Countdown to NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Begins!

Host Nations: A Refugee Simulation

We are less than two weeks away from the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition on Global Migration! This year, the competition is hosted in 11 sites around the globe, with over 600 students participating. 

Built specifically for students of public policy, Host Nations: A Refugee Simulation is a web-based experiential learning tool. Taking on roles such as Prime Minister, Minister of Labor, or Minister of Health and Human Services, players will work in teams to manage a migrant influx. Each player will oversee a distinct policy portfolio and the decisions they make will affect not only their own country but the other teams' as well.

The game challenges participants to weigh human rights, integration, and GDP growth against budget restrictions and political resistance. Teams will be evaluated on simulation scores, negotiation skills, and presentations made to regional site judges. A panel of prominent "super judges" will determine the global winner and award $5,000 USD in prize money.

Announcing the 2019 Global Super Judges 


Kathleen Newland is a Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute. Her focus is on the relationship between migration and development, the governance of international migration, and refugee protection. She is also the Founding Director of the International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) during its incubation phase at MPI from 2011-13; IdEA was established as a partnership among MPI, the State Department, and U.S. Agency for International Development. She is a Member of the MPI Board of Trustees. Previously, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, she was a Senior Associate and then Co-Director of the International Migration Policy Program (1994-01).

Ms. Newland is author or editor of nine books, including All at Sea: The Policy Challenges of Rescue, Interception, and Long-Term Response to Maritime Migration (MPI, 2016); and Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development: A Handbook for Policymakers and Practitioners in Home and Host Countries (MPI and International Organization for Migration, 2012).

Ms. Newland is a graduate of Harvard University and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She did additional graduate work at the London School of Economics.

Read the Washington Post profile of Kathleen Newland.
Read Ms. Newland's report, Circular Migration and Human Development.


Mr. Showvik Das Tamal is a human rights lawyer with particular expertise on strategic humanitarian response and policy advocacy.

Mr. Das is currently working with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as a National Officer (NOA) for managing external relations with bi-lateral and multi-lateral development partners, civil society organizations and academia with primary focus on programme development, conducting political analysis, strengthening communications and knowledge management. Earlier in his career, he worked with UNDP Bangladesh (Democratic Governance Cluster), National Human Rights Commission and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust.

As voluntary social engagement, Mr. Das contributes to the governance structure of a renowned NGO Action Aid International as a member of its International Board.

Mr. Das studied forced migration at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Prior to starting his career with the United Nations he completed his LL.M. (Masters in International Human Rights Law) and LL.B. (Graduation in Law) at University of Dhaka.


Thomas is Migration Policy Group (MPG) Research Director. Thomas joined MPG in 2006, and since 2018, he coordinates research and communications. On behalf of MPG, he chairs the EU's migrant education network (SIRIUS) and the quarterly migration meetings of the EU NGO Platform on EU Asylum and Migration (EPAM). He is also the coordinator of MPG's Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), the European Website on Integration (EWSI), the VoteBrussels campaign and the Transatlantic Migrant Democracy Dialogue.

He is the author of "Time for Europe to get Migrant Integration Right" (2016) Council of Europe: Commission for Human Rights

Thank You All 2019 Competition Host Sites
  • Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas División de Administración Pública
    (Ciudad de México)
  • Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy (Washington, D.C.)
  • KDI School of Public Policy and Management (Sejong, Republic of Korea)
  • 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 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (Villanova, PA)

Follow the Competition on Social Media

Hashtag: #NBSIM2019
Handles to tag: @UVaBatten and @NASPAA

Accounts to tag: Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration

Hashtag: #NBSIM2019
Handles to tag: @uvabatten and @naspaaglobal and @NBStudentSimulation

Competition Website http://nbsims.org/competitions/2019/

NASPAA Annual Conference

#NASPAA2019 Call for Proposals to Open Soon

Reconstructing Governance for the Next 50 Years

The 2019 NASPAA Annual Conference will be held in Los Angeles, California in October, and it marks the beginning of NASPAA's 50th anniversary year. The 1960s were formative years for democracy and governance. During these tumultuous times, 50 years ago, citizen, civil rights and social movements expected government to promote full employment, eliminate poverty, reduce pollution, end racial and gender inequality, and land mankind on the moon. While 50 years were not enough to accomplish the above, similar problems persist in an environment where citizens have less trust and faith in what elected and career government officials can do for them. NASPAA responds to this challenge with a call to action: we as educators can and must train students to reconstruct governance for the next half century. We have the options of retreating into the apparent safety of past practices or moving assertively to transform our practices and build sustainable societies. The conference planning committee seeks proposals in the following areas.

Track 1: Imagining the Next 50 Years of Innovation in Public Affairs Teaching and Learning
Track 2: From Diversity to Inclusion to Power, 1970 to 2030
Track 3: Data in Public Affairs Education for the Next 50 Years

Within these tracks, we seek a special category of retrospective panels asking:  how far have NASPAA and our schools come in the last 50 years, in critical aspects of our field?  Retrospectives could include (feel free to use your imagination): achieving social equity and diversity in our programs; increasing the resources available for public service education; attracting the best and brightest to public service; teaching budgeting and financial management; globalizing our curriculum, scholarship and membership. It is highly recommended that these panels have at least one person who has been working in the field before 1980. If you need suggestions of individuals, contact NASPAA for help.

