MPA Program Learning Objectives

Villanova University core values are Veritas (Truth), Unitas (Unity), and Caritas (Charity). Our program mission is to offer graduates the knowledge of values, roles, skills, and practices that will help them become competent professionals capable of ethical, intelligent, and creative leadership in public service.

The public service values reflected in our mission include: 1) ethical action upholding the public trust; 2) a sense of community and the common good; and 3) transparency and accountability in public administration.  With these as our guideposts, we define the learning objectives for the NASPAA universal competencies as delineated below.

Learning Objectives

a) Uses one’s professional experience and academic knowledge to approach decision-making with a deep respect for one’s organization and community

b) Leads one’s staff to use management practices that engage the relevant public, private, and nonprofit sector actors to achieve measurable outcomes in the organization’s performance

c) Exhibits care about the organization’s mission by serving and supporting one’s colleagues as well as those involved in and impacted by that mission

Learning Objectives:

a) Uses one’s knowledge of the policy making process to promote partnerships between public, private, and nonprofit organizations to deliver public services with a central attention to promote the common good

b) Offers information and proposals that are inclusive of community interests, especially minorities and vulnerable populations, and utilize a variety of practices to encourage participation

c) Advocates for each person to contribute to, support, and advance the common good in the policy process

Learning Objectives:

a) Listens to internal and external stakeholders, evaluate their positions, and creatively use available resources to form balanced recommendations

b) Uses scholarship, best practices, qualitative, and quantitative approaches to inform decision-making

c) Remembers that including one’s followers and constituents in the decision-making process is the means to the end of making sound decisions

Learning Objectives:

a) Uses one’s public service career as an opportunity to give back to the community through thoughtful deliberations of knowledge and practice, which are aligned with the organizational mission and values

b) Articulates in word and action how staff and stakeholders contribute to the organization’s public service mission

c) Honors public service motivation as the keystone of a shared vocation within the organization

Learning Objectives:

a) Bases one’s leadership role on understanding and respecting community and organizational diversity to provide and communicate culturally competent policies and decisions in public service delivery

b) Understands the demographic trends taking place, and strive to build effective working relationships with a diverse citizenry and resident population through multiple communication channels

c) Advances one’s concern for and builds effective relationships with all segments of the community