CPM Colleague Groups (Cohorts)

You can complete the nationally-accredited Certified Public Manager® Program in 18 months as part of a cohort. This group attends classes collectively, 2 days per month, becoming Certified Public Managers together.

The 2015-2016 Colleague Group begins January 2015

In a Colleague Group you will complete all requirements needed to become a Certified Public Manager, with the following added benefits:

  • Collegiality
    You will participate in the entire program with the same group; this allows you to develop professional networks and to work on group projects.
  • Responsiveness
    The curriculum will be tailored to the needs of the class; information from the first sessions will be used to select instructional materials that respond to your individual and agency-specific needs.
  • Easier registration, fewer decisions
    You only have to register once, and you will not have to choose between elective classes, or be concerned that the class you need is not available in a given semester.
  • Cost savings
    Offering a colleague-based program in a government facility saves significant program administration costs. We pass those savings on to you. The cost of this program is less than if you were to register for classes on an individual basis.

Expectations of a Colleague Group participant

In addition to attending 32 days of class, a participant is required to:

  • complete pre-class assignments,
  • write post-class reflective essays,
  • write 3 papers, including an extensive applied project that benefits one’s agency, and
  • plan and participate in a group project that benefits the larger community.

Schedule

You will attend class 2 consecutive days each month over a 2-year period, excluding July and August. The 2015-2016 schedule appears below.

Location

Madison Benefits Center; 460 Science Drive; Madison WI map»

Other colleague groups may be held at other locations in the state if there are at least 20 participants at a site.

Fee

$3200.00 (does not include travel expenses), which can be split across the 2 fiscal years.

How to apply

Complete the 2015-2016 Colleague Group application form here»
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Application deadline

December 1, 2014

All applicants will be notified within a week of the application deadline. Those selected will receive registration information.

THIS PROGRAM IS LIMITED TO 25 PEOPLE.

Questions? Contact us! CPM director Robbi Dreifuerst 608-262-3830, rdreifuerst@dcs.wisc.edu or program associate Sunshine Jansen, 608-262-4354 or email sjansen@dcs.wisc.edu.

2015-2016 Colleague Group schedule

2015

January: Managing Self

13 Overview / Orientation / Teambuilding
14
Management Assessment for Personal Planning and Development

February: Presenting Yourself

10 Presenting Yourself to One or Many
11
Executive Writing

March: Leading Others

10 Leadership
11 Leading & Managing from the Middle

April: Understanding the Public Sector

14 The Public Management Profession and Environment
15
Policy Analysis for Non-Analysts

May: Managing Work

12-13 Managing Projects

June: Acting Ethically

9-10 Ethics, Values and the Public Manager

July-August: No Classes; work on Group & Individual Projects

September: Managing Financial Resources

8-9 Budgeting

October: Keeping It All Together

13 Records Management
14
Essential Time and Stress Management Techniques

November: Managing Personnel

10 Human Resource Management
11
Promoting Employee Engagement

December: Thinking Strategically

8 Productivity and Quality Improvement
9
Strategic Thinking, Planning and Organizational Transformation

2016

January: Developing Resilence

12 Managing Organizational Change
13
Having Critical Conversations 

February: Improving Organizational Performance

9 Program Evaluation Techniques
10
Organizational Performance Measurement

March: Solving Problems

8 Problem Analysis and Problem Solving
9
Overview of the Case Method in Decision Analysis

April: Bringing It All Together

12-13 Case Studies in Decision Making

May: Bringing It All Together (continued)

10-11 Case Studies in Decision Making

June: Celebrating Accomplishments

16 Project Presentations
17
Capstone Seminar; Graduation


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This program is sponsored by UW-Madison in cooperation with UW-Extension.