Lazy Days of Summer, but not at NASPAA!
US News and World Report Changes

NASPAA was recently contacted by US News and World Report (USNWR) regarding changes to the Public Affairs Rankings.  Those changes include:
1.      Change in Frequency - USNWR plans to move to an ANNUAL reputational 
survey rather  than the current cycle of every 4 years,  starting Fall 2017 .

2.      Change in Delivery - USNWR plans to move the survey to an entirely electronic 
format,  emailed to two designated contacts behind password protections.  They are moving the survey in-house, no longer contracting with Ipsos.

3.      Potential Changes to Specializations Ranked - USNWR has indicated a 
willingness to  revisit the specializations that are ranked, both the nomenclature used and the number of specializations ranked (they are willing to add specializations but for a total of no more than 12).

Given that USNWR would like to implement these changes in time to survey programs in or around October 2017, with a publication of those rankings in March 2018; NASPAA has a very limited amount of time to provide feedback to USNWR, particularly as it relates to any potential changes made to the specializations being ranked. 

to provide your thoughts and opinions regarding the specializations USNWR ranks. The deadline to provide feedback is  July 17.

Also, please be on the lookout for a dedicated email to principle representatives early next week in which we will ask Schools to confirm the following information for distribution to USNWR for the rankings:
  • University Name
  • School Name (for named Schools)
  • Primary Contact/Voter Name
  • Primary Contact/Voter Email
  • Secondary Voter Name
  • Secondary Voter Email
  • Mailing Address
NASPAA will be sending this initial information to USNWR by July 15, so they may begin programming the survey.  We will update the membership with further information as it becomes available this summer.  If you have any questions please contact


NASPAA's 2017 Alumni Survey is now open!

It's not too late for your school to participate!

Interested in finding out how to participate?

Contact Stacy Drudy at, or go to the Alumni Survey website.

View last years results here !

Top 5 "Other" Specializations:

"Other" was the 3rd most popular specialization in the 2015-2016 Annual Data Report.  What are some of those "others"?

Leadership Corner

Call For NASPAA Executive Council and  Vice President Nominations 2017-2018
DEADLINE: Wednesday,  July 26, 2017 

In August 2017, the Nominating Committee of NASPAA (the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration) chaired by Michelle Piskulich, Immediate Past President, will be recommending a slate for

FIVE members of the Executive Council
Vice President/President Elect of the Council

The Nominating Committee welcomes recommendations for nominations from NASPAA member schools. Recommenders should note that Council positions require a significant commitment of time and effort on the part of the individual and support from his or her home institution.

This is a time of great opportunity for NASPAA, as we begin our review of our outcomes-oriented accreditation standards, expand our international activities, launch a new publishing arrangement for the Journal of Public Affairs Education, host the fourth annual student simulation competition, utilize our Data Center more fully, develop projects to improve career opportunities for graduates, and serve our member programs in a rapidly changing environment. The Committee is looking in particular for nominees possessing enthusiasm and dedication to public service and the advancement of public affairs education.

The Nominating Committee seeks candidates for the Council who are well prepared to govern NASPAA as it "sets a global standard for excellence in public service education, leads the public affairs education sector, and strengthens governance and public problem solving." The Nominating Committee also places priority on the nominations of individuals with experience and skills in federal affairs, international public affairs education, budgeting and finance, marketing, data and IT, human resources, nonprofit management, journal publishing, and grant writing.

The Vice President will serve on the Council and Executive Committee for three years: one year as Vice President, then one year as President, and a final year as Immediate Past President. Past service to NASPAA, including the Executive Council is desirable.

Executive Council members serve a three-year term, which begins at the NASPAA Annual Conference. The Council meets twice a year, in March/April in the Washington DC area, and in the Fall at the Annual Conference, The next two conferences are in Washington, DC, and Atlanta. At the Council's discretion, it may meet more frequently, and/or via conference call. Council members are expected to attend every meeting. The first meeting for incoming Council members will be Saturday morning, October 14, in Washington DC.

