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Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, MPNL

Student Outcomes

Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome MPNL 1 MPNL Nonprofit Ethics and Values

Students will appreciate the role that key values, including trust, stewardship, service, social justice and civic engagement play in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Underlying all of this learning, students will gain an understanding of the importance of ethical conduct in the field.
Objective 24 The mission of the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration is to educate students for lives of active citizenship as contributing members of their local, regional, national, and global communities, and for professional careers in philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. Therefore, we have designed our curriculum to focus on developing our graduates' capacity for ethical judgment, critical thinking, and core competencies needed to fulfill multiple roles as effective managers in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. To this end, the following measures are defined: -Comprehend and apply managerial roles. -Recognize and apply various theories and approaches to leadership -Explain and recognize the environment of public and nonprofit organizations.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
A sampling of the comprehensive papers from the Winter 2019 term were assessed by members of the MPNL faculty team.

2017 Status
Achieved
Our review of the Comprehensive Project essays in 2017 demonstrated substantial progress towards this goal.

Measure 2

2019 Status
Achieved
Papers completed for the culminating experience were reviewed. Four MPNL students graduated in 2018-19 and participated in the course. All four papers were reviewed.

2018 Status
Not Yet Achieved
Papers will be collected and reviewed in Fall 2018.

Outcome MPNL 2 MPNL Comprehend Leadership Roles and Responsibilities

Students will deepen their understanding of the important roles that nonprofit boards and executive play in ensuring that organizations are well-governed. They will be able to explain the distinctive roles played by both boards and staff in nonprofit organizations in advancing the mission
Objective 23 The mission of the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration is to educate students for lives of active citizenship as contributing members of their local, regional, national, and global communities, and for professional careers in public and nonprofit organizations. Therefore we have refined our curriculum to meet the needs of our MPNL students specifically by developing in our graduates the capacity for ethical judgment, critical thinking, and core competencies needed to fulfill multiple roles as effective managers and public servants. To this end, the following measures are defined: -Comprehend and apply managerial roles. -Recognize and apply various theories and approaches to leadership -Explain and recognize the environment of public, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Not Yet Achieved
This online simulation was utilized for the first time in the Fall 2018 course. Student feedback was mixed and it will continue to be refined and utilized again in the Fall 2019 semester.

Objective 25 The Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program is dedicated to providing our students the competencies needed to think critically, use analytical skills in routine and unanticipated instances to solve a problem, as well as the skills to make decisions in the best interest of their organizations and communities.

Outcome MPNL 3 MPNL Perspectives on the Sector

Students will gain an understanding of the important role that the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors have played in the United States and Internationally. Specifically, students will learn:
Significant theories that underlie the creation of the voluntary sector in America;
The size, impact and contextual influences on philanthropy, voluntarism and the nongovernmental sector; and
the evolving role of philanthropic, nonprofit, voluntary and civil society organizations in relation to other sectors.
Objective 26 One of the MPNL's key objectives is to provide our students the competencies needed in today's changing workforce and to provide historical context for the role of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in the United States. Students will understand the origin of the sectors and the development of these sectors over time.

Outcome MPNL 5 MPNL Advocacy and Public Policy

Students will gain proficiency with the role that nonprofit organizations play in effecting social change and the public policymaking process.
Objective 22 Our faculty believes that a working knowledge of public policy, and the ways in which nonprofit and philanthropic organizations mobilize their constituents to achieve societal change is essential to being a good citizen and manager of public, nonprofit or health organizations.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
All but one student enrolled in the course in Fall 2018 achieved a B or higher on this assignment.

Outcome MPNL 6 MPNL Research Competency

Students in the MPNL will demonstrate competency in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as in ethical research practices.
Objective 28 Understanding the use of data and information is key to being a successful manager in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. In line with this objective, MPNL students will demonstrate mastery of quantitative and qualitative research methods prior to their successful completion of the program.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Not Yet Achieved
To date, all students who have taken this course in 2018 have successfully completed the modules.