Did you know that Columbus was deemed a Certified Food Lovers Town by the Washington Post, a Midwestern Style Capital by the New York Times, and is home to the #1 Zoo according to US Travel Guide?

Columbus is within driving distance to many NASPAA members, and there is still time to register!

Cleveland, OH
2 hours
Cincinnati, OH
2 hours
Indianapolis, IN
2.5 hours
Louisville, KY
3 hours
Pittsburgh, PA 
3 hours
Detroit, MI
3.5 hours
Buffalo, NY
5 hours
Chicago, IL 
5.5 hours

Check out the 2016 NASPAA Annual Conference Program Schedule, and be sure to check out these thought provoking and educational panels.
  • Social Equity - The Intergovernmental System and The Flint Water Crisis, led by Blue Wooldridge, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Teaching Budgeting After the Election of 2016: Issues Facing All Levels of Government, led by Philip Joyce, University of Maryland - College Park
  • Presidential Election 2016: A Discussion of How the Nation's Changing Demographics and Media Habits Are Impacting Voter Education and Mobilization, led by Susan McManus, University of South Florida
  • Nonprofit at the Core? Implications for Accreditation, led by Lilliard Richardson, Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis
  • Capitalizing the "P" in Public Service Education: Creating a New Framework that Links NASPAA School Teaching & Research to the Policymaking Process, led by Neil Kleiman, New York University
Stay for Saturday and join us on one of these local excursions.
  • Transportation, Innovation and Policy: A Guided Tour of the Center for Automotive Research Facility & Discussion on the Smart City Initiative
  • Food, Insecurity and Policy: Tour the Mid-Ohio Food Bank with CEO Matt Habash & Discuss Food Insecurity with Glenn College Professors Neal Hooker & Jill Clark
  • Walking Tour of Downtown Columbus Revitalization Projects and Lunch at deNovo Bistro
NASPAA Committee and Section meetings are a great way to get involved with NASPAA, share best practices and network with your peers. All meetings are open and feel free to join any meeting that is a fit for your role or program. 


Research Committee Meeting,
7:30 - 9:00 am
David Van Slyke, Syracuse University

Nonprofit Management Education Section Meeting, 7:00 - 8:30 am
William Brown, Texas A&M University

Standards Committee Meeting, 
7:30 - 9:00 am
Jack Meek, University of La Verne

Budget & Financial Management Section Meeting, 7:30 - 8:30 am
Kurt Thurmaier, Northern Illinois University

Pi Alpha Alpha Committee Meeting, 
8:00 - 9:00 am
Amanda Olejarski, West Chester University

JPAE Editorial Meeting, 7:30 - 8:30 am
David Schultz, Hamline University
Marieka Klawitter, University of Washington

Executive MPA Committee Meeting, 
8:00 - 9:00 am
Jane Mauldon, University of California, Berkeley

Local Government Management Education Committee Meeting, 
7:30 - 8:30 am
Robert Blair, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Doctoral Education Committee Meeting, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Suzanne Beaumaster, University of La Verne

Small Programs Section Meeting, 
7:30 - 8:30 am
Kate Forhan, University of Southern Maine
Election Administration Section Meeting, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Kathleen Hale, Auburn University

Comprehensive Schools Section Meeting, 8:00 - 9:45 am
Sherry Glied, New York University
John Bartle, University of Nebraska Omaha

International Committee Meeting, 
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Josefina Bruni-Celli, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, Venezuela

Emergency Management and Homeland Security Section Meeting, 8:45 - 9:45 am
David Rousseau, University at Albany - SUNY
Karl Rethemeyer, University at Albany - SUNY

Data Committee Meeting, 
4:15 - 5:15 pm
Mike Shires, Pepperdine University

Healthcare Section Meeting,
8:45 - 9:45 am
Keon-Hyung Lee, Florida State University
Marketing the MPA/MPP Committee Meeting, 4:15 - 5:15 pm
George William Dougherty, University of Pittsburgh

Urban-Serving Universities Section Meeting, 8:45 - 9:45 am
Doug Noonan, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
Policy Issues Committee Meeting, 
4:15 - 5:15 pm
Donald Kettl, University of Maryland - College Park

Diversity and Social Equity Committee Meeting, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Mohamad Alkadry, Florida International University
Blue Wooldridge, Virginia Commonwealth University

