PORTFOLIO PROJECT UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS GRADUATE PROGRAM IN PUBLIC ADMINSTRATION

"The one who attempts to be an artist and has not learned the craft is never going to be an artist"

—Diana K. Osburn, Ed. A Joseph Campbell Companion

 

Purpose: To provide students a framework for continual personal and professional development

 

Characteristics:        Unique

Personal/Professional

Creative

Goal oriented

Current/on going

Reflective

 

Potential Elements: Goals

Resume

Class Projects

Work Projects

Observation

Significant learning experiences

Source references

Reflections

 

Format:                      Journal

Compilation of activities and projects

Categorized by competencies (State of Kansas, Canadian Civil Service, ICMA)

Reflective essays

 

Resources:                 Faculty portfolio coordinator

Faculty (to be used as a tie to academic setting during the intern year)

Mentors

Supervisors

Members of previous MPA classes

Administrative Director

 

Other Resources: The Reflective Manager: How Professionals Think in Action by Donald A. Schon, Basic Books, Inc.

"Leadership Skill Development Requires Practice," David Maxwell, pp. 19-20, IPMA-HR News, March 2003.

State of Kansas Competencies: http://da.state.ks.us/ps/subject/comp/default.htm Canadian Civil Service Competencies: http://www.coach.gc.ca/webs/overview/structure.asp

ICMA Competencies: www.icma.org .

Student portfolios in KU Public Administration office

Student portfolio online at http://www.geocities.com/mrkrothert

 

Questions guiding portfolio development:

What are my goals and where do I want to be?

What is my present level of learning and what gaps in learning do I hope to fill in the near to immediate future?

Over the past (day, week, month, year), what has been my significant learning?

What are the experiences that have changed me?

How does my portfolio reflect that learning?