Education for Public Administration: Graduate Preparation in the Social Sciences at American Universities

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CHAPTER 8 HARVARD UNIVERSITY

THE CREATION of a new Graduate School of Public Administration at Harvard was an attempt to coordinate and develop the university's interests in training for public administration. The new school had its own faculty, curriculum, students, and building although none of these belonged exclusively to the school. The faculty were also members of the department of government, the department of economics, the Graduate School of Business Administration, the Law School, or the School of Public Health. Each of the courses had a double listing--in the Graduate School of Public Administration1 and in one of the above departments of the university. The students registered in the graduate school were chiefly administration fellows and Littauer fellows,2 selected for their fitness for administrative careers, but other graduate students were admitted freely to the school's courses. The student body was intended to be a highly selected group.

Each student had an individual program of study including some work in the new school and some in other departments. Students registered in the school who completed an approved program received a certificate; they were also free to qualify for established Harvard degrees. The Littauer Center contained offices, seminar rooms, a statistical laboratory, and a library for the faculty and students of the school but not for them alone. All students enrolled in the seminars used the building; the special library of documentary and other materials in government and administration was generally available to graduate students; all faculty members giving graduate work in government and economics had offices in the center; and some graduate courses in economics and government in addition to the school's seminars were held at the center.


Purpose and Philosophy

The prime purpose of the Graduate School of Public Administration was to train men for administrative careers and for administrative

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The terms "school," "graduate school," and "school of public administration" as used in this chapter refer to the Graduate School of Public Administration. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is distinguished by its full title.
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See below, pp. 227.

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