Don't miss the opportunity to nominate your alumni or faculty members for NASPAA's third-annual Public Service Matters Spotlight Recognition!  

We need your nominations to demonstrate how our schools make a difference in very concrete ways. 

Submit your nominations here by May 25!

NASPAA's Membership Growth 
We welcomed 17 new members to NASPAA, including three from China, two from the Middle East, a program from Africa and a program from Europe as well. As NASPAA approaches its half century mark, new members are bringing a wide set of perspectives and experiences to the association. In this issue, hear from some of our new members, and join us in welcoming them to NASPAA!

Leadership Corner
NASPAA Executive Director, Laurel McFarland Interviews 
Marc Holzer, Founding Dean of the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration

Marc Holzer, founding dean of the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration
Marc Holzer, founding dean of the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration, is retiring (but not as a faculty member), after 27 years at Rutgers, 10 of them in the Dean's job. We asked him to reflect on his time in leading change in public service education.
How did you get into this? 
Everybody needs mentors: when I was doing my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Michigan, my mentors were Ferrel Heady, Larry Mohr and Robert S. Friedman, and then Nesta Gallas when I went to John Jay College/City University of New York as an assistant professor in 1971. For those in the New York area, Mayor Lindsey's administration (1966-73) was a great time to be interested in public administration. There was a lot going on, and a lot of opportunity for academics to contribute. I was drawn into the management of public administration education at John Jay, and then at Rutgers University-Newark, when I moved there in 1989. I believed as a field we needed to assert ourselves, and not just exist within departments of political science or schools of business. Before I pursued the creation of a stand-alone school of public affairs and administration, starting a doctoral program dedicated to diversity was my initial goal. I tried repeatedly, with Nesta Gallas and Fred Lane, for 15 years to do that while in New York City-even at Rutgers it took another five years! As a dean, I am perhaps proudest of my efforts on behalf of the doctoral program. Since 1994, Rutgers has produced more than 110 Ph.D. graduates, and many of them have become outstanding scholars. A significant portion of these students have been minorities, women and international students from every corner of the world, and that diversity has been one of our chief contributions to the field.  
What are the qualities of a good dean at a school of public affairs? 
To be able to deal productively with entrenched interests and resistance to change. To keep your eyes on the prize: sometimes things take five or 10 years. To reach out globally and form connections and networks. To remain responsive to the educational environment and not treat a deanship as just a capstone on a career. To understand that politics looms larger the more you try to do something big. To serve the larger, global community while serving your school, especially by developing journals and hosting conferences. To accept that fundraising is hard and work at it. Above all, to defend the field of public service, and to unceasingly remind people that the public and nonprofit sectors comprise more than 40% of the economy, and that our graduates do the hardest jobs!

Member Spotlight
The College of New Rochelle, New York
Master of Public Administration  

Malcolm K. Oliver, MPA Director

The College of New Rochelle was founded in 1904 by Ursuline nuns as a means to provide higher education and professional opportunities for women 16 years prior to the passage of the 19th Amendment of the United States, which granted women the right to vote. Building on its original commitment to women, the College reaches out to those who have not previously had access to higher education, and places particular emphasis on the concept of lifelong learning. With justice as its guiding principle, the College tries to respond to the needs of society through its educational programs, service activities and through fostering the concept of education-for-service. 

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at the College was inaugurated in the Fall of 2012 as a means to respond to the ever evolving needs of the communities that we serve. We primarily enroll in-service public and nonprofit sector employees who seek to enhance their administrative skills in order to obtain senior level positions within the public and nonprofit sectors. The majority of students who enroll in the MPA program are employed in health, human or social service agencies throughout New York City and lower Westchester County, with many of our students ultimately serving communities with a tremendous need for highly-trained, ethical and empathetic public service professionals. 

