is the State and Local Government Program?
The SLGP is a program supported by the Political Science department and
designed to serve and teach students at the University of Northern
Iowa, Iowa’s government officials, non-profit organizations, and the
general public. We provide applied coursework to our public
administration undergraduate and public policy graduate students. We
also hope to serve as a resources for state and local government
officials in Iowa. The philosophy of the program is one of public
service. The faculty and students involved volunteer their time, and
services are provided free of charge or at minimal cost.
Are there similar programs in other states?
Other similar programs and institutes of governments exist across the
nation. Visit our selected list of similar organizations on our links page.
Who attends Program courses?
The SLGP is working with state and local government associations to
identify training needs related to various current issues. We hope to
include sessions specific to the needs of city and county managers,
elected officials, finance officers, planning officers, personnel
managers, and school board members, among others. We invite input from the government and
non-profit community on current issues it would like to see addressed.
Who works for the SLGP?
The SLGP is housed within the Department of Political Science, and all
public administration and public policy faculty serve on the advisory
board. The Program is also open to all members of the UNI community.
Faculty expertise includes areas such as public administration and
policy, research methods, public budgeting, and local government.
What resources are available to me through the Program?
The SLGP is working to provide various services to elected officials
and staff members of government organizations. Our faculty is available
to provide research, consulting, and training assistance. In most
cases, assistance is offered at little or no cost. Our links page also provides links to various city,
county, state, and federal agencies and associations that can be of
assistance to you. Please contact
us if we can be of any assistance to you.
How is the SLGP tied to the University’s academic program?
The Program works closely with the University’s undergraduate
Public Administration Program and graduate Public Policy program. In
addition to providing involved hands-on training in these fields
through internships, service projects, and research opportunities, the
SLPG works to link current students with public sector professionals
throughout the state for networking, mentoring, and experience.