Watch your email in the next few days for the official call for proposals and criteria! Submissions will be due mid-April.

2019 Conference Program Committee
  • Mohamad Alkadry, (CHAIR), University of Connecticut, Department of Public Policy
  • Laura Bloomberg, University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • David Birdsell, Baruch College, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs
  • John Donahue, Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Laila El Baradei, The American University in Cairo (AUC), School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP)
  • Susan Gooden, Virginia Commonwealth University, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • Jack Knott, University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy
  • Charles Menifield, Rutgers University, Newark, School of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Kathy Newcomer, The George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
  • Michelle Piskulich, Oakland University
  • Pablo Sanabria Pulido, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, Escuela de Gobierno Alberto Lleras Camargo
  • Nadia Rubaii, Binghamton University, Department of Public Administration
  • Ethel Williams, University of Nebraska Omaha, College of Public Affairs and Community Service
  • Kaifeng Yang, Renmin University of China, School of Public Administration and Policy

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 Angeles (UCLA), Luskin School of Public Affairs
California State University, Fullerton, Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice


NASPAA President Speaks at Brussels meeting
NASPAA president Palmira Rios participated in the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) Governance Week at their Brussels Headquarters on January 29 and 30. In addition to IIAS entities, the IIAS Governance Week is a time for agencies and strategic partners of IIAS to discuss the field of public administration. NASPAA's president presented at the meeting and also discussed the UN Sustainable Development Goals and other projects of mutual interest. The program included workshops on international governance issues and external challenges and opportunities.

NASPAA Executive Director Speaks at the UAE Public Policy Forum
On January 29, NASPAA Executive Director Laurel McFarland spoke in Dubai at the UAE Public Policy Forum, "Accelerating SDGS Implementation: Future Policy Frameworks 2030." Also speaking at the global gathering of experts and officials were Mohammed Bin Rashid School of School of Government Faculty Martin Spraggon and Fadi Salem.   The Forum placed education policy in the larger context of all the different approaches  to pressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  into greater service in policy making. Thus, Laurel addressed specifically what is needed in educational policies and curricula globally to achieve  the SDGs. She focused on what public affairs schools can and are doing to achieve SDG16, advancing effective governance globally.  She said, "SDG16 reminds us that if we can graduate students into the world who can contribute to more transparent, accountable, and participatory government, we can come much closer to achieving ALL the SDGs." She also highlighted the usefulness of experiential education and civic engagement on the campus to enable students to practice how to encourage citizen participation and achieve SDG16 subsequently in their careers. She also touched on the importance of teaching data "forensics", the skills needed to investigate, construct, and understand data from nontraditional or reluctant sources.  The forum benefited from having high ranking officials from the UAE present to relate what that country is doing to contribute to the SDG effort in the Middle East and around the world. 

NASPAA Website: New School Search

NASPAA is excited to announce we will be launching an updated, modern, mobile-friendly version of the NASPAA website shortly!  We can't wait to unveil to you our new features and capabilities with our new web platform. Here is a sneak peek of the new School Search! 

Note: Schools who do not provide data will not show up in searches in the revamped school search. 

Please submit your 2007-18 Annual Data Report. You can directly
log in to your Annual Data Report. For more information regarding the Annual Data Report, go  here or contact NASPAA's Data Center Director,  Stacy Drudy

Data Center

NASPAA Enrollment Audit Underway!
NASPAA has emailed ALL NASPAA Members to verify and collect enrollment data from the last five years.  NASPAA requires this information as part of our  Code of Good Practice .  
Schools that have provided enrollment data have been asked to verify the data we have.  Schools that have not provided enrollment data are requested to provide that information. Our current   trends analysis (PowerPoint) shows a decline in enrollments in our programs.  However, this trend analysis is based on the 130 programs who have provided enrollment data every year.  In order to provide our members an authoritative look at enrollments in our field it is vital for schools to provide this data.  
PhD Pathways Student Survey-Please Distribute to Current PhDs
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:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NASPAAPhDPathways2018 .  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 .  
IMPORTANT: 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 Report . For more information regarding the Annual Data Report, go  here  or contact NASPAA's Data Center Director,  Stacy Drudy .
Also, please note, NASPAA will be launching our new updated website shortly!  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:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UndergradSurvey2018 . 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  wanna@naspaa.org  or  drudy@naspaa.org

Accreditation and Standards

Video now Available of the 2019 Moscow Academic Forum Discussing Public Administration Accreditation --  including Presentation by NASPAA's COPRA Chair
On January 16, Jeff Osgood, the Chair of NASPAA's Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, spoke at the Gaidar Forum "Russia and the World" in Moscow, at the invitation of the Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). Gaidar is an annual event named after a Russian economist of the Perestroyka period - Egor Gaidar. Professors of the leading universities of Moscow, representatives of federal governmental bodies and regions of the Russian Federation, including alumni of RANEPA's MPA program, and leaders of the international accrediting bodies in the field of public administration education took part in the discussion. Dr. Osgood's presentation was part of this year's special session entitled, "International Standards of Public Administration Education." The video is now available HERE:  https://vodeocatalog.com/en/video/CxcjmrMv-2c

Important Accreditation Dates
Stay up-to-date with happenings in accreditation! Questions about the accreditation process? Visit our website:  


If you plan to attend the  2019 ASPA Annual Conference, please join us!

Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society

Now is the Time to Induct Pi Alpha Alpha Students

Fall 2018 University of Houston Induction Ceremony

Spring is upon us and now is the time to begin the process of inducting students into your chapters! 
We hope you will take some time in the coming days to identify the next class of Pi Alpha Alpha Inductees.  Remember to be eligible students need to have a GPA of 3.7 or above (3.67 rounded) and completed at least 50% of their required coursework.

This is also the time to start thinking about what Pi Alpha Alpha regalia your chapter will wear during commencement.  Please try to place your induction and  commencement order as soon as possible to ensure your materials arrive on time.  Don't forget to send us your pictures from your induction and commencement ceremonies.

If your chapter has recently changed advisors please notify David Marshall, NASPAA Director of Membership Development ( marshall@naspaa.org) with your chapter's updated information.


2019 NASPAA & Jindal South Asia Conference
NASPAA & O.P. Jindal Global University Partner to Host First Ever Conference in South Asia
February 25-26, 2019

We are excited to announce the partnership between the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and O.P. Jindal Global University School of Government and Public Policy. This event will be full of enlightening content, keynote speakers, and hands-on trainings -- sure to resonate with the MPA and MPP community across South Asia and the globe!

The theme of this event is "Governance in an Era of Inequality: Training the Next Generation of Policy Practitioners in South Asia." University faculty, nonprofit, NGO community members, as well as federal and local government employees from across the South Asian region will attend this conference.

A number of important topics will be covered during this event such as experiential learning methods in the classroom, and the purposes of public administration and policy education and training!


NASPAA Enrollment Audit Early Look!

Programs providing data for the enrollment audit

The above trend data is a small portion of the enrollment data we have,
help us get from 145 to 224 programs!

Fall 2014 (n=224)

Fall 2015 (n=210)

Fall 2016 (n=221)

Fall 2017 (n=215)

Fall 2018 (n=197)

Student Enrollment






Average Enrollment






Upcoming Events & Deadlines 

Scholarship & Poster Contest Application Deadline Extended to February 25, 2019 - $ 1,500 to $ 10,000 Scholarships - National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA)
The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is pleased to announce its 2019 Scholarship Program. The NFBPA Scholarship Program is designed to recognize African-American or other minority students who are currently enrolled full-time at an accredited, traditional four year college or university, preferably an HBCU, who exemplify outstanding scholarship, and leadership, particularly as related to public service.

We invite undergraduate and graduate students to participate in this year's program as we look forward to making this year's scholarship awards. NFBPA provides several scholarships to college students each year through partnerships with corporate supporters, public sector organizations and individual contributors. 

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators in partnership with University of Central Florida, will host the Student Research Poster Contest which will be held at FORUM 2019 in Orlando Florida. The competition recognizes research conducted by the students at all levels (undergraduate, masters and doctorate). All students are encouraged to submit for this competition. Submissions should be closely related to the following topic: Effectively Using Data Analytics for Civic Engagement. 

The Frank Batten School at UVA and the Virginia Policy  Review will once again host its annual National Journal Conference for 2019! 
Register Now

Registration for the 2019 National Journal Conference (NJC) is now open! NJC will be
hosted from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, March 30th, 2019, in Charlottesville, Virginia, by the staff of the Virginia Policy Review. 

NJC seeks to bring together students from policy journals across the nation for a day-long conference to hear from speakers, engage in policy discussions, share best practices, and network with other MPP/MPA students. We also welcome students from programs which do not yet have a journal but may be interested in starting one. This year, we are thrilled to be featuring keynote speaker Mr. Kyle O'Connor, a former speechwriter for President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg, a health policy panel, and student-run presentations, among other sessions. The all-inclusive registration fee is $50 per attendee.
You can find more information about the conference on VPR website. The registration form is available here. We look forward to seeing you in March!

Wonderful Public Service Graduate Fellowship Applications for two $56,000 Fellowships Due Friday, February 22, 2019
The Maddy Institute will award  two $56,000 Fellowships  to San Joaquin Valley students who are accepted into a nationally ranked, qualified graduate program in the fall of 2019 in the field of Public Policy, Public Affairs, Public Administration, Social Welfare, Urban Planning, or MBA programs. 

Do you have a Photo to Share?

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  wanna@naspaa.org. 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!

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