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Public Administration Now a School

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By Chad Binette and Karen Guin

The University of Central Florida's nationally ranked Department of Public Administration has been designated as a school, a reflection of the department's accomplishments and excellence.

UCF Provost and Executive Vice President Tony Waldrop informed the university's Board of Trustees of the new designation this week.

Public Administration offers 22 graduate and undergraduate programs and serves nearly 1,000 students.

In addition to degrees in public administration, the school offers an awarding-winning online graduate program in nonprofit management and an interdisciplinary graduate program in urban and regional planning.

This fall, the school added a unique online graduate program in research administration.

"It's the only program in the country to prepare students to administer grants in all disciplines of research that attract external funding," said Mary Ann Feldheim, the school's director.

The school also is a leader in emergency management research, funded by several federal grants. One grant supported the development of a nationally recognized emergency management plan for the university and neighboring community.

The school's Center for Public and Nonprofit Management has earned about $4 million in external funds and helped more than 200 nonprofit organizations. The center routinely pairs faculty members and graduate students to provide nonprofits with invaluable technical assistance.

"This is an amazingly innovative department," College of Health and Public Affairs Dean Michael Frumkin told the trustees.

The school currently has 16 full-time faculty members who frequently published articles in leading journals and make presentations at national and international conferences. Among them is Kuotsai "Tom" Liou, who also is president-elect of the American Society for Public Administration.

Public Administration is one of eight UCF graduate programs nationally ranked byU.S. News & World Report.

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