Master of Public Administration Degree

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:

Fall 2019

  • Bridging the gap: Public administration theories and the city management profession
  • Farmers’ markets: Creating social capital, building trust and community while fostering civic engagement
  • Grantmaking in Cuyahoga County: Commonalities among health and human service private grantmakers related to sustainability
  • New innovations and social service agencies
  • Public funding influence on nonprofit programming and mission fulfillment
  • The impacts of beautification on urban environments
  • What are the best practices adopted by foster care programs to increase the graduation rate among foster youth?
  • What makes Vision Zero successful? Evaluating Vision Zero policy using the four Es of public administration

Spring 2019

  • A critical analysis of youth homeless policies in the United States
  • Adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Program at Cleveland Municipal School District
  • Affordable on campus university housing
  • A project evaluation of the Ohio Department of Public Health’s 2018 Hepatitis A outbreak response through a performance management system framework analysis
  • Building inclusive boards for arts organizations
  • Challenges to the legitimacy of the administrative state
  • Closing the gap: Hiring practices in employing people with disabilities
  • Commercial property revitalization
  • Democratizing criminal justice: Project implementation plan for criminal defendant wayfinding app
  • Efficacy and equity in public grantmaking
  • Equity in local climate adaption planning
  • Evaluating the Ohio benefits project: Goal achievement and satisfying the four Es
  • How are cities including environmental justice when strategically planning for climate change adaptation and mitigation?
  • Manager or mayor? Assessing the impacts of local government leadership on solid waste services
  • Medical debt: A public crisis
  • Millennials and public service
  • Social media engagement for nonprofits
  • The management values of public administration within special districts
  • The public value in universal child care
  • Use of predictive analytics in higher education: Implementation at Cleveland State University
  • Waste management in local government

Fall 2018

  • Adequacy of public school education funding in Ohio
  • An evaluation of Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s transportation program through the four Es framework: Efficiency, effectiveness, economy, and equity
  • Assessing local efforts to address social determinants of health
  • Body-worn cameras in EMS: A regulatory process for policy-compliance management
  • Evaluation of juvenile justice risk assessment tools using the four es of public administration
  • Generational impact of codes of ethics in nonprofit organizations
  • Place branding strategies to enhance Cleveland’s perception
  • Police regionalization using the FOPA model
  • Taxes “coming out of her wherever”: An examination of sales taxation on menstrual products in Ohio

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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