Walden’s public administration programs bring textbook theories to life with a virtual city that lets you apply knowledge in real-world scenarios.
Utilized throughout our public administration master’s programs, this unique learning experience enables you to analyze and evaluate real-world data sets, surveys, and reports about local issues in the virtual city of New Harbor, aiding in the retention and application of key theories and concepts.
As you immerse yourself in the complex and challenging community issues of New Harbor, you can put your knowledge and skills to work analyzing problems and organizations, developing and recommending solutions for specific stakeholders, and navigating the political environment as a leader while serving the public good.
New Harbor features a variety of hot spots, community issues, and local leaders you’ll investigate throughout your assignments, including:
- New Harbor North High School
- New Harbor Memorial Hospital
- Mayor’s mansion, home to Mayor Samuel Taylor, a Republican
- Alec Coppel, Democratic mayoral candidate
- Mary Deavenport, Independent mayoral candidate
- The Rusty Seagull tavern
- Peacetree Regional Office, a nonprofit environmental group
- Saint Michael’s Catholic Church
- Center for Reproductive Rights for New Harbor
- New Harbor Port Authority
Take a sneak peek inside the virtual city of New Harbor. A few hot spots have been enabled to give you a sense of the virtual city and the challenges faced by its community. Case scenarios and backstories are provided to students who use the information to respond to questions and discussion posts and complete assignments.