Public Affairs

Providing Programs for Public Administration

September 8, 2011
By Stephanie Thara

With 23 campuses spanning from Humboldt State University in the north to San Diego State University in the south, the CSU has developed a number of programs to thoroughly prepare students to work in public administration. Additionally, campuses house facilities that not only offer students a firsthand look at legislation in action, but assist the community with needs relating to public administration.
Some key programs and facilities include:

Sacramento State's Center for California StudiesSacramento State houses the Center for California Studies (one of the state’s only multidisciplinary, university-based institutes addressing California policy issues) and the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media (a go-to resource for political reporters throughout the state seeking expert analysis on candidates and issues). Additionally, the university offers students the Capital Fellows Program and Sacramento Semester, which give students unprecedented access to the largest state government in the country through legislative internships.

Cal Poly Pomona ranks second in the nation for maintaining the best urban and regional planning undergraduate programs among private and public schools, according to Planetizen, a leading online publication for the urban planning, design, and development community.

San Francisco State's Willie L. Brown, Jr. Leadership CenterThe Willie L. Brown, Jr. Leadership Center at San Francisco State provides students the opportunity to gain professional experience working in the public sector, while preparing a diverse, qualified and well-educated workforce for Bay Area public agencies. The center also offers a speaker series and leadership programs for working professionals in the public sector.

The California African American Political and Economic Institute at CSU Dominguez Hills is a training center that studies the dynamics of African American political and economic contributions and political leadership in California.

CSU Bakersfield’s Public Service Institute (PSI) makes available resources and expertise to public, nonprofit and health care agencies in the southern San Joaquin Valley. PSI provides technical, supervisory, managerial and leadership training, as well as policy analysis and program evaluation. In addition, the Institute offers international linkages that benefit CSUB students and practitioners in the service region.

Cal State L.A.'s Pat Brown InstituteThe Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A. is a non-partisan public policy center that convenes public policy forums, engages multi-sector stakeholders and diverse communities, and conducts policy research and community-driven initiatives.

The Institute of Governmental Research and Training in CSU East Bay’s Department of Public Affairs and Administration sponsors training workshops and conducts research in public policy and administration. Regionally, the institute provides training for public administrators and offers consulting and research services to government organizations.