NASPAA's Institute of Teaching and Learning
NASPAA Resources for Programs Going Online
NASPAA knows this is a challenging time for our member schools and we are here for you. We are working diligently to provide resources you can use to help you transition to online modalities and continue to provide students with the skills they will need. We are in unprecedented times. However, this is also an opportunity for our schools. Highly trained public administrators and public policy students will be needed now more than ever as our global society works to deal with the implications of the global health crisis. This page will be updated as NASPAA develops and compiles resources for our members so please check back frequently. ( NEW VIDEO ADDED ).  If you have resources you can share or feedback on what materials NASPAA can help provide for you during this difficult time please let us know! Email

Pandemic Simulation Available for Online Classroom Use!
As you know, given the grim circumstances surrounding COVID-19, many universities are holding virtual classes around the globe. We feel that it is extremely timely for professors and students to be able to utilize our Pandemic Crisis Management simulation as an intellectually stimulating activity. In the coming weeks, we will conduct a demo to instruct teachers how best to deploy this simulation via a virtual setting. The link to the Pandemic Crisis Simulation developed by the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Public Policy and Leadership, Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming is as follows:

If you have any questions about access or use of this simulation, please reach out to Supriya Golas, NASPAA Simulation Education Director at

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 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.
NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition
Who will be the #nbsim2020 global winner?
In this year's NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition, there were nearly 400 students from 114 universities in 46 countries at 7 global sites. Built specifically for students of public policy, Metropolitan: Sustainable Transit Simulation is a web-based experiential learning tool. Taking on roles such as City Manager, City Treasurer, or Transportation Commissioner, players will work in teams to manage a sustainable transportation in their cities.

The game challenges participants to develop a public transit infrastructure in their city while thinking critically about the costs and benefits as well as the long term and short term effects of investments that can help build a more sustainable society.

The site winning teams were evaluated on simulation scores, and presentations made to regional site judges. A panel of prominent " global super judges " will determine the global winner. Stay tuned.

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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)
  • 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)
NASPAA Policies Regarding COVID-19
Accreditation and Standards
COPRA Statement on COVID-19
As we navigate the evolving situation of COVID-19, the importance of our role as public service educators is unmistakable. NASPAA, COPRA, and accredited programs, are bound by a commitment to public service values and continuous improvement, ensuring that students and faculty are well-served and successful. Together, we are facing an unprecedented, global public health crisis demanding the prioritization of the health and safety of our colleagues, students, and families. COPRA takes seriously its role in supporting each accredited program during this time.
COPRA understands the fast evolving nature of university responses to the pandemic. As programs and universities grapple with how to best respond, we are sensitive to the extenuating circumstances surrounding these decisions and supportive of moves that place student and faculty health and safety at the forefront.
We will continue to monitor official guidance about the response to COVID-19 and be mindful of how it is impacting accredited programs. We encourage you to rely on the NASPAA community for support, reflect on learning opportunities, and continue to find innovative ways to promote public service education and student success.

This is a critical time for our society and we are honored to be supporting a field that is so deeply embedded in educating the public servants guiding us through this time.
If you have specific questions about how your decisions may impact accreditation, please contact with any questions.
2020 NASPAA Conference Update
Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society


Greetings Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter Advisors:
NASPAA and Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) have been following the developments concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and how it is effecting our member schools. Many NASPAA schools have already or will soon transition to online/distance/virtual instruction. We understand how disruptive this transition is on your entire campus community and on the learning process. In the midst of these rapidly changing developments, we would like to encourage all of you to still keep PAA a priority for your students. While we realize induction ceremonies and/or commencement activities may have to be postponed or amended in some way, we hope they are not cancelled. Even if a public ceremony is not possible, you are still able to offer your eligible students induction into PAA. We understand that many chapters may not be able to collect PAA dues from eligible students. Therefore please follow these instructions that will allow your eligible students to order their certificates, pins, and any commencement regalia directly from our vendor Kenneth E. Jernigan & Associates.

  1. Identify and communicate to all students who have met the PAA induction requirements (GPA of 3.7 or above (3.67 rounded) and completed over 50% of their coursework) that they are eligible to be inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha.
  2. Email a list of all eligible students along with their contact information (preferably in an excel spreadsheet) to Karen St. Claire at Kenneth Jernigan & Associates. Her email address is
  3. Email eligible students the following URL to order their certificates, pins, and any commencement regalia:
2. The students will enter their name as they would like for it to appear on their certificate
3. The students will pay for their order with a debit or credit card.
4. Orders will be shipped directly to the student (or school, if that is your wish) upon successful credit card payment
We strongly encourage you to give your students a deadline by which to order their certificate and regalia. Please communicate this deadline along with the date of your ceremony to Karen St. Claire so she is aware.
If chapter advisors wish to continue to collect dues payment from students and then submit all their orders together as a batch, you may still do that.
Finally, if you are no longer the Pi Alpha Advisor please forward this message to the appropriate person and please notify David Marshall, Director of Membership Development, at

PPIA Public Service Expo
SAVE THE DATE: PPIA Public Service Expo - Friday, July 10, 2020
PPIA is closely monitoring the covid-19 public health emergency. The safety and wellbeing of our participants is our priority, and any decisions will be consistent with the actions taken by our partner institutions. At the moment, we are evaluating all options for our summer programming. Please visit the PPIA website for more information regarding the event.
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