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Leading by Doing: Conducting a Personal Ethics Audit

An ethics audit assesses an organization’s ethical compliance and other elements such as cultural values and legal compliance. An ethics audit serves as a tool for administrators to build more…

National Preparedness Starts With Personal and Community Resilience

National Preparedness Month is the government’s effort to strengthen our nation’s preparedness capabilities. Our national preparedness architecture encompasses prevention, protection, response and recovery efforts. As public administrators, we must follow…

Urban Schools of Choice for Students Left Behind

Urban Schools of Choice for Students Left Behind

Under the No Child Left Behind Act, children attending schools in need of improvement must be given the opportunity to transfer to other public schools, including charter schools. Relying on…

National Service: A Legacy of Civic Engagement

One of the greatest legacies of National Service is the power of AmeriCorps programs in engaging citizens in a lifetime of service. Two programs in West Virginia, Camp Horseshoe and…

Happy Belated Birthday, ADA!

Happy Belated Birthday, ADA!

Happy belated birthday to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)! On July 26, 2015, the ADA turned 25 years old. With approximately 19 percent of the American population – that…

Citizen Engagement in Local Government Planning and Finance

Citizen participation in governance is critical to preserving both historic and modern values. While historic legislation, such as the Urban Renewal Act of 1954, the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964,…

The Added Value of Experiential Learning

The Added Value of Experiential Learning

Experiential learning courses are a great segue between learning that takes place in the classroom and application of that learning in the real world. We allow students to demonstrate mastery…

Should We Do That? Five Questions to Ask

“Should we do that?” In my years of working with nonprofits, government agencies and community-based networks, I have seen this question ignored or answered with half-truths. When seeking grants, chasing…

When a Local-Gov Manager Leaves

When a Local-Gov Manager Leaves

Local government leaders frequently change jobs. When a manager or department head leaves, a few priorities should be considered. Understanding the priorities will make the transition to a new leader…

Bridging the Separation of Powers

Bridging the Separation of Powers

The separation of powers is a hallmark of democratic systems of government. However, it creates a rivalry between the legislative and executive branches. To keep peace, the two sides take…

New Curriculum Models for STEM Careers

New Curriculum Models for STEM Careers

In 2010, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.6 percent, with almost 15 million people out of work. At the same time, companies began to notice a lack of qualified candidates…

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