Collection Number: 40091

Collection Title: Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978

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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2500 items)
Abstract The university's Master of Public Administration Program was established in 1966 to offer the MPA degree. It was a joint program of the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Government though its director was appointed by and responsible to the chairman of the Department of Political Science. In 1997, it became part of the Institute of Government. Records include correspondence and other files relating to the administration and curricula of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, including many files on scholarships, fellowships, and internships for MPA students.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Master of Public Administration Program.
Language English
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Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The roots of the graduate program in public administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can be traced to the early 1930s. A School of Public Administration was formed in June 1932 under the direction of Professor Walter C. Jackson, who was succeeded in 1934 by Howard W. Odum. The school's mission was defined vaguely as providing training for government service. Failure to obtain additional foundation support coupled with administrative problems led to its closure in 1936.

In the 1940s and early 1950s, the North Carolina City and County Managers Association petitioned the university to provide a more formal public service training program. In the fall of 1951, the Department of Political Science was authorized to offer a program in public administration that included classroom instruction and internship training leading to a Master of Arts degree in political science with a certificate of professional proficiency in public administration. Lack of departmental resources and the inability to offer the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree hampered full implementation of the program's training aspect. Meanwhile, the Department of Political Science, the Institute of Government, and the North Carolina City and County Managers Association continued to press the need for a professional training program leading to the Master of Public Administration degree.

In the fall of 1965, the Department of Political Science requested approval from the Administrative Board of the Graduate School for a two-year public administration program. Approval was granted and the Master of Public Administration Program was inaugurated in the fall of 1966. The program was supervised by, and responsible to, the chairman of the Department of Political Science. A student-faculty MPA Policy Committee, appointed by the Political Science chairman and the director of the Institute of Government, advised the program's director on general administrative and curriculum matters. Decisions on program requirements were subject to the approval of the Political Science faculty and the Administrative Board of the Graduate School. The curriculum included three major components: first year on-campus classroom instruction; second year work experience/internship; and a research paper and oral defense before a review committee.

Funding for the MPA program came from state appropriations via the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Government. These funds were supplemented, especially in the area of student aid, by foundation support and federal aid. The R. J. Reynolds Company, the Wachovia Bank and Trust Company, the Burlington Foundation, the P. H. Hanes Foundation, the North Carolina Fund, the North Carolina City and County Managers Association, and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration are agencies in the private sector that have supplied funding. On the federal level, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have made grants directly or indirectly to the program. Funding from these has supported faculty and curriculum development as well as aid to MPA students.

In 1997, the Master of Public Administration Program became an integral part of the Institute of Government (later School of Government).

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Records of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program consist of the director's files and date largely from the 1970s. They include correspondence and other files relating to the administration and curricula of the program, including many files on scholarships, fellowships, and internships for MPA students.

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Box 1

Alumni Association: Bylaws, 1976 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Alumni Association: Membership Rosters, 1977 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Alumni Association: Newsletters, 1974-1977 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Alumni Association: Reunions, 1971; 1974; 1976; 1977; 1978 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Annual and Special Reports: Annual Reports, 1971; 1973 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Annual and Special Reports: "Eight Years of Progress: Report on the MPA Program, 1966-1974" #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Annual and Special Reports: "Ten Years of Progress: Report on the MPA Program, 1966-1976" #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Budget and Financial Information: Change Budget Request, 1974 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

(see also Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities, below)

Curriculum and Degree Requirements: Colloquia, 1975-1978 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Curriculum and Degree Requirements: Courses: Political Science 212: Program Evaluation and Quantitative Analysis #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Curriculum and Degree Requirements: Courses: Political Science 213: Public Policy Formation #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Curriculum and Degree Requirements: Courses: Political Science 216: Administrative Research and Statistics #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Curriculum and Degree Requirements: Courses: Political Science 289: Administrative Research Questions #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Curriculum and Degree Requirements: Courses: Political Science 341: Seminar in Organizational Leadership #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Curriculum and Degree Requirements: Internships: Placement, 1973-1977 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Curriculum and Degree Requirements: Internships: Requirement for, 1977 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Curriculum and Degree Requirements: Internships: Seminars, 1970-1978 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