Undergraduate Education Committee Meeting, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Sarah Stafford, The College of William and Mary



Accreditation Institute Reception
Sponsored by: West Chester University Department of Public Policy & Administration

International Attendee Welcome Reception
Sponsored by: Arizona State University School of Public Affairs

First Time Attendee Reception
Sponsored by: Georgia Institute of Technology School of Public Policy

10/20 THURSDAY EVENING open to all attendees!
NASPAA Welcome Reception at Ohio Statehouse
Sponsored by: Baruch College Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, CUNY
The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs
Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

10/21 FRIDAY EVENING open to all attendees!
Host School Reception
Hosted by: The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs

NASPAA President in China

NASPAA President  Michelle Piskulich  (second from left) represented NASPAA last week at the 2016 Joint Congress of IIAS and IASIA in Chengdu, China, held at Sichuan University. Speakers included Jianzhong He, Vice-Minister of State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform, who discussed China's effort to streamline administration. 

While there, President Piskulich met with UN Assistant Secretary-General Lenni Montiel to discuss possible cooperation between NASPAA and the United Nations with regard to educational aspects of their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Member schools using SDGs in their curriculum are encouraged to contact NASPAA ( ) to discuss how and where they are including them.  

2017 NASPAA Student Simulation Competition
Mark Your Calendars: The Simulation
Competition is February 25, 2017!

Regional Site Host Update 
The deadline for submitting site host proposals is now upon us. We've had an enthusiastic response this year, and thank you to everyone who has submitted a proposal. (If you are keen to be considered as a regional host for the February 25 event, but haven't gotten your proposal in, please contact Leigh Anne Elliott  immediately at   
The selection of 2017 site hosts will be announced at the NASPAA luncheon at our conference! 

The 2017 Competition Topic is FOOD SECURITY!
Last month, we announced FOOD SECURITY will be the 2017 competition topic. Student participants need not be concentrators or experts in this topic, because ALL public affairs graduate students are eligible, and we are really looking forward to immersing all of the participants in a simulation that will make them more aware of food insecurity and empower them to learn more about this important public policy area and think about solutions.  

Nominations Open
Deans/directors and Pi Alpha Alpha advisors have a special 1 day nomination window to forward one student's name-- all day December 1, in advance of student self-nominations opening on a first come first served basis on December 2.  

Tell the World!

Please click links below to download a poster announcing this year's competition: it will look great on your MPA student bulletin board! 

Poster size 8.5 in x11 in 
Poster size 17 in x 23 in  

Will you be our ambassador? 
Advisory Committee: any faculty at our NASPAA schools with an interest in food security is invited to become a member and Ambassador of the food security section of our 2017 simulation competition advisory committee. We can use your help! We'll keep you posted on everything going on for the competition, including reminders of dates for nominating your students, share curriculum and classroom resources, and help you plan how to use the sim in the classroom once it's released after the competition.  Just as important: we'll be welcoming suggestions from YOU for regional judges and practitioners who work in food security areas, media outlets that might be interested in hearing about a food security sim competition, and potential high visibility internship suggestions for team winners.  Please join the committee by contacting Leigh Anne Elliott at .

  • September 28, 2016: Deadline to apply as host school
  • October 3, 2016: Sites are notified of proposal status
  • February 25, 2017: Student Competition Day!
2018-19 NASPAA Conference Calls for Host Sites

We are excited to announce the annual conference site-selection process! 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 are seeking host schools for the 2018 and 2019 annual conferences and we'd like to know what your school, city, and region can offer conference attendees! We encourage joint proposals from members in the same geographic region.

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

In a concise proposal, please detail the following:
  • School(s) submitting to host the 2018 or 2019 conference.
  • Why your school/city/region would make an excellent conference host.
  • Local public transit options including details about transit from the closest major airport to the proposed conference site.
  • Local activities available for receptions and excursions.
  • Options for hotel accommodations; hotel should have at minimum 375 sleeping rooms (if necessary, this could include hotels in the immediate vicinity), 10 concurrent breakout rooms, and a general ballroom to accommodate 500 people in round-table seating.
  • Volunteer capacity of employees to assist in hosting duties; which include, but are not limited to, reaching out to alumni and local leaders as speakers, planning an opening reception, securing transportation to local activities, and coordinating on-site student volunteers

  • September - October, 2016 Open question/answer period.
  • November 1, 2016 Notify 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.
  • November 15, 2016 Deadline to submit a proposal by 11:59 pm. Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF from the School's Principal Rep.
  • November 2016 Site Selection Committee will review all proposals.
  • December 2016 / January 2017 Site Selection Committee will make a recommendation to NASPAA's Executive Council and NASPAA announces the site.

Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA)

PPIA and NASPAA are looking for letters of interest from institutions that are interested in bringing a Public Service Weekend to their campus in 2017 or 2018.

For over 30 years the guiding vision of the PPIA Program has been increasing the participation and inclusion of traditionally underrepresented groups at the highest level of public sector leadership. NASPAA supports these endeavors and wishes to aid the PPIA Program in furthering its mission. NASPAA firmly desires to partner with the PPIA Program based on these fundamental values and belief in exciting new generations of students to consider and enter graduate programs and careers in public service. We hope host institution(s) will share this belief and help make this program a successful reality.

Program Description
The Public Service Weekend (PSW) is a two to three-day long program for rising undergraduate sophomores and juniors. The goal for this program is to introduce students to topics in the field of public service through expertise provided by university faculty, graduate student panels, and skill workshops. The audience for the conference can be drawn from either a regional or a national pool of candidates depending on the desired size and scope the host institution has for the event.
This is a tremendous opportunity for your program to take part in shaping the next generation of public sector leaders. We look forward to receiving your proposals for moving forward with the program and working with you to make this event a reality. 

Key Dates
  • September 26, 2016 : Open to accept Letter of Interest (LOI)  
  • November 30, 2016 Letter of Interest due 
  • January, 2017 : Selection & notification
Click here to download RFP .
Submit to PPIA National Office email electronically. 
Questions? Call or email the National Office at 612-625-6944 or

The Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) is now accepting applications for the 2017 PPIA Fellowship!

The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of public policy, public administration or international affairs through participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI).  JSI is an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer at one of these host campuses: The Ford School - University of Michigan; The Goldman School - UC Berkeley;  Heinz College - Carnegie Mellon University; Humphrey School of Public Affairs - University of Minnesota and Woodrow Wilson School - Princeton University.

Eligible candidates are current undergrads who will be completing their B.A. between December 2017 and August 2018. The deadline to apply is   November 1, 2016 More details

The White House's Millennial Outreach and Engagement Summit Recap

David Marshall, Director of Membership Development at NASPAA and Manager of Pi Alpha Alpha was invited to the White House's Millennial Outreach and Engagement Summit. This event brought together leaders from around the country focused on spreading the word to young people about their healthcare enrollment options and helping make sure they have the coverage they need. Participants shared tactics, plans and best practices that will usher in the fourth open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act.

Speakers included Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Department of Education Secretary John King. Additionally White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough announced the roll out of their Healthy Campus Challenge. This Challenge aims to engage college and university campuses, and in particular community college campuses, across the country in enrollment efforts. The White House will work with administrators, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local community leaders and elected officials to reach the uninsured both on campus and in the surrounding community, sharing best practices with them that have worked during prior open enrollment periods.

For more information, click here.
To enroll your campus in the Challenge, click here.
Watch the Summit Video, click here

NASPAA Data Center Update

2015-2016 Annual Data Report due  October 1!
Please complete your program's Annual Data Report here. The data you provide feeds into NASPAA's  School Search and YOUR school profile. Don't miss out on your opportunity to be included! Please complete your report by October 1. If you have any questions, please contact

Participated in the Annual Data Report and interested in 
Benchmarking your Program?
NASPAA now provides custom benchmarking opportunities to members who have submitted their Annual Data Report. Participating schools may contact Stacy Drudy, at for more information or go here.

Program Director's Corner 

2016 Germans from Russia Heritage Society Youth Essay Contest
2016 GRHS Youth Essay Contest  is available for students who are attending public, private, parochial, or home schools, and also for students who are attending accredited universities as a full time undergraduate student.  The Scholarship Deadline is March 31, 2017.

