NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition
The 2020 Competition is Almost Here!
The NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition is little over one month away! We are thrilled to be hosting the competition at 8 sites around the globe. From Bangalore, India to Austin, Texas - hundreds of students and professors will be immersed in transportation policy on February 29 and March 7, 2020.
Introducing Competition Judges 
We are so excited for the over 30 regional judges who will participate in the competition. See who will be the judges on each site at nbsims.org.
Thank You All 2020 Beta-Test Competitions and Host Sites
Beta-Test Competitions: 

  • The University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Policy (January 25, 2020)
  • Binghamton University Master of Public Administration Program (February 1, 2020)

Global Host Sites:

  • Institute of Public Policy, National Law School of India University, Bangalore and Fields of View Bangalore, India (February 29, 2020)
  • School of Public Policy at Central European University in partnership with United Nations University -- MERIT, Hungary (February 29, 2020)
  • KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Korea (March 7, 2020)
  • Pepperdine University School of Public Policy, USA (March 7, 2020)
  • The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs, USA (March 7, 2020)
  • University of Texas at Arlington in partnership with University of Texas at Dallas, USA (March 7, 2020)
  • University at Albany Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, USA (March 7, 2020)
  • George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government, USA (March 7, 2020)
Advancing Quality and Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference
Join NASPAA in Ho Chi Minh City on March 26 & 27!
NASPAA, in collaboration with Fulbright Vietnam University, is pleased to host an event focused on Advancing Quality and Innovative Teaching & Learning. The conference seeks to support program development in strategic management and pedagogy across two days: 

Day 1 will focus on supporting graduate programs in articulating their unique strategic management components in the context of the NASPAA Accreditation Standards. Through a full day of hands-on work, attendees will gain the skills necessary to express their public service values, diversity and inclusion efforts, governance structure, and assessment tools to a global audience.

Day 2 will focus on sharing best practices in innovative pedagogies, including using student simulations and case studies on topics pertaining to the sustainable development goals as tools for student teaching and learning. Participants will hear a variety of perspectives and practices from experts in our field.

Both days are designed to provide you with the tools to strategically grow your program and practical ideas to implement at your home institution. 

The event is open to anyone interested and will be delivered in English. Questions about the conference? email copra@naspaa.org.

This is a unique opportunity to engage with NASPAA’s global network.
We look forward to welcoming you to Vietnam!
NASPAA's Institute of Teaching and Learning
Congratulations to NASPAA's First Case Competition Winner!
Angela Hull
University of Missouri, Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs

Case Proposal: Saving Children at All Costs
Election Administration Course Offerings
NASPAA is collecting a list of courses being offered by our members in Election Administration. This listing is publicly available on the NASPAA website. If you offer courses in Election Administration and would like to have your courses included please email the following information to drudy@naspaa.org: course title, when it is being offered (Spring, Summer, Fall), the format of the course (online vs in person) and a link to information students may find useful.
Public Service Indicators Pilot
NASPAA is currently conducting a pilot of our Public Service Indicators project. If your program is still interested in participating in the pilot, please contact drudy@naspaa.org . The Public Service Indicators project will allow for accredited programs who are committed to Civic Engagement, Inclusion, Globalization, and Sustainability to be publicly recognized for their commitment on NASPAA's website. Learn more here .
Accreditation and Standards
Join NASPAA Site Visitor Training at ASPA!
If you plan to attend the 2020 ASPA Annual Conference, please join us at the NASPAA Site Visitor Training. This session will take place Sunday, April 5 at 11:45 a.m.

If you are interested in attending this training session, reserve your spot at copra@naspaa.org.

Be sure to watch our training videos prior to the training, and bring your friends!
Important Accreditation Dates
Stay up-to-date with happenings in accreditation!

  • August 15, 2020Self-study reports from the 2020-2021 cohort due- the form is now LIVE in the system!
NASPAA Welcomes New Member

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Department of Public Policy
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Department of Public Policy is a transdisciplinary department focused primarily on graduate education through its Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program , which is based on a common curriculum of core courses with concentrations offered in three areas: educational policy, environmental policy, and public management. In addition to the MPP, the Department currently also offers graduate certificate programs in all three MPP concentration areas: educational policy , environmental policy, and public management .

The Department also has a joint program with the UMass School of Law that offers students the ability to obtain both a Juris Doctor and Master of Public Policy in a 4-5 year time frame on a full-time basis:

The department has been delivering its course content fully online since Fall of 2010.

We recently welcomed our fifth full-time dedicated faculty member in 2018. With this threshold requirement now met, we are excited to more fully integrate our academic unit with NASPAA. NASPAA offers unparalleled support in public affairs with networking, resource, faculty and student support opportunities. We are very excited to now join our colleague programs from Amherst and Boston as NASPAA members, and also to join the ranks of over 300 institutional members.

We look forward to taking advantage of the opportunities and privileges of NASPAA membership, as well as looking forward to program accreditation in the near future.

More information about ourselves and our programs can be found here:

NASPAA Welcomes New Intern
Alex Minkoff
Alex is an MPA student at American University in Washington, DC. This spring, he will be working on the 2020 NASPAA-Batten Simulation Competition which focuses on sustainable public transportation practices. He will also be assisting with the technology management for the NASPAA office. His goals for his education and for his work experience are to build up his skills in quantitative data analysis as well as in organizational leadership. Having worked in the public school system in Vermont, he is eager to keep helping people in the public sector. 

His dream is to contribute to systemic and sustainable solutions to building disaster resilience in developing communities around the world. He is looking forward to working with NASPAA on building and delivering valuable learning experiences to aspiring public service students through the NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition.
Fellowships for Recent PhDs in Policy and Community Development

The Partnership for Public Service has been selected by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) as a host organization for the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. The Public Fellows program promotes the visibility and value of the humanities PhD beyond the academy by offering opportunities for PhDs to take on substantive roles in the fields of policy, community development, arts and culture, media, and international affairs. In 2020, the program will place up to 21 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows receive an annual stipend of $70,000, as well as access to employer-based health insurance through the host organization. In addition, ACLS provides funds for relocation and professional development. Fellows receive professional mentoring and participate in career development programming, both in-person and virtually. The application deadline is March 18, 2020 (9pm EDT).

For more information, please visit http://www.acls.org/programs/publicfellowscomp/. The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program is an initiative of the American Council of Learned Societies and is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Please direct all inquiries about the fellowship program to ACLS.

Podcast with Director of the Census

 Dr. Steven Dillingham , U.S. Census Director , visited LBJ back in December. The podcast is about the strategy for the 2020 Census—and about the opportunities for college and university students to work for the Census in the coming months. It is a nice combination of policy discussion and employment chances for NASPAA students.

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