Program Development Issues in Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies: Learning from One University's Experience
Stephenson, Max O. Jr.
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This article examines one university's efforts to institutionalize a graduate nonprofit curriculum. It does so through the lens of situational analysis and an eye to five key challenges that have dogged the effort - operating in an picious organizational environment, creating an interdisciplinary program discipline-rich context, securing a praxis analytical focus and shared pedagogical stance, ensuring a comparative analytical focus, and developing a sustainable ance between student needs and expert claims. These concerns are examined what might be learned from each that may hold broader significance for nonprofit curriculum design, program development, and implementation. While some of these conditions are unique, what they suggest about the challenges for those seeking institutionalization of nonprofit curricula are not. The essay seeks to suggest how and why that might be so. The paper argues that, regardless of case-specific factors at play in the present analysis, would-be nonprofit program builders would be wise to be attentive to their operating context, to the nature existing program curricula and organizational cultures, and to the clear specifica- tion of their own curricular aims.