Students and professors within the master’s of public administration (MPA) at Southern Utah University are cosponsoring Utah Nonprofits Association (UNA) Outcome Measurement Conference on campus, Thursday, November 1.
“With the SUU MPA Program now providing an emphasis in nonprofit management, the conference showcases our ability to support coursework beyond the classroom,” said Patricia Keehley, director of MPA Program. “We hope to draw students from a variety of graduate and undergraduate degree programs to become more involved with nonprofit organization throughout southern Utah and this is a great way to expose them to such organizations.”
The SUU MPA Program has recently undergone major changes to effectively prepare its students for the working world. Along with nonprofit management, it is now featuring three other areas of emphasis—state and local government, criminal justice and student services.
“Now that we offer a variety of elective courses throughout the program we can provide a more in-depth study of each area,” said Keehley. “This will help students fine-tune their career objectives and gather the knowledge that most closely relates to their interests.”
Along with other master’s programs on SUU campus, the MPA Program gives students flexibility in their education, allowing them to pursue a master’s degree from virtually any location. Following a trial run last year, the MPA program now offers several online courses and will be offered in addition to traditional on-campus courses, which are held in the evenings to accommodate working students.
“SUU is the only university within Utah that offers students to receive their MPA online,” explained Keehley. “The online program is geared toward working professionals and students with families who seek to advance their degree without disrupting daytime schedules or who live in remote locations.”
To help expand opportunities beyond the classroom, the MPA Program will begin the conference at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Charles Hunter Room of the Hunter Conference Center. The conference is free and open to students and the general public.