CapStone 3



Student Learning Outcome 4:  Students will demonstrate an ability to articulate and apply a public service perspective

Topics that would demonstrate your mastery of this SLO include:

  • discussion of the MPA program values of (a) democracy, (b) diversity, and (c) due process and their applicability to how public administrators or public organizations should operate and how public administrators or public organizations should interact with stakeholders.  
  • Here are the details that explain and elaborate on the SLO:  Link
  • This document is also likely helpful.  Using the Course Rubrics

Keeping these topics above in mind, listen to the following podcasts.  (There is also an video presentation as an optional alternative to the related podcast.)

GovLove - A Podcast About Local Government: Addressing the Rise of Local Official Harassment with Brooks Rainwater, National League of Cities on Apple Podcasts


NCSL Podcast: Exploring Civility | OAS Episode 136 on Apple Podcasts


Podcast:  GovLove - A Podcast About Local Government: Building a Culture of Equity with Danya Perry, Wake County, NC on Apple Podcasts


 Discuss the listed topics linking them to the information and/or themes presented in the podcasts.  Be sure when you discuss the MPA program values above that you include clear statements in your own words of your understanding of the values of democracy, diversity, and due process.   Remember to cite all sources properly and include an APA formatted list of references.

The MPA Program Values: democracy , diversity, and due process.


a. Inclusive, Effective, and Constructive Participation: Public administrators should strive to make public programs open and responsive to all stakeholders by promoting meaningful participation in the political process by which we identify the public interest and in the development and implementation of public policies and programs to promote the public interest. We should reduce disparities in that participation produced by educational, economic, and other political inequalities.

b. Enlightened Understanding: Public administrators should promote stakeholders' understanding of political processes, public policies, and public programs by providing transparent, clear, accurate, and relevant information. 


Projections by the U.S. Census suggest that the United States population is creating a more diverse country not only in terms of race and ethnicity but also by age, religious beliefs, and gender, all of which provide unique challenges to public administrators. Being dedicated to this goal obligates public administrators to respect the humanity of all people. Valuing diversity allows our students to take positions that take diversity into account to more effectively lead and administer public programs.

Due Process:

Our program defines due process to include all processes (including those beyond the justice and law enforcement systems) that provide important checks (procedural and substantive) on the authority of elected officials and of unelected public administrators.

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