Our program has joined NASPAA because we seek to provide our students with the highest levels of public service training, of which NASPAA is uniquely positioned to assist us in achieving this goal. More specifically, as the accrediting body for public administration programs, NASPAA has a membership of approximately 300 graduate schools of  public policy, affairs, administration, and nonprofit management, which are located across the United States and in 14 countries. NASPAA also provides an annual conference, accreditation training, the Journal of Public Affairs Education and the opportunity for our students to join the Phi Alpha Alpha honor society. These are all services that will support our program as we grow and strive to meet the needs of the communities that we serve, by providing our students with the highest quality of public service education. 

Some of the goals of our program have been to build partnerships with other universities locally and abroad, so we have just developed and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Medgar Evers College's undergraduate public administration program which guarantees their graduates admission into our program if they take certain courses while completing their bachelor's degree and maintaining a certain grade point average. In addition, we have also signed an MOU with the University of Padjadjaran which is located in Bandung, Indonesia. The purpose of this MOU is to facilitate more opportunities for joint research opportunities, the exchange of faculty and teaching materials and to develop mechanisms for our students to travel to Indonesia for faculty lead study abroad programs, and for their students to travel to New York for either short term study programs or to enroll in our MPA program. In addition, we are working with the University of Cape Town to develop our second faculty lead short-term study abroad program to Cape Town, South Africa in January 2017.  We have found that through partnership we are able to work with institutions locally and abroad to increase learning opportunities for students of public administration, and we are open to the development of more mutually beneficial partnerships. 
The long-term objective of our program is to obtain NASPAA accreditation. We strongly believe that by going through the accreditation process, we will have the opportunity to evaluate and obtain feedback from external reviewers on tested means to strengthen our academic programs. We realize that this is a rigorous process; however, it is what is necessary to ensure that we are providing our students with the highest levels of public service education, which is of tremendous importance for the communities we serve. 
The College of New Rochelle and the Master of Public Administration program are honored to join NASPAA, and we sincerely thank you for this opportunity to introduce our program.  

Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.
Master of Public Administration

Gallaudet University MPA Faculty
Francis M. Duffy, MPA Program Director
When I designed our Master of Public Administration program I searched for professional associations that might offer guidance on how the curriculum should be designed. When I landed on the NASPAA website I found the five universal required competencies: Leadership and Management, Public Policy Process; Critical Thinking and Decision-Making; Public Service Advocacy; and Communication. I used those competencies as the core framework for our MPA curriculum.

Gallaudet University is the world's only liberal arts university for deaf and hard of hearing people. Given the university's unique place in higher education, our primary program mission is to prepare deaf and hard of hearing graduate students for management and leadership roles in governmental and nonprofit agencies. Toward that end, we have two memoranda of understanding in place; one with the Federal Office of Personnel Management's Center for Leadership Development and the other with the National Association of State Agencies of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. We are also elated to see that our current students and alumni are finding jobs in those two areas; e.g., two of our current students who will graduate in May 2016, were offered jobs with the Federal Government, one with the Department of Homeland Security and the other with the Department of Health and Human Services. Membership in NASPAA will also help us to achieve our program mission.

We look forward to participating actively in NASPAA. We also will be seeking NASPAA accreditation which will add significant value to our program and students.
Saint Peter's University, New Jersey 
Master of Public Administration

MPA Classroom
Philip Mark Plotch, MPA Program Director 

I decided to join NASPAA in October 2015, after I attended my very first session at a NASPAA conference.  
Professor Phillip Mark Plotch
Lori Brainard from George Washington University led a three hour workshop entitled "New Directors Institute." It was designed to provide tips and techniques; and begin an informal network for new program directors. As a new MPA program director, I found it invaluable.
I was delighted to meet so many other program directors in the same boat. We were all facing similar questions, constraints and pressures trying to juggle our various roles including teaching, developing curricula, advising students, setting up internships, career counseling, coordinating alumni, marketing our programs, assessing online options and hiring and evaluating teachers. Plus, we're all expected to find time to conduct our own research and publish. As we talked about various ways to enhance our programs, I learned that effective program directors focus their efforts in a strategic way. I wouldn't have time to do all the things that I want to do, so I would need to prioritize and take one step at a time. 

