Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2016-13
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Steven Semken, Chair
Date of First Reading: September 28, 2015
Date of Second Reading: October 26, 2015
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Public Service and Community Solutions – School of Public Affairs- for the establishment of a graduate degree – EMPA in Public Administration
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The Executive Masters for Public Administration (EMPA) degree in the School of Public Affairs and in association with the McCain Institute of International Leadership, is designed to provide public sector managers at all levels of government, and those in the non-profit and private sectors who deal extensively with government officials, with the tools they need to succeed in delivering effective solutions to the challenges they face. Participants will make extensive use of ASU’s exclusive “Decision Theaters” which enable managers to experience the consequences of their decisions in “real time.”
Public sector managers face an increasingly complex political and economic environment. With fiscal resources dwindling and public demands rising, managers must use evidence-based research to craft efficient and effective solutions to pressing needs. At the same time, an increasing number of stakeholders, often adept at using technology and social media, are involved in debates over public policy, each seeking to influence policy outcomes. Further, managers must be cognizant of how global economic, political, and social forces are shaping their environment, such as issues in immigration, pollution, and economic crises are all border-crossing.