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The faculty of the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration adopted a Student Learning Portfolio as an MPA program requirement, which took effect in Fall 2002. In Spring 2007, the faculty adopted significant changes to the process, content and organization of the (SLP). These changes are effective Fall 2007.

This Portfolio will help you to gain the greatest possible benefit from the MPA Program. It will also help you to show case your professional talents for the greater public policy and administration community.

We are confident that your Student Learning Portfolio will strongly contribute to your success in the MPA Program.

PPA 697

Students who are planning on registering for PPA 697 must complete the PPA 697 Declaration of Intent form. Please complete the form and submit it to SSPA-228. The information supplied on the form will be used to issue your permit to enroll in PPA 697. This process will allow the Department to match the interests of students who plan on completing the research project option with faculty members who share similar research interests.

MPA Student Learning Portfolio Handbook and Forms



Important Dates:

Spring Semester:

May 1, at 11:59 p.m. Case Studies submitted to Beachboard

May 15, Portfolio Due

Fall Semester:

December 1, at 11:59 p.m. Case Studies submitted to Beachboard

December 15, Portfolio Due


  1. You must have obtained a completed Demonstration of Mastery form (approved by both the original instructor and a second faculty) for each of your Portfolio assignments from PPA 555, 577, 660, 670, 696, and 697 before you can exercise the Portfolio option
    • To begin the approval process, you must submit the original, graded copy of the assignment (don't worry if there are instructor comments on it) with the syllabus and grading criteria to the original instructor (see Portfolio Handbook).
    • If the original instructor is no longer here, ask for help from the full-time faculty who teach in that field.
    • If no assignment was specified on the original syllabus, the lead instructor in that field among the full-time faculty will designate which assignment should be considered for the Portfolio. This assignment is the only one that will be accepted from all students in that class.
    • If no grading criteria were specified on the original syllabus, the lead instructor in that field among the full-time faculty will determine the acceptability of the assignment for the Portfolio. This will apply to all students in that class.
  2. You must assemble your entire Portfolio with all the required forms and assignments in the proper order (see Portfolio Handbook).
  3. You will be advised of the status of your final review within two weeks. Any required revisions must be completed and judged acceptable before the deadline for turning in grades.
  4. PPA will notify Enrollment Services when you have successfully completed the portfolio, so that they may begin the process to clear you for graduation.
  5. If you have already completed all your courses and are not taking any courses during the semester you complete the Portfolio, you will need to register for one unit of GS-700 through CCPE. You must be currently registered the semester that you complete the Portfolio and/or graduate, including Fall or Spring semesters or Summer session.