The Nominating Committee seeks to put together a representative and diverse slate, for the membership's vote at NASPAA's annual business meeting, in terms of types of programs represented, geographic location (especially reflecting NASPAA's international membership), race and gender, and diversity broadly defined. One nominee for the Council should also hold membership on the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA). Please note that all Council members serve as individuals, not as representatives of their university, and are expected to consider the best interests of NASPAA and its member institutions in carrying out their duties.

Individuals wishing to make recommendations to the Nominating Committee should send an email to the Committee's chair, Dr. Michelle Piskulich at and copied to NASPAA Executive Director, Laurel McFarland, at by Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

The email should contain the suggested nominee's name, institutional affiliation and title, contact information (email and phone number), and verification that he or she is aware of the recommended nomination. The email should also include a brief (2-5 sentences) explanation of why the recommender believes this person would make a good NASPAA Council member or president elect. A short bio or CV is helpful but not required. Self nominations are permitted.

Questions about the work and responsibilities of Council members may be directed to Laurel McFarland, and the current Council membership is posted at

NASPAA President in China

On June 26, NASPAA President David Birdsell visited Renmin University and spoke at a meeting of the China MPA Steering Committee.  President Birdsell's comments focused on innovation in public administration education, such as the use of simulations and artificial intelligence, online education, new delivery formats, and the emergence of global standards in quality assurance. He stressed the benefits of engaging with institutions around the world to identify best practices and to prepare graduates for an increasingly interconnected world. He also explored the theme of changing public trust in governmental and non-governmental institutions around the world, a vital concern for our schools and our students as development and progress depend on strong partnerships between private sector, the nonprofit sector, and government. Participating in the meeting were representatives from NASPAA member schools: WU Aihua and WANG Zhi (UIBE), MU Ling and TAN Ya (Tsinghua University), and MAI Qiulin and XU Guangjian (Renmin University). Also present were SI lu (Beijing City School/Institute), LI Yang  and JIN Yanhua (Beijing University of Chemical Tech, SUN Yongjun (Beijing Tech. University), LI Xiufeng and LIAN Hongping (Beijing Normal University), WANG Huan and others (Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications),  YANG Jie (Minzu University of China), and WEI Wangbin (National Administration Institute).

Call for JPAE Editor

The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) is soliciting letters of interest from an individual (or individuals) interested in editing the Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE) for the three-year period beginning January 1, 2018. There is also the desire that the editorial team overlap with the current editors on the final issue of 2017, and phasing in responsibility for the first issue of the 2018 volume.

In late 2017, the journal will enter a new era, characterized by a soon-to-be implemented partnership with Taylor and Francis Group, who will be providing editorial support, production, marketing, and distribution. The JPAE Editor will use their manuscript management facility. Through their distribution channels, the journal will be available online and in hard copy. Journal access will also be provided free to NASPAA member schools. Under this arrangement,  the Editor's workload will be extremely manageable (historically, about 100 articles have been submitted per year), with a workload of 10-15 hrs/wk.

NASPAA also encourages an openness to innovation, and to cooperating with social networking, blogs, and other public affairs/policy/administration journals to bring articles to the attention of our field, the public, and to the policymaking world. Any Letter of Interest should address this commitment to innovation. 
The first stage of the JPAE proposal process will consist of a Letter of Interest,  not to exceed 3-4 pages, submitted to  no later than July 1, 2017. It should include:

    • A statement of vision for the journal, including how it will advance teaching, learning, and the business of public affairs education. Specific ideas or plans are welcome (symposia, new sections of the journal), but should be brief.  
    • A brief statement from any proposed Editor(s) and/or sub-editors, providing any relevant editing experience, and a brief description of the Editor's management style and plan.  
    • A few sentences about the home institution of the Editor, and whether they are in support of the time required for the Editor to perform this role for JPAE. Because of current publishing arrangements, institutional sponsorship is no longer required by the Editor's home university, but institutional recognition of the time involved for the editorship is appreciated.    
At the JPAE Oversight Committee's discretion, the editor may be selected at the end of the Letter of Interest stage, or the Committee may proceed to a second stage: submission of Editor Proposals. They will inform all submitters of Letters of Interest of that decision in a timely fashion. 

Read full details here.

