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Comparison of Perceived Effectiveness of MPA Programs Administered under Different Institutional Arrangements

J. Norman Baldwin
Public Administration Review
Vol. 48, No. 5 (Sep. - Oct., 1988), pp. 876-884
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Society for Public Administration
DOI: 10.2307/976903
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/976903
Page Count: 9
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Comparison of Perceived Effectiveness of MPA Programs Administered under Different Institutional Arrangements
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Abstract

This article reports the findings from a nationwide survey of MPA directors' perceptions of their programs' effectiveness. The survey explored the directors' general perceptions of their programs' effectiveness, perceptions of their programs' capacity to achieve 17 specific goals, and the characteristics of effective and ineffective MPA programs. The findings reflect most favorably on programs administered by schools of public affairs and administration and departments of public administration, but generally they indicate that school and departmental affiliations do not have a major impact on MPA program effectiveness. In contrast, NASPAA accreditation does seem to be related to MPA program effectiveness. The findings are discussed in relation to choosing a MPA program structure and NASPAA accreditation.

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