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Information Management Curriculum Starter Kit

Since the mid 1980s, NASPAA has been considering how best to incorporate information technology topics in the curriculum for the Master of Public Administration. This "Starter Kit" presents a variety of material that any MPA program can use in building its own method of meeting the new NASPAA IT standard.

Recently, NASPAA amended the MPA standard for public management to include this requirement:

The common curriculum components shall enhance the student’s values, knowledge, and skills to act ethically and effectively:

In the Management of Public Service Organizations, the components of which include:

  • Human resources
  • Budgeting and financial processes
  • Information management, technology applications, and policy.

While many NASPAA schools have been working to incorporate suitable material into their curricula, most find it difficult to devise an approach that fits within existing requirements and limited resources. At the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, we have had the opportunity to build a specialization in this area based on the strength of a long-standing partnership between the Department of Public Administration and Policy and the university-wide Center for Technology in Government (CTG). By combining the interests of Public Administration faculty, CTG’s applied research program, and strong working relationships with state and local officials in New York, we have developed a program that we believe can be useful, in whole or in part, in other places.

This “Starter Kit” presents a variety of material that any MPA program can use in building its own method of meeting the new IT standard.

The Kit includes the following material:

Over time, we plan to develop this material on the Rockefeller College website for easy reference and downloading. In the meantime, we hope you find this material useful and invite you to share your own ideas for teaching this topic.

David F. Andersen, Distinguished Professor
Sharon S. Dawes, Associate Professor and Senior Fellow at CTG
Theresa A. Pardo, Associate Research Professor and Director of CTG
R. Karl Rethemeyer, Associate Professor and Chair