Program Details

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The CPM Program

Each track is designed to meet the standards established by the National CPM Consortium. Texas State University students may apply for academic credit through applicable university catalogue courses (see conversions below).

Track 1: Public Personnel Administration provides essential information concerning personnel administration. Examples of topics covered may include recruitment/selection, legal personnel issues, organizational culture, performance management, employee engagement, discipline/termination, health/safety, labor relations and collective bargaining, classification, compensation and employee benefits. (Texas State Academic Credit Course Conversion PA 3330 / PA 5330)

Track 2: Managing for Quality explores the practices of building quality into public and non-profit organizations. Examples of topics covered may include scenario planning, strategic planning, system’s thinking, Total Quality Management (TQM), public involvement, crisis management and process improvement. (Texas State Academic Credit Course Conversion PA 3300 / PA 5320)

Track 3: Organizational Communication covers the flow of communication within and external to an organization. Examples of topics covered may include communicating with governing and oversight bodies, barriers to effective communication, dealing with disagreement and conflict, and public engagement. Improving oral and written skills is also covered in this track. (Texas State Academic Credit Course Conversion PHIL 4388 / PHIL 5388)

Track 4: Public Finance & Budgeting provides essential information concerning the practice of public finance and budgeting. Examples of topics covered may include finance methods, budgeting, public sector accounting, grants, debt management, public finance policy issues, cut-back management and auditing. (Texas State Academic Credit Course Conversion PA 3310 / PA 5310)

Track 5: Productivity and Program Evaluation focuses on how to analyze public policy & program evaluation issues. Examples of topics covered may include the tools and techniques of survey research development, performance measurement and benchmarking, productivity improvement, systems analysis, program assessment. (Texas State Academic Credit Course Conversion PA 3350 / PA 5350)

Track 6: Information Systems for Managers presents up to date technology and information systems used by public sector and non-profit sector managers. Examples of topics covered may include social media use and abuse, electronic tools and systems for public engagement, geographic information systems (GIS), SMART cities, automation, cyber security, meeting public expectations and legal requirements related to the use of electronic systems and resources. (Texas State Academic Credit Course Conversion CTE 4310 / CTE 5323)

Track 7: Applied Projects Practicum provides students with the opportunity and tools necessary to prepare a major applied research project related to their organization or area of interest. This track is considered to be the "capstone" of the CPM Program and incorporates lessons and information provided in the 6 other CPM tracks. (Texas State Academic Credit Course Conversion PA 4398 / PA 5388)
 

CPM Track Numbers & Undergraduate/Graduate Course Equivalents

Track #Undergraduate Course NumberGraduate Course
1PA 3330PA 5330
2PA 3300PA 5320
3PHIL 4388PHIL 5388
4PA 3310PA 5310
5PA3350PA 5350
6CTE 4310CTE 5323
7PA 4398PA 5388

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