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Civic Engagement--Large and Small
Unformatted Document Text:  Third, the governance program will strengthen ties between university and community. Many of the region’s political and administrative leaders received their training in the undergraduate political science, the Master’s in Public Administration, or both programs at CSUS. Despite these individual ties, we need to improve collaboration between local government and the university. Our proposal seeks to strengthen and institutionalize this collaborative environment. We will promote the environment we envision by first simply facilitating awareness of local governance needs and university capacity to help meet those needs. Several specific provisions of our project are aimed toward improving this awareness. Additionally, we propose to move beyond awareness to encourage joint training of future public officials by university faculty and local administrators. The government employment outlook Public employee retirement is the driving force behind government recruiting needs and thus the governance program. Indeed, total state and local government employment has not changed in a decade; without retirements and other departures, there would be no openings for governance program graduates. Nonetheless, evidence points to a growing personnel crisis facing American governments 1 . Awareness of the problem and its magnitude, however, is not new. Dohm (2000) noted that baby boomer retirement would affect all sectors of the economy. She projected workers over age 45 would increase from 33 to 40 percent of the workforce between 1998 and 2008. Approximately 22 million people were expected to retire in that decade, as compared to 19 million 1 In declining order of percent 45 and older, these occupations were public administrators and officials (58.7 percent), librarians (56.5), education administrators (56.1), bus drivers (54.2), elementary and secondary teachers (50.3), educational counselors (50.2), management analysts (49.0), and inspectors and compliance officers (47.5). Public employment also dominates several occupations with similarly high proportions of older workers, but whose relatively low job totals excluded them from the analysis. These occupations include firefighters, purchasing managers, and urban planners. 7

Authors: Colnic, David. and Shinn, Paul.
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Third, the governance program will strengthen ties between university and community.
Many of the region’s political and administrative leaders received their training in the
undergraduate political science, the Master’s in Public Administration, or both programs
at CSUS. Despite these individual ties, we need to improve collaboration between local
government and the university. Our proposal seeks to strengthen and institutionalize this
collaborative environment. We will promote the environment we envision by first simply
facilitating awareness of local governance needs and university capacity to help meet
those needs. Several specific provisions of our project are aimed toward improving this
awareness. Additionally, we propose to move beyond awareness to encourage joint
training of future public officials by university faculty and local administrators.
The government employment outlook
Public employee retirement is the driving force behind government recruiting
needs and thus the governance program. Indeed, total state and local government
employment has not changed in a decade; without retirements and other departures, there
would be no openings for governance program graduates. Nonetheless, evidence points to
a growing personnel crisis facing American governments
. Awareness of the problem and
its magnitude, however, is not new. Dohm (2000) noted that baby boomer retirement
would affect all sectors of the economy. She projected workers over age 45 would
increase from 33 to 40 percent of the workforce between 1998 and 2008. Approximately
22 million people were expected to retire in that decade, as compared to 19 million
1
In declining order of percent 45 and older, these occupations were public administrators
and officials (58.7 percent), librarians (56.5), education administrators (56.1), bus drivers
(54.2), elementary and secondary teachers (50.3), educational counselors (50.2),
management analysts (49.0), and inspectors and compliance officers (47.5). Public
employment also dominates several occupations with similarly high proportions of older
workers, but whose relatively low job totals excluded them from the analysis. These
occupations include firefighters, purchasing managers, and urban planners.
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