Are Your MPA/MPP Students Ready to Confront Global Migration Challenges?

Introducing #NBSIM2019 Competition Teams!

North South University South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance in Dhaka, Bangladesh

University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in Ann Arbor, Michigan

NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition
Topic: Global Migration
Saturday, February 23, 2019 

Will your students be there?

If you do not plan to nominate students for the competition, please notify them about
student self-nomination. Students self-registering have the option to form teams with their peers.

Deans, Directors, Pi Alpha Alpha Advisors  nominate your students here

The competition is open to Masters students only. Undergraduate students may not apply nor be nominated.


Thank You All 2019 Competition Host Sites
  • Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (Ciudad de México)
  • Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy (Washington, D.C.)
  • KDI School of Public Policy and Management (Sejong, Republic of Korea)
  • Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy (Astana, Kazakhstan)
  • North South University -- South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
  • Rutgers University -- Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration (Rutgers, NJ)
  • The American University in Cairo School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (Cairo, Egypt)
  • United Nations University -- MERIT (Maastricht, Netherlands) in partnership with School of Public Policy, Central European University (Budapest, Hungary)
  • The University of Michigan -- Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • The University of Texas at Austin -- Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs (Austin, TX)
  • University of San Francisco School of Management (San Francisco, CA)
  • Villanova University (Villanova, PA)
Contacting the NASPAA-Batten Competition Team
In the meantime, if you have any questions about the competition, please e-mail us at We will do our best to get back to you within 24 hours. We look forward to receiving your nominations and connecting with you very soon!


U.S. News and World Report Reminder

USNWR have sent out the Public Affairs Survey

The survey has been emailed to the contacts schools provided NASPAA. As an update this year, the survey no longer requires usernames and passwords-respondents can click directly on the survey link in the email to enter the survey. The email address will come from .  If you do not receive a survey, please check your spam folder; if you still do not see the survey contact who will provide you a contact at USNWR for assistance.
If you have technical problems with the survey, please reach out to your assigned data collector. Each survey recipient has been randomly assigned to one of the Data Collectors at U.S. News. The Data Collector will be indicated in the body of the email that each individual receives.

Results of the survey will be made publicly available in Mid-March. 

NASPAA Welcomes New Members
Public Service Weekend

Rockefeller College Hosts
PPIA Public Service 

In partnership with PPIA and NASPAA, the University at Albany's nationally ranked Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy hosted 34 undergraduate students from 23 universities spanning the country for a weekend dedicated to exploring opportunities in public service, November 2-4 in Albany, N.Y. Portions of the three-day conference were spent at the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, including the New York State Capitol, Legislative Office Building, and Corning Tower, as well as Rockefeller College's historic downtown campus. With a theme of "Ensuring Accountability and Integrity - Public Service as a Force for Positive Change," students learned from prominent local, state and federal officials and gained a better understanding of career options in public service and the knowledge and skills needed to get them to where they want to be. Alumni speakers included representatives from the New York State Assembly, Albany County Legislature, Empire Justice Center, Schenectady County Human Rights Commission, U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of State, Sesame Workshop, and CNN. Students also took part in a public service group challenge and presented on the topics of government budgeting, the ethics of drone strikes to deter terrorism, and the use of hydraulic fracturing in New York State.

McCourt School of Public Policy and the Walsh School of
Foreign Service hosted their second annual PPIA Public Service Weekend

The McCourt School of Public Policy and the Walsh School of Foreign Service hosted their second
 annual PPIA Public Service Weekend on November 9-11. This year's theme was "Challenges in the International System." From a pool of 80 applicants, 37 participants traveled to DC to spend the weekend reflecting on and engaging with issues ranging from career paths in public service to the role of US diplomacy in a changing political landscape. Participants hailed from all corners of the country - including California, Texas, Arkansas, Michigan, Vermont, Florida, and Minnesota - and brought with them a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives on public policy and international affairs.
The weekend kicked off on Friday evening with a discussion led by Stephanie Valencia, former Obama White House Principal Deputy Director of Public Engagement and contributor to West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House. On Saturday students participated in a case study presentation and discussion about the conflict in Syria with Professor Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Chair for the Global Politics and Security Concentration in the MSFS Program.  Over dinner, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Distinguished Resident Fellow in African Studies at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and former Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, gave the keynote address.

