Rio Salado College

Public Administration

Program: Public Administration
Degree or Certificate: Certificate of Completion in Public Administration
Department: Business/Management
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Program specializations:

Not Applicable.

Program mission statement:


The Certificate of Completion in Public Administration is designed to train employees of government agencies and those seeking employment or advancement in government agencies. Students will gain knowledge and skills in the areas of communication, organizational behavior, teamwork and finance as well as computer usage. The history, present, and future of public administration will also be addressed.

Professional accreditation:

Not Applicable.

Test(s) Required for Program Admission:

No test(s) required for program admission.

Face-to-Face Requirements:

There are no face-to-face requirements.

Program Credits/Units to Graduation:

The total amount of credits required for this certificate is 15. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program. Minimum GPA: 2.00

Program learning outcomes:
What Will I Learn?


  • Explain how the trend of government moving to privatization affects intergovernmental relations.
  • Describe the changes in public service over the last thirty years and discuss future trends.
  • Explain the budgeting process and the roles of various public sector budget offices.
  • Summarize financial restraint and auditing in both the public and private sectors.
  • Summarize the following processes: Human resources, performance appraisal, collective bargaining, and grievances.
  • Define equal employment opportunity and cite landmark cases dealing with it.
  • Explain organizational behavior in the public sector.
  • Explain the relationship between attitudes and behavior as well as job satisfaction and behavior.

For the complete alignment of program competencies visit Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation (CCTA).

Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?:

Assessments in the individual courses are tied to lesson objectives as well as course competencies. They include both subjective and objective assessments that challenge students to demonstrate their skill level. Summative assessments (midterm and final exams) are designed to have students apply their knowledge and understanding of key concepts and think critically about how those concepts can be applied to real-life situations.

For the CCL in Public Administration, final assessments/projects for PAD101, PAD107, PAD122, and PAD170 were pulled from RioLearn/Perception, Rio's online grading tool. Of all students in the program who earned a CCL degree during Fiscal Years 2008, 2009, and 2010, the overall final exam/project pass rate for the four classes was 88.03%. 

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Results of External Exams/Assessments: What third-party assessments will measure what I have learned?:

Not Applicable.