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Department of Political Science

Student Learning Outcomes: 2016


NASPAA Universal Competencies and KSU Student Learning Outcomes
Master of Public Administration
Department of Political Science
Kansas State University

Competency 1:  To Lead and Manage in Public Governance:

  • 1.1: Lead and manage people effectively, fostering team building, commitment, creativity, and performance.
  • 1.2: Scan and analyze the external and internal environments of public and non-profit agencies, including the political, legal, ethical and human resource contexts in which we operate. Apply insights to develop plans and processes to manage the agency.


Competency 2:  To participate in and contribute to the public policy process:

  • 2.1: Describe and work within the institutional, structural, and political contexts of policy making.
  • 2.2: Define and critically analyze policy problems, articulate relevant decision making criteria for policy analysis, and evaluate alternative options policy.


Competency 3: To analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions: 

  • 3.1: Employ analytical tools for collecting, analyzing, presenting, and interpreting data, including appropriate statistical concepts and techniques.
  • 3.2: Apply research to real world organizational problems in order to provide evidence based solutions.


Competency 4: To articulate and apply a public service perspective

  • 4.1: Behave ethically, responsibly and with integrity: Tell the truth, keep confidences, admit mistakes, and do not misrepresent oneself, one’s goals or the facts for personal advantage, and do what you say you are going to do.
  • 4.2: Appreciate the multiple perspectives, values, and ethical challenges of public management.


Competency 5:  To Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry: 

  • 5.1: Work productively in teams consisting of diverse perspectives and backgrounds: Interact effectively in a team, demonstrating composure, professionalism and effective working relationships, including understanding others’ priorities, needs and concerns and sharing information, expertise and resources.
  • 5.2: Demonstrate ability to write for and communicate with multiple, diverse audiences in a variety of forms, including memos, policy briefs, and research reports, and presentations.