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And the Global Winner is...

NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition 

The 2018 Simulation Competition Season is officially over! Recently, NASPAA announced the global winners of the competition and prize distribution is underway.

On Saturday, February 24, 2018 and Saturday, March 3,2018, NASPAA launched its fourth annual Student Simulation Competition in fifteen sites across the globe. Seven sites competed on the first weekend and eight sites on the second.

The simulation - second to be designed and programmed by NASPAA's partner, The Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming at the University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy -- focused on the roles public policy and administration graduate students would need to play in the event of a pandemic outbreak of deadly infectious disease - an influenza like the 1918 flu epidemic that killed 50 million people worldwide.

This year's competition connected more than 500 students from 159 universities and 27 countries through computer-based simulated game play at 15 global host sites - the largest and most exciting competition to date.

2018 Global Champs 

Nearly 130 participating teams were evaluated on simulation scores, negotiation skills, and presentations made to  regional site judges, who selected 22 regional winners. A panel of prominent " super judges" determined the global winners.  A team of five students competing at the San Jose State University College of Social Sciences took First Place , each receiving $1,500 USD from the Batten School's Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming (CLSG). 

 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition Champions and Site Judges

In addition to the first-place team, they selected a tie for  Second Place between five students competing at the  Arizona State University's School of Public Affairs and three students competing at the  University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance , and a  Third-Place award for the four students competing at Cornell University Institute of Public Affairs . The second-place winner will receive $500 USD from NASPAA and the CLSG, and NASPAA will provide third-place winners with $150 USD. A full list of winning teams, including the
Special Category Winners, is available on the   NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition website.

In the coming months, the CLSG will devise a classroom version of the simulation and make it available free of charge for the next three years. NASPAA will distribute the free classroom version to its 300 member schools.
Global Second Place Team Competed at Arizona State University

Global Second Place Team Competed at the University of Washington

Global Third Place Team Competed at Cornell University

Competitors in the Spotlight

NASPAA interviewed several members of the global and special category winning teams. Here is what they had to say about the competition experience.

Brian Cauley

Brian Cauley, a graduate student at the  San Francisco State University School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement , and member of the global winning team at San José State University, described his experience as enjoyable, which he attributes to his "excellent teammates who worked seamlessly without knowing each other." The design of the game "required cooperation under pressure" and his team succeeded because everyone so flexible and calm.

Cauley is a Claims Adjuster with the San Francisco City Attorney's Office. His role requires him to deal with property damage issues during natural disasters like floods. Cauley drew parallels between his role in real life and the competition.

Cauley would like to see more simulations utilized by classrooms within the realm of public service education.

Farah Abou Harb

Farah Abou Harb, a graduate student at the American University of Beirut School of Political Studies and Public Administration , and member of the most "globally cooperative" team competiting at the American University in Cairo, said "Never before was I put in such a real-life situation of managing a conflict within such restraints." 
Harb was paired at random with Ibrahim Gholeh from Al-Quds University in the Palestinian region and Mahmoud Shoman, a student at the American University in Cairo.

"It was a great feeling to know that after three years of undergraduate studies and almost two years of graduate studies, what we learned was successfully put into practice," said Abou Harb. "We were able to prove to ourselves that we've got what it takes to excel!"

Benjamin Bass

Benjamin Bass, a graduate student at the Southern Utah University Master of Public Administration Program, and member of the global second place team at Arizona State University, delved into the intricacies of the game. He was especially interested in the communications dimension of the simulation.

Bass supported his team's strategy to "utilize high visibility and low-cost options to stabilize overall public opinion." A "more transparent and visible government enhanced overall public approval of the economic landscape."

"Even though it may seem simple, as a public administrator, it is extremely important to read everything that comes across your desk and pay attention to the minute details."

Trent Lawrence

Trent Lawrence, a graduate student at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University
and member of the "most globally cooperative team" competing at the University of International Business and Economics noted the Prime Minister as his favorite role.

"Playing the Prime Minister was the most enjoyable for me because I had the chance to be in-charge and to implement each policy actively. I must admit it was quite a stressful position because everything that occurred after you press the button would be your responsibility. It was quite thrilling."

Lawrence was paired up with Aigerim Baimaganbetova, Nazarbayev University, Shuo Jiang, Southwestern University in Finance and Economics, Xi Huang, Nanyang Technological Institute, Philip Lu, National University of Singapore.

