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Public Administration

B.A. Program and Student Learning Outcomes


College of Business & Public Management
School of Criminal Justice & Public Administration


The B.A. in Public Administration provides students with the knowledge and experience needed to begin careers in the not-for-profit and public service sectors. Our undergraduate program combines a firm theoretical foundation with an understanding of practical applications. Teaching methods in both elective and required courses stress the use of case studies, hands-on experience, and simulations that demonstrate how theory and concepts evolve into practical applications.

We are dedicated to the provision of a program that will:

  • Develop the conceptual foundation requisite for success in public administration careers;
  • Establish the ability to function effectively in complex, culturally diverse organizational structures;
  • Expand and evolve to meet changing regional needs; and
  • Promote student commitment to ethical standards of managerial practice.

The program is dedicated to maintaining an educational environment in which diversity can flourish and an atmosphere in which mutual respect characterizes relations among members of a pluralist community.

B.A. in Public Administration Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who graduate with a B.A. in Public Administration will:

SLO 1: Understand the basic concepts of American democracy and public administration.

1A: General concept of public administration and bureaucracy.

1B: Understanding knowledge of human resource management.

1C: Understanding knowledge of public budgeting and finance.

1D: Understanding knowledge of policy analysis.

1E: Understanding knowledge of information management and technology.

1F: Understanding how administrative responsibility, accountability, efficiency, diversity, and teamwork within the context of government and nonprofit public service programs.

SLO 2: Have the research skills to critically analyze public administration issues.

2A: Analysis of managerial issues and policy recommendations.

SLO 3: Have the information technology skills germane to study and practice of public administration.

3A: Proficiency with managerial software.

SLO 4: Have the ability to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

4A: Effective communication:

  • Direct Measures: Oral presentation of capstone project (PA 4000).
  • Indirect Measure: Graduating student and alumni survey.

SLO 5: Be able to develop/formulate a public policy response to a “real world” social or economic problem.

5A: Ability to develop a public policy response to a “real world” social or economic problem.

KU Student Outcomes (KU): Kean University graduates should be able to:

1. Think critically, creatively and globally.

2. Adapt to changing social, economic, and technological environments.

3. Serve as active and contributing members of their communities.

4. Advance their knowledge in the traditional disciplines (GE) and enhance their skills in professional areas.

General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Knowledge : Students will demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and content by:

(K1) Applying the scientific method to comprehend natural concepts and processes.

(K2) Evaluating major theories and concepts in social sciences.

(K3) Relating historical references to literature.

(K4) Evaluating major theories and concepts in the fine arts.

Skills : Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to:

(S1) Write to communicate and clarify learning.

(S2) Communicate effectively through speech.

(S3) Solve problems using quantitative reasoning.

(S4) Think critically about concepts in multiple disciplines.

(S5) Show information literacy.

Values : Students will demonstrate personal, social and ethical responsibility as a part of lifelong learning through:

(V1) Personal responsibility.

(V2) Ethical & social responsibility.

(V3) Active in social & civic engagement.

(V4) Respect for diverse culture.

(V5) Lifelong learning.

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