PS Newsletter Vol. 6, No. 1 Fall 1999

MPA Program News

The MPA program continues to flourish. Enrollments in the program dropped off somewhat a few years ago, but began increasing in 1998 and continued to do so this year. Some eighteen new students began study in fall 1999 and an additional six began study in the summer session. The program is offering a full schedule of seven graduate PADM classes with five of the seven classes at or near capacity.

The mix of MPA concentrations has gradually been changing for the last few years. Five years ago, about one-third to one-half of the students in the program were community health (COHE) concentrators. Currently for a variety of reasons COHE forms only a small percentage of all concentrators. Recently, students have been concentrating in human resource management, state and local administra- tion, planning, and public policy. A new addition to PADM classes has been PhD students in the new PhD coastal resources management (CRM) doctoral program. Eight newly admitted CRM students are enrolled in Dr. Mangun's Environmental Administration (PADM 6162) class this fall.

The MPA program continues to be very attractive to


area administrators whether they work for local or state government, nonprofit agen-cies, or area health agencies. Approximately three fourths of the students in the program are in-service, taking one or two classes a semester. They drive to Greenville from as far away as Manteo and Jacksonville. The program admits students to begin study in fall, spring, and summer sessions. And it is not too late now to apply for January admission to the program.

The current academic year is the program's self-study year, and the 2000-2001 academic year is the MPA program's NASPAA reaccreditation year. As part of the self-study, MPA faculty takes a long, hard look at the program and identifies strengths to be trumpeted and weaknesses to be corrected. In the next few months, the MPA faculty will be contacting MPA alumnae to gather information about their perceptions of the program. This information will be incorporated in the program's self-study report, which will be filed with NASPAA on September 1, 1999. The NASPAA site visitation team will then come to ECU some time in the spring of 2000. A positive reaccreditation decision means the program is accredited for a term of seven years.

For more information, please contact 
Dr. Carmine Scavo, MPA Director, at 
252-328-6130 or 
MPA Program adds Third Muskie/FSA Fellow

The MPA program received funding for the third Muskie/Freedom Support Act Fellow who began working toward the master of public administration this fall. Joining second-year students Shokhrat Orazov (Turkmenistan) and Arevik Saribekyan (Armenia) is Yelena Sazonova (Russia), a first year student.

Yelena comes to ECU from Ekaterinburg, Russia where she worked for a pharmaceutical company. She is planning to concentrate in international development and will return to Russia when she completes her MPA degree.

The Muskie/Freedom Support Act provides financial support for graduate students from the former Soviet Union to pursue master of public administration and several other graduate degrees in U.S. universities. After completion of the MPA degree, our Muskie/FSA students will return to their home countries to become professional public administrators.

Political Science Department
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Contact: Rick Kearney