TRAINING for public administration at the University of California (at Berkeley) was carried on within the framework of the traditional organization of departments and curriculum. The training was greatly facilitated, however, by the work of the Bureau of Public Administration and by the inauguration in 1930 of a course in public personnel administration conducted jointly by the director of the Bureau of Public Administration and ranking staff members of the State Personnel Board. There was no scheme of selecting students, and training was given on the undergraduate as well as graduate level.1
The creation of a separate school or training division was opposed on the grounds that to prepare students properly for public administration, the cooperation of many university departments was necessary and a separate school would be a barrier to the widest cooperation. The best type of training, it was believed, was essentially the same as the best type of graduate education generally. If a separate school of public administration were to be created, there would be no place to draw the line of inclusion short of the entire university.
Interest in the promotion of training for the public service was most active, however, in the department of political science and in the Bureau of Public Administration; most political science students consciously preparing for a public career tended to concentrate in the public administration group of political science courses.2 The aim of instruction here was to acquaint students with administrative problems; to give them a knowledge of the relevant literature; to cultivate skill in use of____________________