(July 6, 2012) -- The UTSA College of Public Policy (COPP) and the San Antonio Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) have partnered to create the inaugural Professional Development Institute (PDI). The purpose of the Institute is to equip San Antonio’s emerging leaders with the skills required to effectively meet the demands of executive positions in the public sector.
The partnership is instrumental in enhancing and strengthening community engagement and civic participation, an integral part of the mission of the College of Public Policy.
“The collaboration with NFBPA supports one of our College’s major goals related to diversity and fostering civic engagement among African Americans and Latinos,” said Rogelio Saenz, dean of COPP.
A commencement ceremony for the students enrolled in the inaugural session was held in June, with San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley as the keynote speaker. UTSA students Layla McKinnon and Saressa Thorson were among the institute’s first graduates. Several others were UTSA alumni. The remaining participants included employees of the City of San Antonio, San Antonio Water System and CPS Energy.
The inaugural Institute was taught by District Two Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, who also serves as a non-tenure track full-time faculty member in the Department of Public Administration. Participants were instructed in topics such as community leadership, 21st century trends, ethics, transparency, and accountability for public administrators. Guest speakers included State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon and SA2020 CEO Darryl Byrd.
NFBPA San Antonio Chapter President David McCary said, “We are excited. This is a defining moment for the San Antonio Chapter, and we look forward to developing future leaders through our Professional Development Institute. NFBPA San Antonio is dedicated to ensuring all PDI graduates master their craft in public service.”
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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