Conference Corner
Washington, DC Oct 11-13, 2017
#NASPAA2017 Annual Conference Updates

Registration will open for the 2017 NASPAA Annual Conference on Wednesday, July 12 - mark your calendars! The conference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Reservations in the NASPAA room block are now being accepted - Click Here.

Please plan to join us for the  Thursday Evening Reception at the Hall of States Roof Top to mix and mingle with your NASPAA friends and colleagues and enjoy cocktails overlooking the Capitol! This event is generously sponsored by  Carnegie Mellon University  in celebration of the Heinz College's 50th Anniversary.

Just a few NASPAA Conference Sponsorships remain... if you are interested, please contact .

Then, there's NEXT year:  NASPAA is excited to announce the #NASPAA2018 Annual Conference location and hosts.

NASPAA spoke with leaders of the hosting institutions to ask, " What excites you about bringing NASPAA to Atlanta in 2018?"

Mary Beth Walker, Dean, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
"The Andrew Young School is excited about the opportunity to welcome the NASPAA conference to Atlanta! Our city has a long tradition of meaningful collaborations across governments, private businesses, and nonprofits. Our faculty are actively engaged in all parts of the community, and our students at the Andrew Young School thrive and innovate within our vast network of partners."
Mathew Auer, Dean, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia
"NASPAA's annual conference is the premier event in the field of public service education, so the University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) is thrilled to co-host this meeting," said Matthew Auer, SPIA's dean. "The Atlanta conference is the latest installment in a longstanding association between NASPAA and SPIA - a relationship that includes three presidential terms served by faculty members from SPIA."
Kaye Husbands Fealing, Chair, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
"The Georgia Tech School of Public Policy looks forward to showcasing our focus on understanding science, technology and innovation activities that affect and are informed by public policy.  There is tremendous growth in Tech Square, which is in Midtown Atlanta. This is a wonderful forum for conference attendees to discuss how advances in energy and environmental technologies, technology enhanced mobility, cybersecurity risks, and career development in a rapidly changing technological age all require policy innovations informed by the work of our faculty and students. We are training students with the analytical tools to develop effective and ethical policies in this rapidly changing, global environment. The Georgia Tech School of Public Policy is excited to partner with UGA and Georgia State to host NASPAA in 2018."
Thank you to the Site Selection Committee -  Maria Aristigueta, University of Delaware; Uday Desai, University of New Mexico; and Karl Rethemeyer, University at Albany, SUNY - for their hard work and time!

And in Two Years: 
#NASPAA2019  - Who and Where?

The NASPAA Annual Conference Site Selection Committee seeks bids from member schools to host the  2019 NASPAA Annual Conference . To increase geographic diversity in 2019, NASPAA is particularly interested to receive bids from our member schools in the western USA .

The annual conference, typically held in October, is hosted in a different geographical region each year within close proximity to a NASPAA school (or schools). The NASPAA school in the region has a great opportunity to promote their school and the uniqueness of their region to both domestic and global conference attendees. We'd like to know what your school, city, and region can offer conference attendees! Joint proposals from members in the same geographic region are encouraged.

The Criteria for Hosting the NASPAA Annual Conference are detailed in the RFP. Please review these requirements before submitting your letter of interest.

Important Dates:

June 2017
NASPAA announces call for proposals to all member schools
June - August, 2017
Open question/answer period. All questions should be directed to NASPAA's Conference Manager Leigh Anne Elliott at
September 1, 2017
Notify Leigh Anne Elliott ( of your intent to submit a proposal. This notification is non-binding and a short email from someone at the member school(s) will suffice.
September 29, 2017
Deadline to submit a proposal by 11:59 pm EST. Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF from the School's Principal Rep to
October/November 2017
Site Selection Committee will review all proposals and NASPAA will work with broker to obtain hotel pricing info.
December 2017
Site Selection Committee will make a recommendation to NASPAA's Executive Council and NASPAA will announce the sites.

Enter the Pitch Competition
Fortune Favors the Brave! Enter the Voinovich Public Innovation Challenge at the NASPAA Annual Conference: Five minutes to pitch your idea and win a $3,000 grant to make it happen!

