
Work at The Volcker Alliance
The Volcker Alliance (see https://www.volckeralliance.org/) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded by Paul A. Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve. In 2018 it published Preparing Tomorrow’s Public Service – What the Next Generation Needs. An analysis of how the specific skills identified in this report compare with typologies of skills and knowledge derived from MPP/MPA curricula and from government standards can be found at Volcker Alliance Next Generation Skills – Academic and Professional Context.
Other work on the curricular content of MPP and MPA programs
A complete list of journal articles, working papers, and conference presentations drawing on Atlas-related research can be found at Publications and Presentations, the two most recent are:
Leslie A. Pal and Ian D. Clark (2016), Teaching public policy: Global convergence or difference?, Policy and Society, Volume 35, Issue 4, December 2016, pp 283-297. <Taylor & Francis abstract>
Leslie A. Pal and Ian D. Clark (2016), The MPA/MPP in the Anglo-democracies: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States,” Policy and Society, Volume 35, Issue 4, December 2016, pp 299-313. <Taylor & Francis abstract>
Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 27 February 2020.
Image: Défi métiers, at https://www.defi-metiers.fr/breves/unifaf-ile-de-france-et-defi-metiers-signent-une-convention-de-partenariat, accessed 12 March 2016.