Transferrable Skills and Transparent Pedagogy

Transferrable Skills


  • Leadership skills.
  • Adaptability.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Communication skills.
  • Active listening. 
  • Relationship building. 
  • Time management.
  • Accelerated learning.
  • Online and digital proficiency. 
  • Writing proficiency. 
  • Project management.
  • Ability to collaborate.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Teamwork.
  • Mobility.
  • Research, analytical thinking and data analysis.  
  • Organization and planning.
  • Fiscal management, budgeting and financial analysis.
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution.
  • Providing feedback. 
  • Ethical standards.
  • Diversity.
  • Self-reliance.
  • Fundraising.
  • Networking and coordination.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Reporting.
  • Directing.
  • Human resource management. 
  • Non-profit management.
  • Policy analysis. 
  • Homeland security and disaster management. 
  • Knowledge of administrative law and regulations. 
  • Program assessment and evaluation.
  • Shared knowledge. 
  • Sustainability and environmental protection.
  • Problem solving.
  • Innovation. and creativity. 
  • Emotional intelligence. 
  • Responsibility.
  • Administrative skills.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Flexibility. 
  • Collaboration.
  • Persuasion. 
  • Conceptualization. 


Transparent Pedagogy


At the MPA Program, we strive to make course assignments transparent for our students through transformative experience that will enable students carry with these experiences and skills learned to the workforce after graduation. Assignments are constructed specifically in a clear and precise manner in order for students recognize how each assignment will benefit them, the specific knowledge and skills involved in the assignment and how they relate to students' lives, how the assignments are connected to the overall course objectives and the program's mission and goals, how grades are assigned, which specific tasks are required for the completion of n assignment, what are the criteria for success, knowledge gained, and which skills are required/ developed for the completion of the assignment.

Below is a template for our approach in transparent pedagogy in the design and implementation of course assignments:

Assignment Title


Assignment Due Date

Purpose (the assignment's objectives)


Skills (used/ developed for the completion of the assignment)

Knowledge (to be gained in the completion of the assignment)

Specific Tasks (required for the successful completion of the assignment)

Grade Allocation 

Criteria for Success (characteristics/ examples of a successfully finished assignment)