Do you have an innovative course, research project or service learning approach?
 At this year's NASPAA conference, October 11 - 13, three finalists will compete for $3,000 to be used for implementation or scale-up. This Voinovich pitch competition has been established to honor the memory of Senator George V. Voinovich and to encourage the creative problem-solving approach he championed throughout his nearly half-century of public service.  The first annual Sen. George Voinovich Public Innovation Challenge is open to all NASPAA-affiliated student groups, faculty and administrators. To enter, please email your program name, institution, contact information and [max] two-page description of your innovative program to contest coordinator Sarah Nykl ( ).  Descriptions should include the problem or issue being addressed; what makes your program innovative; where you are in the implementation process; current or anticipated impact; funding needs; and other sources of support. The deadline for submissions is August 1, but applications will continue to be considered until three outstanding finalists have been identified.  Those finalists will have 5-10 minutes each at NASPAA's conference to pitch their idea, "swim in the porpoise tank" and take challenging questions from judges who are experts in social innovation. Judges and audience members vote and participants will find out on the spot who is the winner. Then go do it! The contest is sponsored by NASPAA and Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. 


Now Accepting Nominations from Deans, Program Directors, and Senior Faculty

This year NASPAA NEXT will focus on Track 3 of the conference: Building Public Trust Through Responsible Policy Communications and Advocacy. Participants will learn strategies for communicating groundbreaking research to public policy leaders, nonprofit practitioners, and the public at large. Additionally, emerging faculty will discuss the importance of advocating for the use and implementation of public policy analysis from NASPAA schools, faculty, and students. Also important is the ability to communicate and advocate for ideas that are generated in other countries and being able to identify what programs can be implemented domestically and vice versa. Through these actions our public and nonprofit institutions can inspire public confidence by implementing policies based solid empirical analysis that deliver results. Moreover, participants will learn how to become more fully engaged with NASPAA by ensuring their talents and knowledge base are strategically aligned with leadership opportunities for the association. Finally, participants will engage in a group project after the Annual Conference designed to make public policy analysis visible to policy makers and the general public. We are in discussions with several faculty members to lead this dynamic workshop.

This year's workshop will include discussions and panels on:
  • Getting Communications Right: Engaging Personal, Professional, and Relational Experiences to Achieve Social Impact
  • The Policy Pipeline: Pedagogies to Cultivate the Next Generation of Public Leadership
  • Collective Pathways for Enhancing Research Impact: Insights from Physical Science Communities
  • Designing Your Post Tenure Track Life: Unifying Passion and Research
NASPAA is currently accepting nominations from Deans, Program Directors, and 
Senior Faculty for faculty who have recently received tenure or at an equivalent stage of their academic and professional development. Nominations should be sent via email to David Marshall, Director of Membership Development, at


In Memoriam

We are saddened to report the passing of Professor Richard Beinecke.  Professor Beinecke was an active member of the Suffolk University community for 24 years. A beloved member of the Public Administration and Healthcare Administration departments, he was a respected researcher and advocate who was loved by his students. He held many leadership roles at Suffolk including department chair and most recently chair of the Faculty Senate. His impactful research on the Boston Marathon bombing was published in The International Journal of Mental Health and demonstrated the critical role of informal mental health support systems in the wake of crises. The NASPAA community valued his passion for public service education.

 had the pleasure of working with Rick in the reaccreditation process, where his passion for his program and public service was obvious.  He was a genuinely nice person, who I looked forward to seeing at the conference."
 " ~Stacy Drudy, NASPAA Data Center Director

He will be greatly missed.

Program Director's Corner

NASPAA Admissions Professionals Meeting: A Message for Deans and Admissions Directors - Register now!

As you may be aware, the 2017 NASPAA Admissions Professionals Meeting is scheduled for July 13, 2017 from 10 AM- 3 PM EST at American University's School of Public Affairs. As in previous years, this event will provide members of the admissions community to discuss the most pressing issues such as recruiting and financial aid.

Please forward this invitation to your colleagues and those who have admissions duties at your respective institutions. To access the registration page, please have them click here.
Additionally, we are asking registrants to complete a brief survey here so we can identify the topics of greatest interest among our participants.

We appreciate your commitment to public service education and hope to see admissions community from your schools attend this meeting in Washington, D.C.!

