Stay Tuned for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey is now officially the single biggest rain event in the history of the Lower 48 United States with 51.9 inches recorded just east of Houston, Texas.
Several NASPAA member schools have already been directly impacted and several more are still in its path. At press time of this newsletter, Harvey's rain continue to fall on Eastern Texas and Western Louisiana. At first glance, the University of Houston appears to be severely impacted. However, the full extent of the storm's damage and devastation won't be known for days or weeks to come. Certainly its impact will be felt for much longer - most likely years in the future. NASPAA is reaching out to the following schools, please keep their faculty, staff and students in your thoughts.
  • Stephen F. Austin University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
  • Texas Southern University
  • University of Houston
  • Grambling State University
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe
Please stay tuned for ways you can assist in the recovery efforts once we hear back from our member schools.


NASPAA's 2017 Alumni Survey is now closed.

Thank you to those schools who participated!

Join us at the NASPAA Conference to learn about this year's results.

For any questions regarding the Alumni Survey contact Stacy Drudy at, or go to the Alumni Survey website.

View last years results here !

David Birdsell to Open NASPAA's Standards Colloquium with September Speech at Shanghai University of Finance and Economic Conference on  Impacts of Rapid Globalization on Public Administration

At Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE),  NASPAA President David Birdsell will be speaking at the first event related to NASPAA's two year-long Standards Colloquium process, on the topic of public service values and different institutional and political structures.  As part of a larger event convened and hosted by SUFE, President Birdsell and Executive Director Laurel McFarland will join participants from schools on several continents to discuss to what extent public service values converge or diverge with rapid globalization, and what challenges educators face. Professors Wei Yu (SUFE) and Steve Ott (University of Utah) have also been key figures in the planning of the meeting, which is part of an academic series celebrating SUFE's Centennial.

The NASPAA Standards colloquium events will continue in October with a colloquium breakfast at the NASPAA conference in Washington, DC., and then over the next couple of years, NASPAA will be conducting regional dialogues with member schools and other stakeholders on the three topics announced in July by President Birdsell and Standards Committee Chair Chandler Stolp: Global accreditation, Embracing new developments in our field, and fostering Transparency in accreditation. Member schools will also be encouraged to identify additional topics for discussion and review.    
The purpose of these colloquia is to gather NASPAA members to discuss our standards, the latest iteration of which was adopted in 2009. Since then, 199 programs have been newly accredited or reaccredited under those standards. Much has changed since 2009. The question facing us today is: How have our accreditation standards held up?  And while NASPAA does much more than accreditation, assurance of learning remains one of our most important and visible functions. In making judgments about programmatic capacity, COPRA needs to be armed with standards that fully comprehend the diverse ambitions of our member institutions.  Please join in and participate in the Standards Colloquium, whether at the conference or On the Road. Everyone is welcome!

NASPAA Conference

Don't miss early-bird rate for  #NASPAA2017 
Annual Conference Registration  Sept. 6!

Check out the 2017 NASPAA Annual Conference Program Schedule  (as of 8/31/17), and be sure to check out these thought provoking and educational sessions.
Wednesday, Pre-Conference Workshops
  • Accreditation Institute
  • Doctoral Education Workshop
  • New Director's Roundtable
  • Creating Dynamic Video Lectures Using Free and Simple Tools
Thursday and Friday, Conference Panels
  • Fostering Continuous Improvements in Online and Hybrid Public Affairs Education
  • Deans on Reforming the Curriculum: Latest Overhauls
  • Populism Around the World: Impacts on Governance and Public Affairs
  • Fundraising in Schools of Public Affairs
  • Teaching Critical Approaches to Managing Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations
  • Public Service Education about Corruption and Government Transparency
  • Practicing What We Preach is Harder than it Sounds: Developing and Implementing an Effective Diversity Plan
Join your NASPAA colleagues and friends to continue the conversations and comradely into the night.  All events are included with conference registration!
Wednesday Welcome Reception
Oct. 11, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Thornton Rooms, 11th Floor, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Sponsored by:
  • Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy
  • American University, School of Public Affairs
  • George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government
  • George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
  • University of the District of Columbia, School of Business and Public Administration
  • University of Maryland, School of Public Policy

Thursday Evening Reception
Oct. 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Hall of States Rooftop

