Public Official Governance Certificate 2019

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Digital Badging - New in 2019!

Government Affairs will be offering a Digital Badge/Certificate for completing the approved classes at the Master Academy for Civic & Public Affairs. A digital badge/certificate is a micro-credential that validates an accomplishment, skill set or competency a learner has earned. Digital Badges/Certificates can be placed on a resume or digital platform, such as LinkedIn, to show employers you have the critical skill set and job-ready competencies that allow you to be a confident and engaging employee.
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To earn the badge/certificate, you must complete the following courses and pass the assessments at the Master Academy for Civic & Public Affairs:

  1. Parliamentary Procedure for Effective Meetings
  2. Open Meetings Law:  Challenging Issues
  3. Alcohol Beverage Law in Wisconsin:  Knowledge straight up. Walkaway with top-shelf tips and insights.
  4. Ethical Leadership

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Public Official Governance Certificate

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Individuals who completed this series of courses have achieved a critical skill set competency and expertise that will allow them to be an effective, confident administrators of critical Governance duties.

Parliamentary Procedure
An effective presiding Officer of the Board, leader of an organization or a Clerk, requires the Board/Council meetings to run efficiently and effectively.  In order to do so a person should have a mastery of Parliamentary Procedures.  This takes more than basic skills.

Individuals who completed this course have obtained the following knowledge and skills critical to running a meeting according to Parliamentary Procedures.  Individuals learned:
Meeting Dynamics
  • Five biases people bring and how to recognize and deal with them.
  • Civility
  • Listening
Parliamentary Procedure Rules of Order
  • Robert’s Rules of Order or other
  • Applying Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Special meeting situations
  • Commonly misunderstood areas
  • Chair responsibilities
Individuals were assessed using the following methods:
1) Written exams
2) Situational scenarios
    Open Meetings Law: Challenging Issues
This course covered the complicated issues and challenges in WI Open Meetings Law.  Through group case study analysis the class explored the many facets and scenarios involved in compliance with the law.  Knowledge or experience in the basics was expected.
Learning Objectives
  • Open Meetings Law
  • Government bodies subject to law
  • Notice
    • Subject matter
    • Meeting within meetings
  • Walking quorums
  • Closed sessions
  • Internet notice
  • Meeting accessible
  • Phone conferences
Individuals were assessed using the following methods:
1) Written exams
2) Case studies
3) Situational scenarios
4) IClickers
    Alcohol Beverage Law in Wisconsin:  Knowledge straight up. Walk away with top-shelf tips and insight.
Individuals explored the complicated world of alcohol regulations.  Topics discussed were:  liquor license types, the application process, various regulating authorities, what constitutes a sale and consumption in a public place.
Learning Objectives
  • What the different license types allow and require
  • Wine & beer walks, charity auctions & raffles, homebrew festivals
  • Revocation or suspension of alcohol licenses
  • Various licensing environments
  • The roles of suppliers wholesaler and retailers.
Individuals were assessed using the following methods:
1) Written exam
2) Case studies
3) Situational scenarios
    Ethical Leadership
A key responsibility in leadership on all levels is to promote an ethical culture.  Government officials are called to uphold a high standard of ethical behavior.  They must carry the torch and never exploit their obligation to serve.
Ethics in Public Organizations
Administrative ethics definition:  “Well-based standards of right and wrong that prescribe what public administrators ought to do in terms of duty to public service, principles, virtues, and benefits to society” (Svara, 2015, p. 22).
Learning Objectives
  • Study the principles of Justice/Fairness/Social Equity
  • Dissent and whistleblowing
  • Systems for ethical behavior
  • Ethics codes
Individuals were assessed using the following methods:
1) Written essay addressing an ethical dilemma
2) Case studies
3) Situational scenarios