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Unformatted Document Text:  Urban government and politics 19 Other 9 The governance project—next steps While it is premature to design a program in before the needs assessment is completed, it is important to visualize alternatives and the path to arrive at the best choice. We expect to take two years before a program is operational; in that time, the following key actions will be needed: • Create long-term and formal relationships between university and public service contacts, including a steering committee, a pool of adjunct instructors and guest presenters, and hosts for internship and other work experiences. • Seek grant funding for program design and development and to sustain the program until enrollment can support program costs. • Develop a format for the program. Administrative and political considerations make both a major and a concentration within political science unlikely choices. Other options to explore include certification, extended education, and interdisciplinary models. • Establish admission criteria and student selection processes. It is expected that students will be selected after high levels of performance in their freshman years at CSUS. • Establish information and recruiting programs. These will inform potential students and the larger community about not only the governance project but about the value of public service as a career and an essential element of community quality of life. • Develop a curriculum. At present the department of Politics and Public Administration offers only three undergraduate courses that are directly relevant to local governance needs. Additional offerings will be based on the needs assessment results. Some possibilities include:  Courses from outside the department in communication, leadership, team-building, organization behavior, analytical skills, interpersonal skills, geographic and other information systems, and research and analysis skills.  New political science courses on government structure and techniques, civic innovation, citizen engagement, and creative use of private and nonprofit resources.  New mini-courses and workshops for career planning, internship preparation, team-building, and directed civic engagement projects.  New shared courses or workshops in which Masters in Public Administration (MPA) students lead teams of governance project 22

Authors: Colnic, David. and Shinn, Paul.
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Urban government and politics
19
Other
9
The governance project—next steps
While it is premature to design a program in before the needs assessment is
completed, it is important to visualize alternatives and the path to arrive at the best
choice. We expect to take two years before a program is operational; in that time, the
following key actions will be needed:
Create long-term and formal relationships between university and public
service contacts, including a steering committee, a pool of adjunct instructors
and guest presenters, and hosts for internship and other work experiences.
Seek grant funding for program design and development and to sustain the
program until enrollment can support program costs.
Develop a format for the program. Administrative and political considerations
make both a major and a concentration within political science unlikely
choices. Other options to explore include certification, extended education,
and interdisciplinary models.
Establish admission criteria and student selection processes. It is expected that
students will be selected after high levels of performance in their freshman
years at CSUS.
Establish information and recruiting programs. These will inform potential
students and the larger community about not only the governance project but
about the value of public service as a career and an essential element of
community quality of life.
Develop a curriculum. At present the department of Politics and Public
Administration offers only three undergraduate courses that are directly
relevant to local governance needs. Additional offerings will be based on the
needs assessment results. Some possibilities include:
Courses from outside the department in communication, leadership,
team-building, organization behavior, analytical skills, interpersonal
skills, geographic and other information systems, and research and
analysis skills.
New political science courses on government structure and techniques,
civic innovation, citizen engagement, and creative use of private and
nonprofit resources.
New mini-courses and workshops for career planning, internship
preparation, team-building, and directed civic engagement projects.
New shared courses or workshops in which Masters in Public
Administration (MPA) students lead teams of governance project
22


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