Performance Management Summer Workshop

Performance Management Certificate – Summer Workshop

This intensive summer certificate program is designed for those individuals who wish to develop skill sets in managing performance and in fostering innovative changes to deliver greater value to the public. Managerial strategies, organizational change movement, governance thinking, and quantitative analysis are emphasized in the coursework. The certificate will be comprised of four courses (12 credit hours): 

  • PUAD 857: Performance Management and Governance (3 credit hours)
  • The course examines the theories and practices of performance measurement, performance management, and performance budgeting in the public service sector. Case studies and examples include the federal, state, local, and nonprofit sectors in the U.S. as well as national practices from other countries. It also examines the governance and ethical challenges in managing for results. 
  • 10-days on-site meetings on July 6-17.  
  • Beginning with online assignments in June 2020.
  • PUAD 854: Innovation and Organizational Change
    • The course examines theories of innovation and organizational change as applied to public organizations. Particular emphasis is placed on the concepts of innovation in bureaucratic organizations, on the process of successful change in organizations, and on leadership and employees' roles. 
    • Beginning with online assignments in June 2020.
    • 10-days on-site meetings on July 6-17.  
  • PUAD 858: Performance Audit
    • The course examines the practice of performance audit at the national, state, and local levels. Topics include: a) the concept of performance audit and the roles of auditors in performance management; b) performance audit systems and standards at the national, state and local levels; c) performance audit methodologies and techniques; d) the establishment of audit criteria; e) the concept and practice of risk and vulnerability analysis; f) the reporting and communication of performance audit results.
    • 10-days on-site meetings on July 20-31, 2020.  
    • Online assignments in August 2020.  

One course from the following electives:

  • PUAD 861: Data Analytics   
    • The introductory course to data analytics covers exploratory data analysis, data validation and visualization, dimension reduction, regression models, and basic machine learning techniques. It also discusses the political, organizational, and ethical challenges of data analytics usage and the professional responsibilities of public administrators in using these tools. 
    • 10-days on-site meetings on July 20-31.  
    • Online assignments in August 2020. 
  • PUAD 893: Performance Management Research
    • This course works with individual students to develop working papers and a research agenda on performance management and budgeting practice in public service organizations.
    • 10-days on-site meetings on July 20-31.
    • Online assignments in August 2020.

Admissions Information

Application opens:  January 1, 2020

Application submission deadline:  March 15, 2020

Admission recommendations will be communicated mid-April

Applicants for the certificate are required to have:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Provisional admission for those with lower GPAs may be an option for some applicants. International students seeking F-1 status must meet the standards of Regular Admission. Provisional Admission is not sufficient to issue the Form I-20.
  • At least three years of managerial experience or be already admitted to any graduate programs of KU or already have a graduate management or leadership degree from an accredited or internationally recognized institution
  • All non-native English speakers are required to provide proof of English proficiency through one of the following:
    • Graduation with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited English-medium U.S. college or university or a university in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, English-speaking province of Canada, or English-speaking Caribbean country, with instruction conducted in English
    • Applicants who are not native English speakers must meet the AEC Waiver-Level Admission Minima for Campus-Based Programs.  Please refer to KU’s English Proficiency Requirements for Admission to Graduate Study for more information about this minima.
    • Alternatively, non-native speakers who cannot provide the documentation above may request consideration for admission using alternative documentation of English proficiency.  This is a petition process through which we review any documentation you can provide that you feel demonstrates proficiency equivalent to the scores above.  Some examples of what you might include in a packet of alternative documentation include, but are not limited to:
  • Writing samples (applicant as sole author)
  • Videos showing good listening comprehension
  • Documentation of substantial work experience in an English-speaking company or organization in the US or one of the countries listed above
  • Documentation of work experience translating to and from English


Required application materials:

  • KU online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Current resume
  • Proof of English proficiency (for non-native English speakers only)

The admissions committee may request additional materials if needed to assess an applicant’s ability to be successful in the coursework.

Summer Workshop Deadlines

Applications open:  January 1, 2020

Application deadline:  March 15, 2020

Application recommendations will be communicated by mid-April.