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Mission, Goals, & Public Service Values

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Public Administration Program at Eastern Kentucky University is to maintain and build upon our tradition of national distinction as an exemplary MPA Program by:

  • providing a high quality education for a diverse body of public and nonprofit practitioners and pre-service students in the theories that inform the field of public administration;
  • providing the tools and techniques of public service and administrative practice that enhance performance in the public interest through professional expertise, technical skills and ethical behavior; and
  • supporting the practice of public administration and its ability to serve the public interest, with emphasis on the local, state and regional level.

Program Goals

Goal I: To educate and train both pre-service and mid-career students to lead and manage public and nonprofit organizations.

The program places specific emphasis on government, nonprofit, and public and nonprofit health administration at the local, state, and regional levels. This focus is achieved through a general degree program, and through three curricular options that prepare students to specialize in public governance in community development administration, community health administration and environmental health administration. To accomplish our teaching mission, the program establishes student learning objectives tied to specific professional competencies, regularly assesses students’ mastery of the competencies, and uses assessment to improve teaching and learning.

Goal II: To enhance the field of public administration at the national, regional, and local levels through the service contributions of our faculty and students.

The program promotes professional development in public and non-profit agencies and devotes substantial time and professional expertise to the public governance needs of local public and nonprofit officials. The program has a vital role in advancing the public interest through regular and significant contributions to professional organizations that serve the field of public administration at the national, regional, and local level.

Goal III: To undertake and disseminate applied and academic research which addresses current public and non-profit sector administration and policy issues.

Public Service Values

Democratic Values: public administration professionals must observe and respect the rule of law as they contribute to their organization's efforts to serve the public interest.

Professional Values: public administration professionals must serve with competence, excellence, efficiency, objectivity, and impartiality.

Ethical Values: public administration professionals must act at all times in ways that uphold the public trust.

Social Justice Values: public administration professionals' exercise of authority and responsibility must be dictated by respect for human dignity, fairness, and social equity.

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