The MPA program at Saint Peter's is still quite new. Our first class of MPA students just graduated in Spring 2015. The goals of the MPA program are aligned with the university's mission - to educate a diverse community of learners, to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately and promote justice in our ever-changing urban and global environment. We want to ensure that our students obtain a high-quality education that is relevant to their career interests and then we want to help them find rewarding jobs that will enhance our communities. We need to attract more students, and this can be challenging. Most people don't know what an MPA is or how it is relevant to their interests and to a wide array of disciplines. I hope that we can work together with other MPA programs in the New York metropolitan area to inform potential students about our various programs.

I'm still grappling with all the issues that I was facing the day that I attended the New Program Directors Institute. These issues are not going away and I'm looking forward to continuously learning from my peers on how I can best address them. 

University of California - San Diego
School of Global Policy and Strategy
School of Global Policy and Strategy building
Wendy Hunter Barker, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs  

This fall, the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) will welcome its first class of Master of Public Policy (MPP) students. We are building on our base of excellence in international affairs, and adding the degree to provision our students with the skills necessary to compare best practices in the U.S., Latin America, Asia and beyond. GPS decided to join NASPAA to ensure its students, faculty and staff are able to make strong connections in the field of public service.
The MPP is a degree designed to allow those interested in merging American and global policy an opportunity to do so. Our faculty are go-to experts for the public, private and intergovernmental sectors, creating design and evaluation methodology of public policy around the globe. Our MPP combines this expertise with advanced quantitative skills, opening a wide range of job prospects to our alumni.
Through NASPAA events, newsletters and robust web resources, we hope to become better integrated with the public policy community and sister schools, resulting in an enhanced learning experience for our students.
SUNY, Buffalo State
Public Administration Division
MPA Students at the MPA Project Proposal Poster Session held each May and December.

Laurie Buonanno, Director

It's a daunting task to build an MPA program from scratch, but NASPAA's work in establishing standards for the MPA made the process manageable for our SUNY Buffalo State program development team. We had been associate members, but having achieved the five-year program milestone, we determined it was time to send a representative to NASPAA's annual conference (which we did in 2015) and request consideration for full membership, not only to plug into NASPAA's network of institutions, but also to help contribute to NASPAA's mission. 
Our program currently has 79 students registered for MPA classes, but many more at the MPA project (capstone) stage who have completed all the other MPA course requirements. Our priorities for the upcoming academic year are as follows: 1) Continue to experiment with innovative ways to support our students in the capstone - this year we partnered with our MPA Alumni Association to offer workshops and provide peer mentoring, 2) Continue to align our program with NASPAA's Universal Competencies, 3) Encourage more student and alumni participation in our Buffalo-Niagara ASPA chapter, 4) Build on our specialization in international public management to offer more internships and field work in global nonprofit and public management, 5) Strengthen our community partnerships in the public and nonprofit sectors, especially with respect to MPA project deliverables, and 6) Continue partnering with our alumni in both formal and informal networks. 
Our MPA Alumni Association, for example, is very keen to be involved in mentoring students to participate in NASPAA's simulation - and with NASPAA membership, we will now be able to recruit, train and send a team to the annual simulation. 
"Going it alone" is simply not an option for training public and nonprofit managers. We see NASPAA membership as essential in our efforts to deliver state-of-the art training in public administration and nonprofit management within the budgetary constraints of a public university system adjusting to major demographic shifts. Our NASPAA institutional membership along with our faculty memberships in ASPA assist our MPA program team to follow and respond to trends in workplace training and research needs. We also appreciate the benefits of full membership such as the ability to start a Pi Alpha Alpha chapter (we are inducting current students and alumni in May) and to prepare and send students to NASPAA's annual simulation.  

