Core Competences Taught in Evergreen’s MPA Program The key knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs)
K1. An understanding of the history, economics, politics, theories (mainstream and otherwise), legal frameworks and best practices of democratic public administration. For the tribal concentration students, add an understanding of the above pertaining to tribal governance that support culturally, economically, politically and socially sustainable tribal communities.
K2. An understanding of government structures, processes and intergovernmental relations amongst and between those who administer for the public good: tribes, state, local, federal, nonprofits and for-profits. For the tribal concentration students, add an understanding of these and how they support tribal sovereignty through coalition-building and positive relations between tribes, state, local, federal, nonprofits and for-profits.
K3. An understanding, and appreciation, of the dynamic and crucial relationships amongst and between citizens and their governments. For the tribal concentration students, add understanding of the concept of dual citizenship.
K4. An understanding of the practices of management and administrative systems that maximize socially and economically just, democratic public service. For the tribal concentration students, this includes recognizing the role and values of traditional governance systems as well as externally imposed systems.
K5. An understanding of the practices of budgeting and finance systems that maximize socially and economically just, democratic public service. For the tribal concentration students, add while developing financial strategies to benefit future generations.
K6. An understanding of policy creation, analysis and implementation. For the tribal concentration students, add as these occur within the framework of laws, processes and legislative institutions specific to tribal governments.
K7. An understanding of the importance of research and analysis (including indigenous research) for administrative, developmental, community-based, policy and other public purposes.
K8. An understanding of different learning and work styles and how these translate into practices in organizational and community life.
K9. An understanding of team dynamics and the importance of working effectively in team and collaborative situations.
K10. The recognition of the importance of a strong personal and professional code of ethics that supports socially and economically just, democratic public service.
K11. The recognition of inequities, differential impacts of policies and actions, differing definitions of fairness and equity, an understanding power dynamics and that those with less power need to be a part of designing solutions.
K12. For tribal concentration students an understanding of international institutions and processes relevant to indigenous nations and the ability to participate in those arenas to build relationships and advocate for human rights.
Skills and Abilities
S&A1. The ability to communicate and work effectively in teams and collaborative situations.
S&A2. The ability to write and communicate clearly and effectively in a variety of settings and situations.
S&A3. The ability to work across significant differences and through conflict.
S&A4. The ability to practice, budgeting and finance systems and practices that maximize socially and economically just, democratic public service.
S&A5. The ability to practice active, respectful listening and to effectively facilitate/negotiate people listening to and communicating with each other.
S&A6. The ability to think and work independently; to ask difficult questions and seek the answers.
S&A7. The ability to be flexible (“nimbleness”) and acceptance of ambiguity and complexity; to identify and create strategies to remove barriers to positive change.
S&A8. The ability to perform policy creation, analysis and implementation. For tribal concentration students, add the ability to perform these skills through developing and honing inclusive legislative and other policy processes, and skill in the choice and application of qualitative and quantitative techniques with in a framework of indigenous research.
S&A9. The ability to perform research and analysis (including indigenous research) for administrative, developmental, community-based, policy and other public purposes. For tribal concentration students, add the ability to perform original research and analysis within the framework of indigenous research that focuses on achieving the political, economic, cultural and community-based goals that contribute to sustainable tribal communities and the application of assessment and monitoring methods through the period of implementation.
S&A10. The ability to engage in socially and economically just, democratic public service that is grounded in a strong personal and professional code of ethics.
S&A11. The ability to recognize inequities, assess differential impacts of policies and actions, recognize differing definitions of fairness and equity, and ensure that those with less power are included and part of designing solutions.
S&A12. The ability to create organizational designs for atypical institutions and to “think outside the box.”
For tribal concentration students also add the following:
S&A13. The ability construct, implement and assess strategies for taxation, contracting, permitting and fees that support community goals while encouraging entrepreneurship.
S&A14. The ability to develop business plans, strategies, structures for the financial management or tribally-owned corporations.
S&A15. Skill in oversight of tribally-owned corporations including completing or selecting appropriate cost-benefit analysis studies, feasibility studies, long-range planning and the development of effective business management structures.
S&A16 Skill and ability in managing and facilitating a positive environment for small business creation and applying financial and technical tools to encourage entrepreneurship through individual business, nonprofit and coop structures.
S&A17. Ability to develop leadership styles that are inclusive, dynamic and culturally appropriate for working within and outside the tribal community.