Spring Semester Professional Development Opportunities

The Public Administration Program at SF State will be offering Spring Semester courses that are perfect for professional Development.  Non SFSU students may register through the College of Extended Learning.

Course Descriptions and Information are below.

PA 709- Logistic Regression (AKA Advanced SPSS) (1 Unit Course)
Saturday, April 16, 23 and 30 from 9:00am- 1:30pm
Instructor: Carol Silverman
SF State’s Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, Room 677, SF, CA
Course Description:This course provides an introduction to advanced functions in SPSS, designed to get users familiar with basic functions “to the next level.” Topics include variable transformations, simple macros, file management and merges, writing syntax statements and logistic regression techniques. No advanced mathematical or statistical knowledge is required for this section, but basic familiarity to SPSS is required.

P A 747: Organizational Ethics: Doing Good, Being Good (1 Unit Course)
Saturday, March 9 and 15th from 9:00am –– 5:00 pm
Instructor: Joel Mackey
SF State’s Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, Room 677, SF, CA
Course Description: This two-day course examines ethical behavior in nonprofit organizations.  Starting with an overview of ethical theories, the course provides a forum for students to discuss a range of ethical values and principles that surface in nonprofit management.  The course engages public sector ethical concerns by exploring issues relate to the regulatory environment, the concept of public trust, and broader accountability concerns.

 PA 763-Personal Leadership Development (1 Unit Course)
Saturday, March 12, April 9 and May 7 from 9:00am-1:30pm
SF State’s Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, Room 677, SF, CA
Instructor: Troy Liddi
Course Description: In this course, students will begin a personal leadership journey, starting with a self-evaluation of their current leadership practices. It guides students through a set of exercises meant to develop their personal leadership goals with one of five levels of leadership. At the end of the course, students will have created a personal leadership development plan and identified practices to help guide their leadership journeys. 

PA 790- Special Topics: Administering Tax and Debt Policies
Hybrid Class-Meeting days: Wednesday, February 10, February 24, March 9, April 13, April 27, and May 11 from 6:00-8:45pm
SF State’s Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, Room 677, SF, CA
Instructor: Janey Wang
Course Description:
Students in this course will learn how the California tax system will be more appropriate for the 21st century economy and less susceptible to the recent recession. Throughout the course, students will gain knowledge of how the government can shift the cost of its infrastructure from General Fund to debt financing, and how tax and debt policies impact nonprofit organization.