In addition to these presentations, students explored issues related to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, career development in public policy and international affairs, and the graduate school application process. The weekend was filled with lively and inspiring discussions drawn from the energy of 37 outstanding scholars from around the country who brought their commitment to, insights on, and aspiration for careers that impact the world.

Data Center

Does your school offer a PhD Program?
NASPAA as part of our PhD Pathways initiative is currently surveying current and recent (~5 years) doctoral students.  NASPAA requests that schools that offer a PhD Program send the following survey link to their current students and recent alumni:  The information NASPAA collects will inform the types of programs, resources, and information that NASPAA will spend its time developing for current and future doctoral students.  Reference PDF here

Trend Data about NASPAA Schools and graduates
NASPAA presents data to the membership each year at the PI Alpha Alpha Awards Luncheon.  Download this year's PowerPoint presentation.

2017-2018 Annual Data Report Past Due!
NASPAA's Annual Data Report, which feeds into NASPAA's  school search and your school profile, is past due.   You can directly log in to your Annual Data ReportFor more information regarding the Annual Data Report, go  here  or contact NASPAA's Data Center Director, Stacy Drudy .

Also, please note, NASPAA is currently in the process of updating its website and the school search.  Schools who do not provide data will not show up in searches in the revamped school search.

Does your school offer an Undergraduate Program?
NASPAA, on behalf of the Undergraduate Committee, is conducting a survey on undergraduate public affairs education. Please use the following link to complete the survey: A copy of the survey is here for your reference.

Basic information from this survey such as: undergraduate major(s) offered, link to the program's website, availability of 4+1 or 3+2 options, etc. will be posted to the NASPAA website and shared on the Undergraduate Listserv.  To be added to the listserv contact or

Accreditation and Standards

November 2018 COPRA Policy Statement
COPRA released its November 2018 Policy Statement, which is intended to build upon previous Policy Statements and provide a window into COPRA's decision-making. The statement officially extends the current expectations regarding student learning assessment and Standard 5.1 to programs in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 cohorts. There are no updates to the Self-Study Instructions this year.

2016-17 Accreditation Data Report
COPRA is pleased to release its Annual Accreditation Data Report! The 2016-17 Report provides increased insight into the public affairs field, and the faculty, students, and alumni of our accredited programs. Thank you to each NASPAA-accredited program for providing the data featured in the report.

NASPAA Career Conference

Host School Needed: 2019 Career Professionals Conference
NASPAA is seeking a host for the 2019 Career Professionals Conference. The host school has tremendous ability to help shape the agenda and move the conversation forward on many issues career professionals are facing. The conference is traditionally held on a member campus in early December and 40-50 career directors or those that serve in career service functions attend.

See the  RFP with additional information and criteria. Applications can be brief and submitted by email. The deadline is Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

Questions? Contact

Scholarship  Announcement

Recovery Village, an organization with locations across the country, dedicated to helping those struggling with substance abuse into recovery, is offering a $1,000 award to students pursuing a health-related degree program who have been personally affected by addiction. Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship:

Do You Have a Shot?

We're assembling NASPAA's new website, which will be launched soon. The website will present a fresh  look and  provide many new services and opportunities for you to participate in NASPAA activities and grow as a program.  To get there, though, we're asking you for PHOTOS!  
If your photo is selected, we will use it on our website and caption it to give credit to your school. You can email the photo in almost any format (check with Monchaya if you have questions) to If it's an old photo, please scan it with a high resolution iPhone or scanner.  We would be grateful if you could provide a caption that includes the name of your school, identify any relevant people in the shot, and an approximate date of the photo if you know it.

Here are the categories, and the emphasis is on ACTION-students and faculty doing things.


Please make sure that any subjects in your photograph have given permission for you to use it.  Thank you!

NASPAA 2019 Annual Conference

Save the Date: #NASPAA2019 
October 16-19, 2019,  Los Angeles, CA
Please mark your calendars - we are excited to see you in Los Angeles for the 2019 NASPAA Annual Conference! 

Join us at #NASPAA2019 in Los Angeles

We are looking forward to working with this stellar group of local host schools!
University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy
California State University, Los Angeles, Department of Political Science
California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), Department of Public Administration
University of La Verne, College of Business & Public Management
Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy
The Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School (RAND)
University of California Los Angles (UCLA), Luskin School of Public Affairs
California State University, Fullerton, Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice

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