MPA@UNC Blog


Why Millennials Are Invaluable to the Public Sector

By the year 2020, millennials will make up almost half of the U.S. workforce. According to The Washington Post, workers younger than 30 make up only 7 percent of the total federal workforce. A survey by Cornerstone OnDemand and WBR Digital reveals that 78 percent of human capital executives admit that they are not effectively training successors...

TRUE CAROLINA BLUE: Matthew Osterhoudt

Matthew Osterhoudt’s passion for public service was inspired by his upbringing in a US Navy family. He grew up along the coasts of Virginia, California, and Hawaii before landing in North Carolina for college...

MPA@UNC’s First Cohort Graduation

On May 9 I had the pleasure of watching the first MPA@UNC cohort take part in the UNC School of Government’s graduation ceremony in Chapel Hill. Eight online students graduated between December 2014 and May 2015, and seven of them traveled to Chapel Hill from all parts of the United States with their families in order to participate in the ceremony...

The Keys to Safer, Bike-Friendlier Communities

When tens of thousands of experienced and not-so-experienced bicyclists hit the nation’s roads this May to celebrate National Bike Month, will they return home safely? The answer depends largely on local policy and planning decisions years in the making. Let’s take a look at what public and nonprofit leaders in large and small communities can learn from three of the bike-friendliest cities in the United States...

City Manager vs. Mayor: Who Runs this Town Anyway?

Most people would agree that city manager and mayor are two of the most prestigious and important positions in local government. Fewer people, however, would be able to give a detailed explanation of the differences between these two positions. When considering the roles, it is good to know which position actually carries more responsibility and decision-making authority...

Inspiring Women in Nonprofit Management

According to a study by the University of Denver and The White House Project, women constitute only 21 percent of leadership roles among nonprofits with budgets in excess of $25 million—even though they make up 75 percent of the workforce. To celebrate the contributions of women who have broken through as leaders in nonprofit management, we’ve assembled a list of accomplished and inspiring women at the top of their game...