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A Collective Agreement on Efficiency in Public Higher Education

A Collective Agreement on Efficiency in Public Higher Education

For some time now, the public higher education policy arena has been flooded with ideas and debates on how to make institutions more affordable and accessible. To complicate matters, there…

Transparency in Community Development: Five Resolutions for Local Governments

Transparency in Community Development: Five Resolutions for Local Governments

Public administration has a strong tradition of advocating for open government and ethical administrative practices in our public agencies. The ICMA, for example, developed elements for governments to be more…

2015: A Year at the Energy-Employment Nexus

2015: A Year at the Energy-Employment Nexus

Green jobs, the Keystone XL Pipeline and fracking are relatively recent terms to enter our political lexicon, but they will appear near the top of policy agendas in 2015. The…

Ethics Training for the Public Sector Workforce

Ethics Training for the Public Sector Workforce

It appears there are daily news stories of a public sector employee’s failure to exhibit appropriate ethical competencies. With the number of these stories presented for public consumption, one may…

Open Government

Open Government

What exactly is open government? This can be a difficult question to answer as our society has engaged the throttle for Internet access into overdrive. Our society almost completely operates…

Paradigm Shifts in Public Administration — Toward New Benchmarks and Best Practices

Paradigm Shifts in Public Administration —  Toward New Benchmarks and Best Practices

Previous columns dealt with emerging benchmarks and best practices in public administration in light of the high-tech revolution and the transition from the modern, industrial age to the postmodern, information…

Developing Leaders in the Public Sector: Masking and Cultural Competency

Developing Leaders in the Public Sector: Masking and Cultural Competency

Masking is when an organization appears culturally competent, but its ulterior motive is to maintain power and control within a select organizational group. An organization engaged in masking may have…

HR & The Transgender Employee

HR & The Transgender Employee

Recently, the Department of Justice took the position that the protection of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to claims of discrimination based on an individual’s…

The Old West Meets Star Trek: Social Media Use and Nonprofit Organizations

The Old West Meets Star Trek: Social Media Use and Nonprofit Organizations

In a recent study highlighted in the Nonprofit Quarterly, the researchers found that 97 percent of the 500 organizations studied were using Facebook. Nonprofit organizations absolutely need to have a…

Teaching Impact: Recognizing Scholarship as Valuable Activity

Teaching Impact: Recognizing Scholarship as Valuable Activity

In my conversations with faculty across the United States, it is apparent that many professors, particularly tenure-track assistant professors, feel that taking time to write about pedagogy and the impact…

Focusing Economic Development on China Has Big Potential

Focusing Economic Development on China Has Big Potential

A reality of today’s global economy is large, middle market and even small companies need to gain access to global markets. Seventy percent of the world’s customers are outside of…