MPA Performance Outcomes

  • Overall program assessment is conducted through two instruments, a required Capstone Project completed in the student’s final semester and Peregrine Assessment instrument
  • The formative and summative data, at the course level such as weekly quizzes, oral presentations, and case studies are used as milestone in preparing the students to attain the overall competencies measured in the Program Assessment. This data is gathered from courses throughout each semester of the academic year. The summary of the data gathered, and course assessments serve as milestones each academic year to help us determine if our curriculum is achieving the program’s mission and the public service values.
  • We are able to gauge to the degree to which we have achieved the program’s mission, from data gathered through course-level assessments, the academic success of the students, student feedback surveys and sessions conducted at the end of each semester, and the placement of our students into responsible public sector jobs.
  • Feedback from pertinent and supportive employers and professionals are also used to gather qualitative data related to the program’s mission and embodiment of the public service values.
  • The MPA program at UDC advances knowledge, research, and practice in many ways through experiential learning opportunities. In addition to continuing to produce ethical and competent leaders to serve in the public sector, our faculty conduct research related to public and nonprofit leadership, management and governance in the sector. Faculty are published in respected academic journal


  • Since 1998, the SBPA has been successfully implementing the PATHS (“Paving Access Trails to Higher Security”) program through Institute of Human Service Delivery, which is housed in the School of Business and Public Administration. The Institute provides work readiness and training programs to DC residents and UDC study, PATHS hosted a job fair with the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) and the DC Economic Security Administration (ESA) during the Spring of 2018 that featured 30 employers.  Over 30 job offers were made.  The Institute also held a Hospitality Hiring Event with Aramark and a Clothed For Success clothing bank during the school year.  The clothing bank offers donated professional clothing for both men and women, coats, shoes and toiletries.  While preparing for interviews, students are also able to obtain clothing and additional supplies.  SBPA MPA students received internships in the PATHS program and a number of our graduates are hired by the program.