Sponsored by:
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

Biden Initiative  NEWLY ANNOUNCED!  
Oct. 13, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Keynote by Former U.S. Vice President, Joseph R. Biden
Sponsored by:  University of Delaware, School of Public Policy and Administration

Friday Platinum Sponsors Reception
Oct. 13, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Sponsored by:
  • Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs
  • Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
  • University of Southern California, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
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. Meeting Thursday or Friday at the conference include:
  • Budget & Financial Management Section Meeting
  • Comprehensive Schools Section Meeting
  • Data Committee Meeting
  • Diversity and Social Equity Committee Meeting
  • Doctoral Education Committee Meeting
  • Election Administration Section Meeting
  • Emergency Management & Homeland Security Section Meeting
  • Executive MPA Committee Meeting
  • Healthcare Section Meeting
  • International Committee Meeting
  • Local Government Management Education Section Meeting
  • Marketing the MPA/MPP Committee Meeting
  • Nonprofit Management Education Session Meeting
  • Pi Alpha Alpha Committee Meeting
  • Policy Issues Committee Meeting
  • Research Committee Meeting
  • Small Programs Section Meeting
  • Undergraduate Committee Meeting
  • Urban-Serving Universities Section Meeting


Registration is now OPEN! Be sure to register by Sept. 6 to secure the early bird rate of $390.

Reserve your room in the NASPAA room block at the conference hotel, Hyatt Regency  Capitol Hill. The rate is $279 per night and will be available until Sept. 19 or until rooms sell out.

Sponsor support of the conference is crucial  and appreciated. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, a few opportunities remain. To learn more, contact Leigh Anne Elliott at .

Looking to promote your program, faculty, or new initiatives to the NASPAA community? A few spaces remain for advertisements in the printed conference program, table-top exhibits and conference bag inserts. Deadlines are approaching, contact if you are interested.

#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 United States .

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 4, 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.


NASPAA Recognizes its Outstanding Faculty and Students with the 2017 NASPAA Awards 

We are excited to announce the    recipients of the 2017 NASPAA Awards . Congratulations to all the recipients and a huge thank you to all the committee members who read the applications as well as faculty, staff, students, and alumni who wrote recommendations. The awards will be presented at the NASPAA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, October 12, and Friday, October 13.

2017 NASPAA Faculty Award Recipients: 

Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award
Anna Gassman-Pines, Duke University

Leslie Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award
Barbara Crosby, University of Minnesota

NASPAA/ASPAA Distinguished Research Award
Evan Berman, Victoria University of Wellington

Social Justice Curriculum Award
RaJade M. Berry-James, North Carolina State University

Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter Advisor Award of Excellence
Daniel Williams, Baruch College

Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter Grant
Aziza Zemrani, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter Grant
Bridgett King, Auburn University

Pi Alpha Alpha Public Service Loan Forgiveness Grant
Mary Bruce, Governors State University

2017 NASPAA Student Award Recipients:
NASPAA Dissertation Award
Lang Yang, Indiana University Bloomington

Staats Emerging Scholar Award
Rashmi Chordiya,  University of Texas at Dallas

Staats Emerging Scholar Award
Mallory Flowers,  Georgia Tech University

Staats Emerging Scholar Award
Federica Fusi,  Arizona State University

Pi Alpha Alpha Masters Student Manuscript Award
John Palatucci,  Rutgers University-Newark

Pi Alpha Alpha Doctoral Student Manuscript Award
Jinhai Yu,  University of Kentucky

Student Simulation Competition 

Are NASPAA Students Ready for the Next Global Pandemic?

We are gearing up for the 2018 Student Simulation Competition that will be held over the course of two weekends ( February 24 and March 3). Thank you to all the schools that submitted applications to host next year's event. We appreciate your commitment to experiential and simulation-based learning! We will announce the final list of schools at the annual conference in October.

The 2018 simulation topic, Pandemic Crisis Management, will certainly get students thinking about whether the world is ready to handle the next deadly pandemic. Given the rise of dangerous outbreaks around the world, from Ebola in West Africa to Zika in South America to MERS in the Middle East, we believe it is imperative that our students in public service education are provided with the tools to be able to respond appropriately. It is highly probable that we will be faced with a widespread, deadly outbreak of disease during this lifetime. In fact, the number of new diseases has increased nearly fourfold over the past 60 years and since 1980, the number of outbreaks per year has more than tripled. It is our responsibility to ensure that the next generation of public servants are trained to mitigate the deadly consequences of a global pandemic.

