Passion, Purpose and Professionalism
Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Cary L. Cooper
Chapter 11: University-based education programs in nonprofit management and philanthropic studies: current state of the field and future directions
In response to the knowledge needs of those administering programs in the third sector, there has been a well-documented expansion of nonprofit, non-governmental and philanthropy education programs in universities and colleges globally (Wish & Mirabella, 1998a, 1998b; Mirabella & Wish, 2000; Mirabella, 2007; Mirabella, Gemelli, Malcolm & Berger, 2007). This chapter presents the most recent data available on these education programs, compiled through an electronic database accessible through the internet, and will report on census trends, provide a comparative perspective, and conclude with critical observations on the nascent field as it is developing. The lead author has been tracking and mapping the growth of the nonprofit management education field in the United States since 1996 by type of program, graduate, undergraduate, continuing education, noncredit and online course offerings, and this research is ongoing. There are currently over 325 universities and colleges across the United States offering courses in nonprofit management and philanthropy. This longitudinal study reveals how programs in the field have changed over time, including differences in distribution across program and degree type, significant modifications in curricular content, and emerging programmatic forms.
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