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MPA Data - FY 2019-20

Mission | Land Acknowledgment | Vision | Values

Competencies/Student Learning Outcomes

The programmatic student learning outcomes are aligned with the NASPAA required competencies and designed to evaluate our effectiveness in the preparation of ethical, transformational leaders who creatively and analytically inform public dialogue and manage policy through collaborative action.   Graduates are prepared for careers in government, nonprofit organizations and other public service fields. 

  • Universal Competency #1 – To lead and manage in public governance.
    SLO - UCO MPA graduates recognize and apply appropriate theoretical frameworks to the practice of leadership and management.
  • Universal Competency #2 –To participate in and contribute to the public policy process.
    SLO - UCO MPA graduates engage key stakeholders in the public policy process through the proper employment of data-driven strategies to navigate public policy and administrative environments.
  • Universal Competency #3 – To analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions.
    SLO - UCO MPA graduates employ proper decision making using critical thought to manage and solve dynamic and evolving public policy and administrative issues.
  • Universal Competency #4 – To apply and articulate a public service perspective.
    SLO - UCO MPA graduates develop, analyze and implement resources professionally and in partnership with communities in order to ethically manage or solve complex challenges in the public interest.
  • Universal Competency #5 – To communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.
    SLO - UCO MPA graduates professionally and effectively communicate, both written and orally, and through informal and formal interactions in diverse work environments and communities.

Programmatic Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of the MPA degree, students should be equipped to:

1. Provide transformative learning experiences that effectively prepare our students for public service careers.

  • Integrate diverse and inclusive perspectives
  • Network with practicing public servants
  • Apply professionalism and ethics in the public and non-profit sectors
  • Collaborate with colleagues on research-informed public service projects

2. Provide visible and meaningful service to diverse communities.

  • Develop educated, informed graduates to meet the needs of Oklahoma communities
  • Engage with local organizations through collaborative application of faculty and  student expertise
  • Promote pride in public service throughout the extended UCO MPA community

3. Inform public debate and address critical policy issues.

  • Mentor students in research, scholarly, and creative activities
  • Support faculty scholarly initiatives
  • Encourage civic engagement and public advocacy

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Graduation Rates

The academic years listed below indicate initial enrollment numbers, how many of those enrolled graduated within two years, as well as those students graduating within three and four years.

Note that the numbers in each successive column are cumulative, meaning that the number of students in the column for four years should include the numbers of students from the three-year column, plus those that graduated within three-four years. In the final column, sum the total number of students who have graduated (column four) and those students who are continuing to graduation. For example, if 15 students initially enrolled, 10 graduated in two years, two graduated in three years, one graduated in four years and two are still active in the program, you would enter: 15; 10; 12; 13; 15. NOT 15; 10; two; one; two.

FY 2018-19

Total Number of Students in the initial enrollment groups
Initially enrolled: 39
Graduated within two years: two
Graduated within three years: two
Graduated within four years: two
Total Students Graduating and Persisting to Graduation: two

FY 2017-18

Total Number of Students in the initial enrollment groups
Initially enrolled: 44
Graduated within two years: 14
Graduated within three years: 17
Graduated within four years: 17
Total Students Graduating and Persisting to Graduation: 17

FY 2016-17

Total Number of Students in the initial enrollment groups
Initially enrolled: 63
Graduated within two years: 15
Graduated within three years: 24
Graduated within four years: 26
Total Students Graduating and Persisting to Graduation: 26

FY 2015-16

Total Number of Students in the initial enrollment groups
Initially enrolled: 60
Graduated within two years: 15
Graduated within three years: 22
Graduated within four years: 26
Total Students Graduating and Persisting to Graduation: 26

FY 2014-15

Total Number of Students in the initial enrollment groups
Initially enrolled: 41
Graduated within two years: 5
Graduated within three years: 14
Graduated within four years: 16
Total Students Graduating and Persisting to Graduation: 16

STUDENT COMPLETION OVER FOUR SEMESTERS IN THE SELF-STUDY YEAR (DATA BASED ON 47 TOTAL STUDENTS IN SSY-5 COHORT):

  • 21 (44.6%) graduated within two years
  • 29 (61.7%) graduated within three years
  • 33 (70.2%) graduated within four years
  • 34 (72.3%) total students graduated and persisting to graduation

NASPAA Accreditation

The UCO MPA Program is currently seeking Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) accreditation. 

NASPAA is a vital global community of over 300 schools of public policy, public affairs, and public administration located in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Membership benefits schools in numerous ways to help them improve the quality of their program—and of the field overall.

  Visit the NASPAA website