The Nonprofit Administration Program welcomed its first cohort in fall 2006. The creation of the Nonprofit Administration (NPA) Program was supported by two grants from the Council of Graduate Schools and the Ford Foundation. The NPA Program was developed by faculty at John Carroll University, in five different academic departments. Thus from its creation it truly has been interdisciplinary in its approach. The NPA Program was developed to assist leaders through the development of administrative skills needed in the nonprofit sector.
John Carroll faculty created surveys and held focus groups to determine whether there was a demand for a program with a focus in nonprofit administration and how such a program should be designed. The original Faculty Advisory Board also sought advice from outside organizations to determine what skills and knowledge they would like to see graduate students develop in the program.
There were 25 students in the first cohort and today that number has grown to more than 35. Students enrich the program by sharing their experiences from diverse backgrounds. Many students work for nonprofit organizations, but others bring for-profit business and public sector work experience to the group as well.
Since the program’s creation in 2006, the members of the faculty board and the current students have changed, but the program’s mission has stayed the same. The NPA Program strives to shape the nonprofit service providers of today into skilled nonprofit leaders of the future through proven techniques both from the Jesuit service-oriented and liberal arts tradition as well as cutting-edge practices from the Boler School of Business.