College of Education Library Science Education Programs
This is the only program in the region serving five states, preparing school and non-school professionals via distance education with collaboration among state associations, two-year institutions and universities. Once a “low enrollment” program, the library media program has dramatically increased in size over the last ten years. Service-learning opportunities and advising are two focuses of this program which now has over 200 students.
Dr. Pasco designed a cooperative Master’s degree program in library science with the University of Missouri and has been at the center of collaboration with technical schools across Nebraska, which will provide undergraduate courses for public and school library staff interested in advancing their work. Most recently, the program successfully negotiated an agreement to offer library media courses at Chadron State. This partnership will not only provide professional course work to in-service and future library media personnel where the opportunity has not previous been available but will also complement professional goals for completing a Master’s degree through Chadron.
Many of the library media courses have a service-learning component, building web pages, digitizing documents, and developing lessons for using information resources. These projects always provide genuine hands-on learning that is so critical to the students’ development of expertise and confidence. Furthermore, the advising of this program is known for being “top notch” and proactive, with a real focus on the desired future goals of the student.
School of Public Administration
The department, which has a top-rated graduate program in the United States, is home to researchers and scholars who strive to achieve academic excellence both in the classroom and through research and community outreach. The MPA program was one of the first programs in the nation accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Administration in 1980 and has been continuously reaccredited since then. US News & World Report rates UNO’s MPA program 26th in the nation in public management, 29th in city management/urban policy, 21st in public budgeting and finance, and 8th in information technology.
The Aviation Institute is also a vibrant component of the School of Public Administration, offering a nationally accredited program in air transport administration. This institute has done research on nationally prominent topics such as the Small Aircraft Transportation system and the Airline Quality Rating program, and produces the Journal of Air Transportation.The individuals in this school are all leaders in their fields of interest internationally, nationally, regionally and locally. They are scholars who present and publish at high levels each year and are committed to their communities.
Public Relations Student Society of America - UNO Chapter
This student organization emphasizes that community service teaches its members valuable professional skills while also giving back to the community. PRSSA members are proud to be involved with several community projects including the Omaha Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
PRSSA contributes to local non-profit organizations in other ways than just through raising money. Last year, the UNO chapter participated in the annual Toys for Tots Drive with the U.S. Marine Corp, collecting nearly 100 new toys in the Arts and Sciences Hall collection bins! A popular new tradition established by UNO PRSSA is for members to dig out the pink sidewalk chalk in October, wake up at 3:00 a.m. and to create inspirational messages and art work relating to breast cancer research and awareness for the Race for the Cure.