Pivoting During the Pandemic – Leadership in Online Learning

This guest post is provided by the Schaefer Center for Public Policy, University of Baltimore.

The word “pivot” has become a part of the daily lexicon for both organizations and individuals during the pandemic. Many employees switched to working at home part-time or full-time, doctors implemented telemedicine, and schools at all levels converted to online learning.

The Schaefer Center for Public Policy, University of Baltimore, pivoted as well. Traditionally, the Maryland Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program is offered in-person. However, the Schaefer Center pivoted and developed an online program for the Class of 2021 (Cohort 8) and became the only online leadership development program in Maryland. Having the building blocks already in place, including access to a robust learning management system, made for a smooth transition. Online or in person, the goal is the same: develop world-class leaders for Maryland public service.

The CPM online program combines live online instruction and discussion with self-paced learning built upon a set of core competencies curriculum. Training includes interactive classes, projects, readings, and exams centered on management principles courses. The inaugural Class of 2021 completed Week 1: Leadership Styles and Personal Productivity and began their Capstone projects at the end of January with positive feedback from participants.

The Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program (CPM) is a leadership development program accredited by the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium. The 300-hour academically grounded, job-relevant program requires participants to complete a Capstone project for their agency to improve a service, reduce costs, or increase revenue. CPM develops and builds upon participants’ management skills. The program is open to supervisors and managers who live or work in Maryland and who work for a government (local, state, or federal), quasi-governmental, or nonprofit organization. Maryland active-duty military and federal employees also may apply.

The next class will start in August 2021. Individuals can learn more about the program and apply at https://marylandcpm.ubalt.edu/. Contact Dr. Ann Cotten, Director of the Schaefer Center for Public Policy and Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program marylandcpm@ubalt.edu, or Diane Geiman, Training Manager, dgeiman@ubalt.edu.

Established in 1985, the William Donald Schaefer Center for Public Policy is Maryland’s preeminent applied research and policy analysis center. As part of the University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs, the Schaefer Center promotes excellence in Maryland’s public and nonprofit organizations through applied research, technical assistance, policy analysis, policy conferences, and professional development programs.

The University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs prepares the problem-solvers who will analyze policy and lead public, nonprofit, health-care and third sector organizations of the future. The college is home to two centers of excellence: Schaefer Center for Public Policy and the Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement. U.S. News & World Report named the College one of the best graduate schools for Public Affairs and Public Affairs Non-Profit Management in 2021.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the School of Law, the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Public Affairs, and the Merrick School of Business