Jessika Hall

Jessika Hall, a recent graduate of the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School, and member of the global winning team at San José State University, described the competition as a "valuable opportunity to experience how you can overcome challenging situations even if there's a lot of stuff being quickly thrown at you. When life throws stuff at you, you just keep on going."

Hall and Cauley both applauded the amount of effort and dedication exuded by their teammates. "I've got to give it up for my team," Hall added. "They are incredibly talented, hard-working individuals, and without knowing each other and coming from different professional and academic backgrounds, we became a cohesive unit in a matter of hours."


Muhammad Saad Arshad

Muhammad Saad Arshad, a graduate student at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University , and member of the third place team at Cornell University, described how his team remained relentless amidst the technical hurdles produced by the simulation software on competition day.  

"There was great teamwork. There was great synergy." When the communications feature of the simulation stopped working, Saad Arshad's team came up with their own plan and strategy to interact with other countries.

Saad Arshad is an advocate of simulation-based learning. "Now that we have such technology to anticipate the outcomes of our policies in real time, it is imperative to put the students in the shoes of actual practitioners. Most of the programs are very theoretical unless you do an internship."

Amazingly and coincidentally, Saad Arshad reconnected with a longtime friend and competitor at the School of Public Policy Central European University site. Saad Arshad recognized Waqas Shabir on social media. Both competitors worked in the public education sector in their native country of Pakistan.

Congratulations to all the students who competed in the competition and survived the deadly pandemic outbreak! You should all be extremely proud of yourselves.

NASPAA Seeks Your Input

As we gear up for next year's simulation competition, we would really appreciate hearing your input on the topic for 2019. If you would like to share your ideas with us, please email them to Your opinion matters!

#NASPAA2018 Update

Strong Response to Call for Proposals
NASPAA is pleased to report that we received over 140 panel proposals for this year's conference. There was a wonderful response to this year's theme - Making a Difference: Good Governance in Disrupted State(s). The conference committee now has a difficult job of evaluating the submissions and selecting the 80 best. This review process will take place during May and NASPAA will notify the convener of the final status in by the end of May 2018 or early June. Thank you to all who submitted a proposal.

Save the Dates and Book Your Stay

Wednesday, Oct. 10

  • Accreditation Institute
  • Pre-Conference Sessions, including Case Writing, Doctoral Education, and International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum Workshops
  • NASPAA NEXT: A Leadership Development Institute, nominations open 
  • Evening Welcome Reception at the Westin
Thursday, Oct. 11 & Friday, Oct. 12
  • Keynote Speakers
  • NASPAA Award & Pi Alpha Alpha Luncheons
  • Over 80 Panel Sessions
  • NASPAA Committee and Section Meetings
  • Evening Receptions at downtown Atlanta venues
Saturday, Oct. 13
  • Atlanta activities organized by the Georgia host schools

The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta is the official conference hotel for NASPAA 2018. All conference sessions will take place here and a block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees.
The special NASPAA rate is  $179 per night . It will be available until  September 18, 2018 or until the NASPAA room block fills.

Promote Your Program
The NASPAA Annual Conference brings together deans, directors, and faculty from graduate schools of public policy and affairs from across the United States and the world. Over 600 leaders in public affairs education are expected to attend. NASPAA sponsorships, advertisements, and exhibits at the conference are an opportunity to showcase your school's programs, faculty, and key initiatives to your peers. Additionally, they help underwrite the costs of the conference and ensure that conference programming remains accessible to our diverse global membership.

THANK YOU to the 2018 NASPAA Conference Sponsors ( list)!

Is your school interested in promoting your program at the conference?
There are just a few sponsorships available; information on opportunities here.
Information on full and half page ads, bag inserts, and table-top exhibits here .

 Thank you to the Local Host Schools!


Great work is accomplished every day by public service education faculty, students and programs. At the NASPAA Annual Conference, we highlight this excellence!

You can nominate yourself, peers, students and programs by submitting a few pieces of information;  review the full details here.
  • Alumni Spotlight Award
  • Staats Emerging Scholars Award
  • NASPAA Dissertation Award
  • Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award
  • Leslie Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Diversity Award
  • Social Equity Award
  • Social Justice Curriculum Award
  • Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter of the Year Award
  • Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter Advisor of the Year Award
  • Pi Alpha Alpha Master's Degree Manuscript Award
  • Pi Alpha Alpha Doctoral Manuscript Award
All nominations must be submitted by Friday, June 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET to
Winners will be announced in August 2018.

