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Program Characteristics

Fall 2017

Students

The UNM MPA program is more selective in its admissions than the average of NASPAA accredited programs that reported data for the 2015-2016 academic year, and more successful in attracting admitted applicants to enroll in our program:

  

 Comparisons to NASPAA Accredited MPA Program Averages

   Admission and Enrollment Selectivity


NASPAA Average
2014-2015


UNM
2015-2016


UNM
2016-2017

   Percent of applicants who are offered admission

64%

84%

86%

   Percent of those offered admission who enroll

59%

83%

82%

 

As a result of efforts to increase graduation of students over the past three years, the MPA program achieved record enrollment and produced a record number of graduates:

Chart 1

We enroll a highly diverse student body. Data shown in the charts below are typical for the student body as a whole. Female students make up two-thirds to three-quarters of our enrollment. The age range is broad, but the average age has been decreasing in recent years as more students enter the program directly after completing a bachelor’s degree.

Chart 2

Faculty

Our faculty size is typical of NASPAA-accredited programs:

Comparisons to NASPAA Accredited MPA Program Averages

    Faculty Presence

NASPAA Average
2014-2015

UNM
2015-2016

UNM
2016-2017

UNM
Fall 2017

   Number of full-time faculty

average: 12

median: 8

11

11

9

   Percent of core courses taught by full-time          faculty

97%

76%

75%

67%

   Percent of all courses taught by full-time              faculty

50%

63%

64%

73%

 

Learning Outcome Assessment

Each Spring, we measure students’ achievement of specific learning outcomes in our core courses, to see how effective we are in achieving the competencies expected for program graduates.  This assessment information is evaluated by the faculty and used to improve the design and delivery of the curriculum. These are the results of the learning outcome assessments conducted in Spring, 2017:

Student Learning Outcomes

Advanced

competence

Basic

competence

Incomplete

competence

   Demonstrate knowledge of:

       Organizational behavior

26%

58%

16%

       Human resource management

39%

61%0%

       Public budgeting and financial management

76%

12%

12%

       Strategic planning and strategic management

26%

58%

16%

       Program evaluation and performance measurement

33%

67%

0%

       Comparative and case analysis

0%

100%

0%

       Information and network management

26%

58%

16%

   Demonstrate the ability to identify:

       Organizational challenges

26%

58%

16%

   Analyze policies and programs by applying appropriate:

       Information technology and data mgt. tools

10%

40%

50%

       Quantitative and/or qualitative analysis methods

0%

50%

50%

       Ethical research standards

64%

21%

14%

   Appropriately and effectively apply:

       Management theory and organizational analysis

26%

58%

16%

   Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of:

       Public, private, and non-profit sector interactions

33%

67%

0%

       Managing diversity in the global environment

26%

58%

16%

  Demonstrate excellent:

      Verbal communication ability

71%

29%

0%

      Written (expository and analytical) communication                     ability

83%

17%

0% 

Student Satisfaction

Every graduate is asked to rate their satisfaction with the program at the time of their graduation. The information is used by the faculty to identify areas of both excellence and concern, and inform curricular improvements.  These are results from the past three years:

    Agree or strongly agree:


2014-2015


2015-2016


2016-2017

     I gained knowledge and skills applicable to my career

72%

77%

90%

     I improved my ability to write clearly and effectively

92%

77%

74%

     I improved my ability to speak clearly and effectively

86%

62%

80%

     I improved my ability to think logically and analytically

84%

70%

80%

     I improved my problem-solving skills

77%

69%

90%

     I developed leadership skills

70%

77%

78%

     I developed independent learning skills

91%

70%

78%

     I gained understanding of different values and beliefs

88%

85%

90%

     I would do it again if I were starting over

91%

84%

90%

     I would recommend the program to a friend

95%

92%

90%

 

Student Employment

Most graduates worked full time while they studied:

    Employment status while in the MPA program


2014-2015


2015-2016


2016-2017

     Employed full-time

70%

77%

85%

     Employed part-time

12%

8%

13%

     Not employed

18%

15%

6%

 

Employment commitments for UNM MPA students may contribute to the relatively slower rate of progress for students compared to the national average:

Comparisons to NASPAA Accredited MPA Program Averages

    Graduation Rate


NASPAA Average

2014-2015

UNM
2015-2016


UNM
2016-2017

     % graduating within 2x stated time to degree


79%


58%


76%

 

The School is encouraging faster degree completion by offering more assistance and options for completing the capstone requirements, and by ensuring that the courses needed for degree completion are available at optimal times and locations for working adults.

UNM MPA graduates continued their employment, or found new employment at the time of graduation, in the following fields:

Comparisons to NASPAA Accredited MPA Program Averages

    Employment of Graduates

NASPAA Average

2014-2015


UNM
2015-2016


UNM
2015-2016

government (includes health, education)     

36%

62%

81%

nonprofit     

20%

11%

7%

private     

15%

15%

6%

obtaining further education     

3%

5%

2%

unemployed     

4%

7%

4%