Pi Alpha Alpha 
Pi Alpha Alpha Advisor, don't forget to send us your pictures from your induction and commencement ceremonies.  Connect with us on Facebook:

For Pi Alpha Alpha Advisor updates, please notify David Marshall, NASPAA Director of Membership Development at

Important Accreditation Dates:
Stay up-to-date with happenings in accreditation!
  • August 1, 2017 - Accreditation Maintenance  Report opens
  • August 15, 2017 - Self-Study Report deadline for 2017-18 cohort
  • August 15, 2017 - Eligibility application deadline for first-time applicants 
  • October 2, 2017- Accreditation Maintenance  Report Closes
  • October 11, 2017 - Accreditation Institute at NASPAA Annual Conference
  • October 23, 2017 - Site Visitor training at the ICMA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas
  • November 16-18, 2017 - Site Visitor training at the ARNOVA Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan

2017 Accreditation Institute
Start planning now! The 2017 Accreditation Institute will be held
October 11, 2017 at the NASPAA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Plan to join your colleagues for a full day of training, followed by a reception hosted by West Chester University.

Interested in presenting the Accreditation Institute? COPRA is seeking facilitators for the day-long training. Read the request for proposals here .

Interested in supporting the Accreditation Institute? We are still offering sponsorships! For more information, and to see what is still available, contact .

COPRA Seeks Consultant!
The Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) seeks a consultant to prepare and train 5-6 newly-appointed Commissioners in August 2017. Using best practices in executive learning, the consultant should coordinate and deliver a case-study approach, ensuring coverage related to a wide variety of public affairs programs, as well as emerging trends of programs seeking NASPAA Accreditation. Read the request for proposals here.

In Case You Missed It!
COPRA released the Self-Study Instructions, for programs in the 2017-18 cohort. For the 2016 release, COPRA focused on completion rates, enhancing the quality and comparability of one of the most critical outcomes of public affairs programs and ensuring the comprehensive context of students continuing to graduation outside of four years.

COPRA also released a  policy statement  announcing the implementation expectations of programs in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 cohorts, with regard to Standard 5, as well as additional information related to the completion rates data requirements.

2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition

Would you like to host a Regional Site for the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition?

Summer greetings to you! We have opened an invitation to all interested NASPAA schools to host next year's student simulation competition.

All returning and first-time schools are invited to host the competition, where you will welcome students from all over your region to participate in this educationally stimulating event. This will be your opportunity to be part of the largest global annual event in public service education!

We are making progress with the planning of next year's student simulation competition in partnership with the University of Virginia's Batten School. The topic chosen for next year is pandemic crisis management. The simulation will focus on the roles MPA/MPP graduates would have to play in the event of a pandemic outbreak of a deadly infectious disease. We surveyed all our past participants and this topic resonated well with public policy and administration students. As in previous years, this competition will be an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their abilities and network with other students in the field, while bringing awareness to excellence in public service education.

We anticipate that this year's competition will be the most exciting one yet! We expect to have more sites and more students involved from all parts of the globe. Additionally, we are setting aside two weekends for the 2018 competition (the weekend of Saturday, February 24, 2018 and the weekend of Saturday, March 3, 2018). This grants host sites more flexibility to choose the weekend that best suits them and works for their schedules.

We are seeking host sites in the following regions:
  • Northeast USA
  • Mid-Atlantic/National Capital Region USA
  • Southeast/South Central USA
  • Midwest USA
  • Southwest USA
  • West USA 
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Asia 
It would be greatly appreciated if you could inform your colleagues about this opportunity and pass along this RFP to host next year's competition. The RFP outlines all details and responsibilities of the host site and the deadline to apply is August 4, 2017. Please make sure to e-mail the applications to Supriya Golas (

We hope you will consider hosting next year's simulation!

2017 Career Professionals Conference  

NASPAA is excited to announce the 2017 Career Professionals Conference!

December 7 & 8, 2017
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Co-Chairs are Meagan Van Gelder and Megan Nelson.
Registration will open in the fall.
Thank you to the Site Selection Committee - Hannah Rose Bainter and Jill Rockwell, University of Virginia; Adam Motenko, Brandeis University; and Tamara Schaps, University of Washington - for their expertise and time.

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