Contact David Marshall, Director of Membership Development, with questions: , 202.628.8965 x114.


NASPAA Next: 2018 Nominations are open!

NASPAA is excited to announce the third class of NASPAA NEXT at the 2018 NASPAA
Annual Conference in Washington, DC on  Wednesday, October 10 . The four-hour workshop, will provide emerging leaders in their departments or programs with practical tools that will enable them to become more engaged and dynamic members of their campuses and communities. Participation in NASPAA NEXT is by invitation only, and invitations are based on recommendations from deans and other senior faculty, professional reputation and scholarly research, as well as participation in NASPAA activities.

The theme for this year's workshop is  The Path From Mentee to Mentor: Professional Development Strategies for Success in Academe . We are very pleased to have Professors Madinah Hamidullah, Lindsey McDougle, and Stephanie Newbold from the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers - Newark facilitating. Please stay tuned for more exciting details.

NASPAA is currently accepting nominations from Deans, Program Directors, and Senior Faculty for faculty who have recently received, will soon receive tenure or at an equivalent stage of their academic and professional development. Nominations should be sent via email to David Marshall, Director of Membership Development, at

2017 NASPAA Next participants

2016 NASPAA Next participants

Accreditation and Standards

Recap: Conference on  Global Quality and Innovative Pedagogy 

David Anderson
Together with Renmin University of China, NASPAA was pleased to host the Conference on  Global Quality and Innovative Pedagogy on April 6-7, 2018 in Beijing, China. The two-day global event included conversations on accreditation planning, strategic management, and in-depth discussions of innovative pedagogical strategies for public administration programs in and around China.

Over 60 faculty and program administrators from across the region were in attendance, showing a strong interest in these topics. One of our experts, David Andersen (Professor Emeritus, University at Albany, SUNY) explored simulation-based learning in the classroom at the conference. He then presented on the same topic at Jinan University in Guangzhou and included an En-Roads simulator in a mini-competition with over 70 of their MPA students.

To read more about the conference, please visit Renmin's recap .

Conference Participants

Important Accreditation Dates
  • August 1, 2018 -- Annual Accreditation Maintenance Report opens!
  • August 15, 2018 -- Self-Study Report deadline for 2018-19 cohort 
  • August 15, 2018 -- Eligibility application deadline for first-time applicants 
  • October 10, 2018 -- Accreditation Institute at NASPAA Annual Conference
Questions about the accreditation process? Visit our website:

2018 Accreditation Institute

Start planning now! The 2018 Accreditation Institute will be held October 10, 2018 at the NASPAA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA. Plan to join your colleagues for a full day of training, followed by a reception.

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 .

Upcoming Events

May 15, 2018 --  Strategic Planning Workshop in Guadalajara, Mexico- YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT! 

Palmira Ríos, NASPAA Vice President, will be delivering this workshop along with Nadia Rubaii from Binghamton University, Josefina Bruni Celli from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, and Rex Facer from Brigham Young University. 

We have reserved spots for Public Service Education professionals from six countries: Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Argentina, and the United States. We hope to see you there!

June 13, 2018 --  Standards Colloquium at SELC in New York City- HELP CHART THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE EDUCATION! 

The conversation will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will take place at Baruch College:

Newman Vertical Campus
55 Lexington Avenue, 14-220, NYC

Please note that registration to the conference is not required to attend the colloquium. For questions about this event please contact 

60% Discount for Posting on NASPAA's Job Board This Month
Celebrate Spring around the world with a special 60% discount for the month of May only for NASPAA's job board!

More than 10 years ago, NASPAA, ASPA, and APPAM started our joint job board, PUBLICSERVICECAREERS.ORG. Over this decade, more than 6500 ads have been posted, and many, many professionals in public service and public service education have found their perfect job match at our member schools, government entities, and other public service organizations. Hundreds of thousands of unique visitors have come to the site, and been educated about trends in public service employment and salaries, as well as being provided with the latest professional job opportunities. Thank you to all of our job posters, and job seekers! In celebration of all of this, and to welcome Spring, we are pleased to announce a special discount for postings in the month of MAY. 

