Kaplan University officials have merged three of the school’s existing departments into a new college of public service. The decision unites Kaplan’s colleges of arts and sciences, public safety, and graduate education into a college that offers a wide variety of degrees, with programs ranging from bachelor’s degrees in psychology to master’s degrees in homeland security and emergency management, all of which share a common thread of serving the public, the Davenport Daily Herald reported.
In a written statement university administrators said that placing all of Kaplan’s 40 public-service focused degrees and certificate programs under one, metaphorical, roof would “equip and empower students with the knowledge and experience to further their careers in the nonprofit or government sectors.”
In a news release Kaplan’s president, Wayne Dyke, said that joining the university’s graduate education, arts and sciences and public safety departments together “provides students greater access to a broader assortment of course offerings and expert faculty”. Dyke also went on to say that he hopes that the new administrative structure will foster collaboration, as well as encourage dialogue and the exchange of ideas among current and future public servants.
Kaplan is marking the opening of the new public service college by establishing the Kaplan University Empowerment Awards for Public Service Teams. The awards recognize the work of government and nonprofit teams in delivering public services in one of six categories: Human Services, Public Administration, Criminal Justice Administration, Homeland Security, Public Education and Fire and Emergency Management.
Nominations for teams are being accepted at the college of public safety’s new website, center-public-service.kaplan.edu, which is being rolled-out in conjunction with the administrative overhaul. Winning teams are able to designate a charity of their choice to receive a $1,000 donation from Kaplan and a maximum 10 team members will receive a complimentary course from the college of public service.
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