Mission and Goals
The Public Administration Program’s mission is to prepare students for public sector and nonprofit careers in the Texas Panhandle, the state, the nation, and the world.
Our goals are:
Program Learning Outcomes
The Courses Linking Theories to Practice
Theoretical frameworks are created at the beginning of each semester and applied to real-life situations throughout the remainder of every class. Both our face-to-face and online classes incorporate lectures, discussion forums, case study applications, and/or peer-to-peer reviews that assist students in thinking “outside of the box.” The application of a theory-to-practice teaching method develops our student’s managerial and analytical skills as a generalist and practitioner in the public and nonprofit sectors of our society.
Internship and Capstone Course
We make every effort to assist our students, both online and face-to-face, to obtain as much public sector experience as possible prior to graduation. Traditional students with no or limited practical experience will be advised to apply for internships that will enhance their advancement opportunities. Non-traditional students who have been actively working in the government or nonprofit sectors are required to conduct an empirical research in the capstone course. This research project will be used to evaluate whether the students meet the Program Learning Outcomes.
The public administration program can be completed online. Remote students should be working with the advisor for substitutions to on-campus courses.