When admitted to the program, students are automatically assigned
a faculty advisor. You should make an appointment to see or talk with
your advisor prior to registration. All faculty use email correspondence
regularly, too. The assigned advisors help students get their studies
underway. Students are thereafter free to seek advice from the assigned
advisor or from other faculty members as they see fit. Students may
ask a faculty member in their area of interest or with whom they have
established a good working relationship to serve as their faculty
advisor. One of the few official duties of the faculty advisor is
to sign off on your “blue” advising form that lists your
planned program of study for the master’s degree. A copy of
the blue form is included in the Handbook
or you can download the advising form
The MPA program director is an advisor for all students. An appointment
should also be scheduled with the program director in the first term
of study. The director makes decisions regarding such things as whether
an internship will be required and offers advice regarding such things
as the selection of electives and career placement opportunities.
The program director serves as the major professor for MPA students.
The faculty of the Askew School are experienced in both the practice
and teaching of public administration. We are also experienced in
several different areas of public policy and administration. You should
"get your money's worth" and seek advice from several of
us while you are enrolled in the program. Students who seek to complete
one of the MPA program's formal specializations must seek advice from
the faculty who are designated advisors for that field.
If a student wishes to depart from one of the formal specializations
in selecting electives, he or she should consult with the MPA director
for advice and help in determining the most appropriate faculty member(s)
to guide their course selections. Any member of the faculty may serve
as an advisor and students do not have to request a change in advisors
to be formally advised by other faculty members.
The Advising Form
Each time you meet with a faculty member for advice about your selection
of courses you should bring a completed "MPA
Student Advising Form
". It shows your program of study --
what you have taken and what you plan to take as well as other information
of importance. If you have not yet completed the form, then do so
prior to your next meeting with an advisor. For subsequent advising
sessions, obtain the form from your file in the program office and
update it. Then give it to the Coordinator for Academic Support (Ms.
Velda Williams) to be returned to your MPA file. It is essential that
we have a current program of study, and this is used for the graduation
check to ensure that requirements are met. The student should also
retain a copy.
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