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The State of Public Administration Programs in Higher Education

The State of Public Administration Programs in Higher Education

Are we ready for the challenge of a new era in public administration education and service? We do too much good to shrink from this task.…

A Police Officer’s Lot

A Police Officer’s Lot

There have been many changes in law enforcement and respect for police since the early 1900s. Since we’ve been observing National Crime Prevention Month during October, it’s an appropriate time…

Organizational Changes: Understanding your Employee is Crucial Before Enforcing Organizational Changes

Organizational Changes: Understanding your Employee is Crucial Before Enforcing Organizational Changes

Managers! Take a minute and look around your organization: Without its people, your organization would have never existed. Appreciate your employees. When considering organizational changes, also consider the impact and…

One (Divisible) Nation: Emoluments for Influence?

One (Divisible) Nation: Emoluments for Influence?

Foundations of Public Administration is, in my humble opinion, one of the hallmark courses for any MPA student and I take seriously the steadfast charge to present and explore the…

The U.S. Supreme Court: It’s Your Last Job – or is it?

The U.S. Supreme Court: It’s Your Last Job – or is it?

To keep your appointment alive and well, according to the Constitution, you just need to demonstrate good behavior once you become a justice. I believe that the framers of the…

Reality Caught Up with Government Pay Programs

Few public employers are ready to address the skills shortage, but it promises to be an increasingly serious problem. It’s going to get steadily worse. It’s a combination of demographics,…

A Place to Stand: Public Service in a Climate of Protests

A Place to Stand: Public Service in a Climate of Protests

Public Servants have long witnessed the dismantling of one policy or another. At times, the policy has energized allies — natural or otherwise. During those times, dismantling often included organized…

Public Administration – The Tip of the Iceberg

Public Administration – The Tip of the Iceberg

What we read in the press or see on TV is just the tip of the iceberg of what is really going on in government. For example, on September 21,…

21st Century Higher Education in America: A Reason for Alarm?

21st Century Higher Education in America: A Reason for Alarm?

Is the reason for rising higher education cost due to the importance of this service in opening avenues of social mobility for low-income and middle-income American citizens and their families? Rising…

The Enduring Mystery of Performance Management

The Enduring Mystery of Performance Management

A search on “performance management” found nine PA Times columns posted in 2018 and a total of 45 pages listing prior columns on the subject back to 2010 when the…

Speaking Out

Speaking Out

I’m not naive enough to think we can ever actually end sexual violence, but I do believe we can reduce it and that we can work to improve things for…