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Public Service Administration Project

Project Director: John Pasco

CPPSR develops, implements and facilitates customized instructional programs to promote enhanced public services. Through specialized curricula of professional development, education and training for public servants, CPPSR supports the economic and community development of participating cities, towns and regions.

The Project has two divisions, Municipal and Regional which serves CT public servants, and International, which brings best theory and practices in public administration to delegations of public servants from other nations. Additionally the US-China Center, an affiliate under the CPPSR umbrella, provides similar programming targeted at public servants of China.



Municipal and Regional Division

CT's 169 cities and towns are endowed with powers of home rule, and each typically maintains separate staff for various key aspects of local government. CPPSR works and collaborates with associations and agencies that reach and represent public servants throughout the state:

Connecticut Town Clerks Association/International Institute of Municipal Clerks professional certification program

Connecticut Association of Zoning Enforcement Officials  professional certification program

Second Step program for public/private school teachers and professional staff

CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) /Municipal Inland Wetlands Commissioners Comprehensive Training Program


International Division

Oyo State, Nigeria Public Administrators Program

CPPSR has hosted several groups of public administrators from Oyo State, Nigeria (and is currently in exploratory discussions with other nations) for specially tailored programs showcasing best practices and theory in public service delivery. Making use of CCSU's expert faculty as well as exemplary field practitioners, general and specific areas of instruction are targeted based on the identified needs of the visiting cohort.

Since 2002, the US-CC at CCSU, sharing programmatic resources and operating as a CPPSR affiliate, has conducted successful training programs for public officials from Shandong Province (CT's officially designated sister state in China since 1986) and several other Chinese provinces and cities.

These professional training programs have provided participants with a solid understanding of contemporary American public policy and administration along with related issues such as: economic development, efficiency and effectiveness in providing governmental services, marine economy etc.

US-CC has also offered programs in educational management and leadership, TESOL teaching methodology and other education related programs. Both short and long term programs have been conducted and these have oftentimes been combined with high-level internships at state agencies and relevant businesses, providing the participants with hands-on experience of the concepts and issues discussed in the classroom.

Classes are taught by expert CCSU faculty and faculty from other universities, invited subject-matter experts and representatives from government agencies and the state legislature. Translated material and professional classroom interpretation make classes highly interactive. Classes are complemented with field visits and other off-campus and recreational activities.


Academy for CT Town Clerks


International Programs