(see also Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities, below)

Curriculum and Degree Requirements: Research Paper, Requirement for, 1972 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Policy Committee, 1971-1978 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Program Review Committee, 1971; 1974-1975 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Students: List of, 1972-1979 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

(see also Alumni Association, above)

Students: News Releases, 1976-1977 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

(includes announcements of new students, financial awards, intern placements; arranged alphabetical by student's name)

Students: Orientation Program for New Students, 1971-1978 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Students: Recruitment of New Students, 1975-1976 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Students: Student Aid (see Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities, below) #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Professional Organizations: American Society for Public Administration, Southeastern Region, Conventions, 1975; 1977 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Professional Organizations: Conference of Minority Public Administrators, Convention, 1976 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Professional Organizations: National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA): General, 1971-1977 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

(regarding dues, conventions; see also under Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities, below)

Professional Organizations: National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA): MPA Program Evaluations: Standards, 1977 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Professional Organizations: National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA): MPA Program Evaluations: UNC-Chapel Hill Program Evaluation Report, 1977 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 1

Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Burlington Industries Foundation Grant, 1966 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

(NOTE: Files under the heading Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities relate to outside agency funding for the MPA program and concern fellowships, internships and scholarships for MPA students.)

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Carnegie Corporation Request for Funding, 1967 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Civil Rights, United States Office of: Personnel Transfer Agreement, 1975-1977 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Civil Service Commission, United States: Presidential Management Internship Program, 1977-1978 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Health, Education, and Welfare, United States Department of: Education for the Public Service Fellowships (Title IX) Program, 1974-1978 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Housing and Urban Development, United States Department of: Durham Observatory Program: General, 1976-1977 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Housing and Urban Development, United States Department of: Durham Observatory Program: Reports: Dajani, Vesilin and Hartman, "Measuring the Effectiveness of Solid Waste Collection," March 1976 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Housing and Urban Development, United States Department of: Durham Observatory Program: Reports: Cook and Fischer, "Citizen Cooperation with the Criminal Justice System," May 1976 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Housing and Urban Development, United States Department of: Durham Observatory Program: Reports: Salamon, "The Substandard Rental Housing Market in Durham: Toward an Inner-City Housing Policy," July 1976 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Housing and Urban Development, United States Department of: Durham Observatory Program: Reports: Magat, "A Public Utility Rate Case Intervention Strategy for the City of Durham, North Carolina," September 1976 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Housing and Urban Development, United States Department of: Durham Observatory Program: Reports: Peterson, "An Analysis of the Employment and Personnel Practices of Durham City Government," December 1976 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Housing and Urban Development, United States Department of: Durham Observatory Program: Reports: Lipscomb and Baines, "Effective Communication: The City, the Citizens, the Media," December 1976 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Housing and Urban Development, United States Department of: Durham Observatory Program: Reports: Slade, "The Urban Observatory: Focus--Durham, N.C." (M.A. thesis, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1978) #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Housing and Urban Development, United States Department of: Work-Study Program, 1971-1978 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA): Health Care Services Fellowship Program, 1972-1978 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

(NOTE: This and the following files relate to the administration of federal grant funds by NASPAA.)

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA): Minority Fellows Program, 1971-1978 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA): Urban Administration Fellows Program, 1970-1977 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA): Urban Management Education Program, 1976 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: National Endowment for the Arts Internship Program, 1974-1975 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: North Carolina City and County Managers' Association Fellows Program, 1967-1971 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: North Carolina Fund Assistantship Program, 1966-1967 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: P.H. Hanes Foundation Fellowship Program, 1966-1968 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

Program Grants and Grant-Funded Activities: Wachovia Bank and Trust Company Fellowship Program, 1966 #40091, Series: "Master of Public Administration Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1966-1978." Box 2

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