During the simulation, MPA/MPP students will utilize their backgrounds in finance, organization governance, policy analysis, government administration and resource management to manage a crisis like the deadly outbreak of pandemic disease. While MPH students are taught the epidemiological and scientific methods to disease eradication and prevention, MPA/MPP students would work within the confines of governing bodies to reassess the rules and institutions that govern health policy and practice at the subnational, national, regional, and global levels.

We are looking to NASPAA member schools to help make this competition the most productive and educational experience for our students. If you or any of your colleagues are experts on the topics of pandemics and crisis management, please consider embarking on this simulation journey with us. We are seeking the expertise from experts to help develop content for the simulation. Additionally, we are mobilizing judges and super judges who will play a crucial role in identifying the regional and global winners of the competition. If you are interested in supporting this endeavor, please e-mail your contact information to

We look forward to hearing from you.

Data Center

2016-2017 Annual Data Report Opens August 1st,  Due Oct. 2  
NASPAA's Annual Data Report, which feeds into NASPAA's  school search and your school profile, opens August 1st!  You can directly log in to your Annual Data Report using  this link
For more information regarding the Annual Data Report, go  here or contact NASPAA's Data Center Director, Stacy Drudy at

US News and World Report Update
Thank you to those programs who confirmed their contact information and both voters for this Fall's US News and World Report Rankings. If your program has not done so, please have your principal representative contact to confirm this information no later than September 4 COB

Does your school offer a Doctoral Program?
NASPAA will shortly be conducting a survey of Doctoral programs.  The results of which will be shared at the Doctoral Workshop (Wed., Oct. 11) at this year's NASPAA Annual Conference in Washington DC.  If your school offers a Doctoral program that is not currently on NASPAA's list of programs located  here, please notify  to ensure you are included in the survey recipients and so our listing may be updated to include your program.  

Infographic: Requirement Trends 

Accreditation and Standards

Thank you, COPRA!
With the new year upon us, the 2016-17 Commission has officially completed its work, and the 2017-18 Commission is just kicking off! COPRA looks forward to a successful review cycle, under the leadership of Chair Jeffrey Osgood (West Chester University)!

NASPAA would like to thank the following COPRA members for their combined 17 years of service to COPRA:

  • Robert Bifulco, Syracuse University
  • Rose Diaz, Columbia University
  • Andrew Ewoh, Texas Southern University
  • Jared Llorens, Louisiana State University
  • Michael Massiah, Port Authority of NY/NJ
  • Brian Williams, The University of Georgia
We would also like to welcome our newest COPRA members:
  • Josefina Bruni-Celli, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administraci√≥n (IESA)
  • Kathrene Hansen Kin, Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board 
  • Dana Michael Harsell, University of North Dakota
  • MENG Bo, Tsinghua University
  • Peter Ngwafu, Albany State University
  • William Rivenbark, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Please join us in thanking all Commissioners for their commitment and service to our field!

Important Accreditation Dates:
Stay up-to-date with happenings in accreditation!
  • October 2, 2017 - Annual 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 .

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.

Members News 

Michael S. Barr named dean of U-M's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Barr is the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt professor of law in the Law School and a professor of public policy in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy has named a new dean: Katherine Baicker
, a leading scholar in the economic analysis of health care policy. 

ASU's School of Public Affairs has named 

a new director: Don Siegel, formerly the business dean at the University at Albany. According to ASU, he will focus on fundraising, collaboration, and student and alumni success. 

Rutgers University-Newark 's School of Public Affairs and Administration has a new Dean: Charles E. Menifield
Rutgers University has named Charles E. Menifield Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University-Newark. Dr. Menifield follows Professor Gregg G. Van Ryzin who served as Interim Dean for a year, and University Professor Marc Holzer, who was the founding dean of the school from 2006-2016. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Dr. Menifield was the Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the University of Missouri-Columbia's Truman School of Public Affairs. Before that, he was at the University of Memphis for nine years where he was a Professor and Associate Professor and served as Director of the public and nonprofit administration program. Dean Menifield is an expert on budgeting and financial management, as well as the participation of underrepresented groups in politics. He has served as both a NASPAA Executive Council Member and a member of the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation.

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