2015-16 Annual Data Report Due 
October 1

Don't forget all accredited programs must complete the accreditation maintenance report, due October 1! The maintenance report and annual program survey share one form to make satisfying accreditation requirements and sharing your program's data publicly easier. Questions? Contact Heather Hamilton at Get started at

2016 Accreditation Institute
Join us! The 2016 Accreditation Institute will be held October 19, 2016 at the NASPAA Annual Conference in Columbus. Prep with the flipped classroom and then join Jack Meek and Jo Ann Ewalt for a full day of training, followed by a reception hosted by West Chester University. Thank you to our other sponsors, The American University in Cairo and Brigham Young University, for also making the day possible!

ICYMI: 2016-17 Roster of Accredited Programs Released!
The Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) has released the 2016-17 Roster of Accredited Programs! The Roster, published annually, includes the 2015-16 cohort with 24 reaccredited programs and 1 program achieving accreditation for the first time. Please join COPRA in congratulating Minnesota State University, Mankato on earning accreditation for the first time, as well as all programs earning reaccreditation this summer!
Congratulations to all programs on your hard work and commitment to public service education!

Interested in Becoming a NASPAA Site Visitor?
We are always looking for new site visitors! Join COPRA at its upcoming training at the ARNOVA Annual Conference in Washington, DC on  November 18 at 3:45 pm.
The training session will touch on logistics of the site visit process, as well as the NASPAA Accreditation Standards. If you are interested in attending our training session, RSVP to and be sure to watch our training videos prior to the conferences!

JPAE Announces Outstanding Article Award Winner
NASPAA and JPAE are pleased to announce the recipients of the Journal of Public 
Affairs Education (JPAE) Outstanding Article Award --Minyoung Ku, Deborah Andersen, and David Andersen all from the University at Albany, State University of New York; Roderick MacDonald from James Madison University; and Michael Deegan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Institute for Water Resources. Their article " Using a Simulation-Based Learning Environment for Teaching and Learning About Complexity in Public Policy Decision Making " appears in the Winter 2016 edition of JPAE. 

Journal of Public Affairs Education: CALL FOR PAPERS


October 19 - 21, 2016:  NASPAA Annual Conference in Columbus, OH - Register today!
October 20 - 23, 2016:  Moving the World Forward: Exploring a Future in Public Service  (for undergraduate students), Binghamton University
December 7 - 9, 2016:  NASPAA Career Directors Conference  at the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
February 25, 2017: NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition


Fellowship opportunity to gain comparative experience in public policy in New Zealand

Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy are for outstanding mid-career American professionals to research and gain firsthand experience of public policy in New Zealand. Fellowships valued at up to NZ$58,500 are granted each year, towards seven months of research and practical experience in an area relevant to both countries. Fellows gain firsthand knowledge of public policy in New Zealand, including economic, social and political reforms and management of the government sector and bring back invaluable insights of another system to their work in the United States.

The programme has three goals:
- to reinforce New Zealand-United States links by enabling Americans of high intellectual ability and leadership potential to come to New Zealand to gain experience and build contacts in public policy development;
- to help improve the practice of public policy in New Zealand and the United States by the cross-fertilization of ideas and experience in the two countries; and
- to build a network of public policy experts on both sides of the Pacific, and encourage ongoing policy exchange between New Zealand and the United States.

Applications close April 1 annually. 
Find out more and apply at or  by contacting Frank Cain, US Co-ordinator at ph. 202-460-0609 or

NASPAA Welcomes New Staff
NASPAA welcomes Ryan Etzcorn, Global Accreditation Associate 

R yan comes to NASPAA with a dedicated interest in the ways that accreditation can be approached and enriched from the global frame. Before starting as NASPAA's Global Accreditation Associate, Ryan lived, studied and worked in both Southeast Michigan and various regions of China for several years. He recently completed both an MPP and an MA from the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and it's Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. While at the University of Michigan, Ryan also worked with its Nonprofit and Public Management Center as a strategic analyst and served as a board member of a local nonprofit that consulted for smaller public charities. First as an intern and then after graduation, Ryan briefly worked with an immigrant economic development organization in Detroit on its initiatives to promote the state's international students and their contributions to the local economy. Aside from his interests in international education and policy, Ryan is also deeply passionate about music and worked as a full-time, touring musician in the U.S. and Europe from 2009 to 2013.

Ryan can be reached at or 202-628-8965 ext. 109. 

Member News

Name Changed at Baruch
Baruch's School of Public and International Affairs changed its name to the
Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs in honor of  Austin W. Marxe, Baruch alumnus and investment banker, who is giving a $30 million donation to Baruch College.

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