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
Potential Elements: Goals
Significant learning experiences
Compilation of activities and projects
Categorized by competencies (State of Kansas, Canadian Civil Service, ICMA)
Resources: Faculty portfolio coordinator
Faculty (to be used as a tie to academic setting during the intern year)
Members of previous MPA classes
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?