30 day postings are just U.S. $100 if you use this coupon code:

To post a position, Go to click through the "basic listing" category, entering your coupon code when prompted.

Offer valid during the month of May only!

PPIA Public Service Expo
Please Support the 2018 PPIA Public Service Expo in Washington DC by  Becoming a PPIA Sponsor!  

This year the Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program will host its 16th Annual Public Service Expo on  Friday, July 20, 2018 that brings together public policy and international affairs schools supporting students from traditionally underrepresented groups in their pursuit of advanced degrees and careers in public service. We invite you to become a sponsor of our Public Service Expo; this event will bring together over 300 future public service leaders residing or spending their summer in Washington D.C. engaging in summer enrichment to advance their career goals. We look forward to the participation of our institutional partners, graduate school consortium members, U.S. Government Departments and Agencies, fellowship programs, and influential Think Tanks in the United States.
As a sponsor, you will have the opportunity to meet current PPIA Fellows, PPIA Alumni, Public Service Weekend participants and learn about PPIA's efforts to train the next generation of diverse leaders! Through supporting PPIA, you will be joining a network of individuals, institutions, and organizations who are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our society and around the world. We cannot do this work without you, and we hope that you will consider being a sponsor to help us celebrate another year of providing exposure to opportunities in Public Service!


For MPA/MPP alumni paying back education loans, what is the average monthly payment by employment sector?
Source: NASPAA 2016-17 MPA/MPP Alumni Survey 3 years out from graduation

2018 Alumni Survey Opening in May - Please Participate!
NASPAA's 2018 Alumni Survey will launch May 15th .  Where do we get these numbers? From your alumni, 3 years out! All you have to do is compile a list of your 2014-15 alumni emails. It's that easy. Then contact Stacy Drudy ( to sign up to participate.

National Journal Conference Recap

UVA's Frank Batten School, Virginia Policy Review holds its 6th Annual National Journal Conference

Pi Alpha Alpha and NASPAA were proud to sponsor the sixth Annual National Journal Conference at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy (UVA). Students came from the Batten School, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs - CIPA, The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, William & Mary Program in Public Policy, and the University of Maryland School of Public Policy to hear lessons learned and share best practices in publishing student journals.  Two schools previewed their podcasts which supplement their journals:

Additional speakers included Professor Mary Kate Cary of Virginia Commonwealth University, Wyatt Andrews  of CBS News, and former Ambassador Eric Edelman 
(shown in the picture).

Career Professionals Conference

Please share with your staff that handle career services.

The 2018 conference will
be in NYC hosted by
New York University on
Dec. 5 - 7!

Thank you in advance to this year's planning committee:

Tom Hernandez , New York University, CO-CHAIR
Rachel DuBois , New York University, CO-CHAIR
Meagan Van Gelder, University of Nebraska at  Omaha, PAST CHAIR
Hannah Rose Bainter , University of Virginia 
Stephanie Boomhower, University of California  San Diego
Denise Burchard , Northern Illinois University
Matthew French, University of North Carolina- Charlotte
Allie Hutchinson , The Ohio State University
Linda Kowalcky , Northeastern University
Surabhi Lal , New York University
Elaine McBeth , William & Mary
Shannon Merchant , University of Washington
Jill Rockwell , University of Virginia 
Emily Sharples , Princeton University

Mark Your Calendar!

2018 Alumni Survey Opening May 15th - Please Participate!
NASPAA's 2018 Alumni Survey will launch May 15th.  Where do we get these numbers? From your alumni, 3 years out! All you have to do is compile a list of your 2014-15 alumni emails. It's that easy. Then contact Stacy Drudy ( to sign up to participate.

2018 NASPAA Admissions Directors Meeting July 19th, Washington, DC
The 2018 Admissions Directors' Meeting will be held Thursday, July 19th this year, in advance of the PPIA Expo scheduled for July 20th. The meeting will be held in Washington DC. Admissions Directors should also be on the lookout for the opportunity to provide feedback on this year's Admissions Survey instrument. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee, please contact Stay tuned for more information.

Biden Challenge at University of Delaware Scheduled for September 2018
This fall, the University of Delaware is hosting the Biden Challenge: How to Revitalize the Middle Class. Participants will engage in panels and idea exchanges at the university on the future of employment and education, the role of innovation, budget priorities and infrastructure investments. The Challenge will take place on September 28, 2018; proposals may be submitted to .

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