As part of the mission of the Central Michigan University MPA program and NASPAA accreditation, students are required to demonstrate mastery on the following universal public service competencies:

  • To lead and manage in public governance
  • To participate in and contribute to the policy process
  • To analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions
  • To articulate and apply a public service perspective
  • To communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry
In addition to the universal competencies from NASPAA, the program has also adopted the following mission-based competencies.  

Students in the MPA program at Central Michigan University will develop and enhance their ability:

  • To integrate social, economic, political, and global trends in the management of public organizations
  • To apply relevant systems of accountability, performance management, and transparency in the management of public organizations
  • To define the challenges of intergovernmental and intersectoral relations in public organizations 
  • To recognize the importance of regional partners, nonprofit organizations, private sector organizations, and other units of government in the delivery of public services

Using a unique scorecard approach, the program evaluates student mastery of these competencies in PAD 730 “Public Service Competencies.”  Aggregate data on student mastery of competencies is included below: