The Advent of the Street Level Bureaucrat in the Classroom — New Challenges for Graduate Urban Management Education– by Stephen G. Harding

"Labor agreements, archaic management practices and outdated human resource class and comp requirements set the stage for this wave of new, somewhat reluctant, graduate students. Beyond their own job performance, they have to demonstrate more. Even for long term-seasoned professionals, no new credential means no promotion and no pay raise. They’ve hit the career and... Continue Reading →

Beyond Technocracy — Civics, Culture and Public Service, by Stephen G. Harding (PA Times)

  "in the early 1990’s the image of the faceless governmental bureaucrat, top-down, regulatory minded,  'Administrative Man' was hypothetically replaced. Enter the champion of the New Public Management, the market driven “Economic Man. He is Reinventing Government---" "An expanded educational approach to civics and cultural literacy may serve to combat this narrow approach to governance. ... Continue Reading →

MPP & MPA Programs in California–Can Good City Management be Taught? by Ken Pulskamp & Wade McKinney (Western City Magazine, April 2015)

"There is an innate challenge in teaching something as complex as city management. It’s not just public finance and organizational behavior, not by a long shot. It’s a delicate balance of practical skills, political savvy, on the job experience, and service. Here in California, we are fortunate to have a plethora of top tier institutions... Continue Reading →

Higher Education Is Drowning in BS And it’s mortally corrosive to society, by Christian Smith, professor of sociology– the University of Notre Dame.

For those of you that have focused attention spans, this article is worth your time. I find truth in many, if not most, of the authors assertions. Over the years, I have adjuncted in four universities, guest lectured at another three and have also instructed in extension courses, including an OLLI program, at still another.... Continue Reading →

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