Master of Public Administration

Capstone Topics & Research

Master of Public Administration

UST 692 is a generalist public administration capstone seminar that provides a final common experience for MPA students. In this course, students integrate learning from the MPA core curriculum with professional practices encountered in public and nonprofit organizations. Students prepare and defend a capstone paper. The following is a list of capstone projects that have been prepared & presented by MPA students:

Spring 2017

  • Creating Community Solutions Panels
  • Making a Difference by Creating Alliances: Achieving Intersectionality within the Nonprofit Sector through an Applicable Collaboration Model
  • Public Policy Implementation to Reduce Credit Score Discrimination: Beyond Enacting Legislation to Reduce Socioeconomic Disparities
  • Policy Analysis of Unfunded Government Mandates: An evaluation of government programs to create an electric vehicle charging system infrastructure in California
  • Citizen Participation and the Community Development Block Grant Process in the Inner-Ring Suburbs of Cleveland
  • The Paradigmatic Roles of State Budget Officers 
  • The Heroin Epidemic: Law Enforcement’s Role
  • From Theory to Practice: Using School-Based Management to Improve Chronic Absenteeism in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • A Green City on a Blue Lake: A Policy Analysis of Green Energy in Cleveland
  • The Achievement Project
  • Determining the Level of Equity Within Social Security Disability
  • Deliberative Democracy: Micro-deliberative Applications

Fall 2016

  • Spillover Effects: Analysis to Determine if Economic Development  & Land Use Propels Gentrification in Other Areas
  • The Peculiar Family: Exposing ‘Blaming the Victim’ Policies
  • Accessibility in Higher Education: Going Above and Beyond the Legal Minimum
  • Grandparent Caregivers’ Limited Financial Resources
  • Cleveland Voices: Technology in Modern Museums
  • Ban the Box: Fair Chance Hiring Legislation and Unintended Consequences
  • Nonprofit Hybrid Organizations and their Implications: What are they, how they interact, and at what cost?
  • Mass Incarceration: Cuyahoga County Community Cares Initiative
  • Public Participation & Electric Vehicle Policy: A review of public participation and its role in creating and implementing electric vehicle policy
  • Municipal Home Rule and Breed Specific Legislation
  • Public Service Education: Enhancing the Regula Center for Public Service
  • Organ Trafficking and the Public Policies that Affect it
  • Collaborative Efforts to Address Human Trafficking: A Local Solution to a Global Crisis
  • Reusing Historic Buildings: Connecting Historic Preservation to Environmental Sustainability
  • Racing toward Gigabit Internet: The Role of Cities in Fiber Broadband Infrastructure
  • Political Bias: Is Politics a Factor in Local Government?
  • Infant Mortality: Mitigating the Gaps

Before Fall 2016

  • Cleveland Hopkins Airport: A Vision for the Future by Chris Corrigan
  • Using Best Public Administration Practices for Promoting EITC by Marlene Perdan
  • Picturing Change: Self-Documentary Photography & the Search for Social Equity in Public Administration by Seth Beattie
  • No Board Member Left Behind: Raising the Standard for School Board Governance by Lori Chick
  • At Your Service: Patterns of Citizen Interaction With City Managers by Mark Medlar
  • Performance Measurement in Public and Nonprofit Social Service Agencies by Rachel Singer
  • The Legitimacy of the Administrative State & the Social Security Administration by Frank Wagner
  • Implementation of Outcome Measurement in Small Nonprofits by Steve Greenwell
  • The Few, The Proud, the Brave: The Under-representation of Black Women in City Management by Tanisha Briley
  • Eminent Domain as an Economic Development Tool by Peter Bishop
  • Ohio's Term Limits: More Harm than Good? by Ellie Sullivan
  • Think like a Business with the Heart of a Charity by Julie Scarsella
  • The Heroes Among Us: Mythical Adventures of Nonprofit Organizations by Rachael Balanson
  • The Future of Wireless Broadband: Implications for Economic Development in the Knowledge-based Economy by Brian Iorio

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