Date: January 6, 2005
Contact: Chuck Connolly
Phone: (708) 534-4059
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, Illinois, January 6, 2005 - Governors State University announced today that it will deliver the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at the Lansing Police Department, in Lansing, Illinois, with classes beginning January 12, 2005. The cohort is scheduled to run through March 2007.
The program is offered in response to a request by Lansing Police Chief Daniel McDevitt, said Robert Donaldson, M.P.A. program director. Through an interactive process, GSU responded to Chief McDevitt’s desire to provide an opportunity for his personnel and other agency personnel to earn a graduate degree at the headquarters of the Lansing Police Department.
Donaldson said that 30 Illinois and Indiana, local, county and state officers and command personnel have submitted applications.
The MPA Program has tailored its course delivery to meet the needs of working police officers. Students enrolled in the cohort will take 10 traditionally formatted courses – lecture and discussion – one night a week, and three internet courses.
“One night a week classes are standard fare at Governors State,” said Larry Polselli, GSU’s executive director for Enrollment Services. “It’s a paradigm that works well for the majority of our students, who are most often working adults.”
The college will supplement the 10 traditional lecture/discussion courses with three courses delivered over the Internet. This affirms the commitment of the MPA program to meet the needs of local governments to provide graduate degree opportunity for professionals and managers in the public sector.
William Nowlin, Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration, said the college is willing to deliver degree programs at employer or government sites where there is sufficient student interest.
For more information about the Lansing Police Department Master of Public Administration cohort or how to form new cohorts, contact Governors State University’s College of Business and Public Administration at 708-534-4933.