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Research Seminar

Research Seminar



Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate an ability to articulate and apply a public service perspective.

Topics that would demonstrate your mastery of this SLO (Student Learning Outcomes) include:

discussion of the MPA program values of (a) democracy, (b) diversity, and (c) due process and their applicability to how public administrators or public organizations should operate and how public administrators or public organizations should interact with stakeholders. 


Keeping those topics in mind, listen to the 3 following podcasts:







Then, in a 3–5-page essay, discuss the listed topics linking them to the information and/or themes presented in the podcasts.  Be sure when you discuss the MPA program values above that you include clear statements in your own words of your understanding of the values of democracy, diversity, and due process.  Your essay should be single-spaced, well-written, including an introduction and a conclusion, and integrating at least 3-4 references from your MPA coursework.  Remember to cite all sources properly and include an APA formatted list of references.



Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Spiral)

Authors: American Psychological Association

Edition: 7TH 20

Publisher: American Psychological Association – APA

ISBN-13: 978-1-4338-3217-8

ISBN-10: 1-4338-3217-8



The MPA Program Values: democracy, diversity, and due process.

Democracy :

a. Inclusive, Effective, and Constructive Participation: Public administrators should strive to make public programs open and responsive to all stakeholders by promoting meaningful participation in the political process by which we identify the public interest and, in the development, and implementation of public policies and programs to promote the public interest. We should reduce disparities in that participation produced by educational, economic, and other political inequalities.

b. Enlightened Understanding: Public administrators should promote stakeholders’ understanding of political processes, public policies, and public programs by providing transparent, clear, accurate, and relevant information. 


Projections by the U.S. Census suggest that the United States population is creating a more diverse country not only in terms of race and ethnicity but also by age, religious beliefs, and gender, all of which provide unique challenges to public administrators. Being dedicated to this goal obligates public administrators to respect the humanity of all people. Valuing diversity allows our students to take positions that take diversity into account to lead and administer public programs more effectively.

Due Process:

Our program defines due process to include all processes (including those beyond the justice and law enforcement systems) that provide important checks (procedural and substantive) on the authority of elected officials and of unelected public administrators.

Remember to cite all sources properly and include an APA formatted list of references.