Public Policy Research and Administration : A Proposal for Educational Innovation.
A proposal to the University of Michigan by its Advisory Council on Public Administration for a two-year master's degree program in public administration. With a purchasing power of 22.5 percent of the gross national product and employment of nearly 12 million people, the government increasingly needs more trained top-level administrators than current graduate programs can produce (fewer than 1000 yearly). Also, graduates face obsolescence in skills due to educational and research lags in their field. The proposed program would provide two terms of full-time course work in analytic tools and decisionmaking techniques, a practicum as a salaried summer employee in a governmental unit, and two terms of applications to actual government problems. Supporting the program would be an interdisciplinary fundamental and applied research program, a certificate program for midcareer and continuing professionals, and recruitment of students from a wide range of academic interests. 23 pp.