Ghana Institute Of Management And Public Administration (GIMPA)

Ghana Institute Of Management And Public Administration
Samuel Adams, Dean 

We joined NASPAA to learn from other member institutions on best practices to improve the quality of our programs, to attain international recognition, have the opportunity for collaborating and networking with member institutions and also to associate with NASPAA's global brand.
Within the broad framework of the Institute's mandate, the program aims at equipping students with basic tools for analytical thinking, good judgment, entrepreneurship, leadership and other critical managerial skills. The specific goals of the program are to  achieve the highest professional standards in management, administration and leadership;  equip graduates with specialized knowledge and skills to play a meaningful role in management and provide professional leadership in government, public and private sectors of the economy as well as NGOs; and provide adequate response to the managerial, administrative and leadership requirements of government and industry;  to meet the demands and aspirations for continuing education of serving employees in public and private sector organizations. GIMPA being the centre of excellence, aims at giving excellent education in management, public administration and policy to public and civil servants. 
Our program will benefit from membership in a variety of ways. NASPAA's Data Center may be a great source of data and information on public affairs/service for our faculty and students who are undertaking research work. The networking and collaboration with other deans, directors and professionals from other member institutions will also be beneficial. We hope to leverage knowledge and skills obtained through the network to become the number one institution of choice in public administration in Africa.   Our membership with NASPAA will also provide opportunities for professional development through annual general meetings and conferences.  This will also enhance the quality of our new doctoral program in public administration, provide us access to the Journal of Public Affairs Education and NASPAA's electronic newsletter will deepen the knowledge of our faculty and students alike.

New Institutional and Associate Members Since Start of 2016 Fiscal Year
Summer 2015
University of Michigan, Dearborn 
King Saud University, Saudi Arabia  
Kaplan University  
Merrimack College, Massachusetts 
Zhejiang University, China  
Renmin University, China
Metropolitan State University, Minnesota (Associate  Membership)

Fall 2015 
Doha Institute, Qatar

Winter 2015 -2016
Central European University, Budapest 
The University of International Business and Economics, China
The University of Houston, Hobby Center of Public Policy, Texas

April 2016
College of New Rochelle, New York 
Ghana Institute of Public Management and Public Administration
Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.
SUNY Buffalo State 
Saint Peter's University, New Jersey   
University of California - San Diego

Program Director's Corner
2016 NASPAA Alumni Survey Opening on May 15
NASPAA will be opening the 2016 Alumni Survey on May 15 and it will remain open through July 16.  Schools interested in participating in the survey should begin compiling their alumni emails for the 2012-2013 cohort now!  For questions regarding the survey contact Stacy Drudy at  You can find last year's aggregate results and further information regarding the survey and how to participate here.

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). Also, the total number of undergraduates and MPAs/MPPs can be no more than 10% of your graduating class. There is no limit on doctoral students.

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. 
NASPAA Conference Sponsorships are available
The following sponsor opportunities that are available:
  • Bronze (one remaining) - Accreditation Institute Breakfast
  • Copper (one remaining) - Accreditation Refreshments
  • Conference Supporter - Full page ad in program, listing front of conference program and listing on sides during Opening Plenary.
  • Printed Advertising - Full page inside ad, printed in black/white: $900
  • Printed Advertising - Half-page inside ad, printed in black/white: $600
  • Printed Advertising - Conference bag insert: $500
  • Table Top Exhibits: $550 
Stimson Center UN International Student Essay Contest  
Opportunity available for NASPAA schools to participate in the Stimson Center UN International Student Essay Contest. Share your ideas on how to prevent the proliferation of the world's most dangerous weapons. Essays must be submitted by August 5. This is a chance not only to be recognized internationally, but also to contribute to nonproliferation efforts. Learn more here.  

The Senate's PSRW Resolution Passed with Bipartisan Support
The summary of the resolution is on the PSRW website. Remember, PSRW is May 1-7, 2016, make sure to let us know how you will be honoring our public servants sending an email to

Thank You Site Visitors! 
Spring 2016 accreditation site visits are complete! Thank you to all of our host programs and volunteer site visitors for making the process smooth and successful. Don't forget to send your requests for reimbursement directly to NASPAA.  

If you are interested in training to be a site visitor stay up-to-date with opportunities here or contact

COPRA Seeks Consultants
NASPAA's "Accreditation Institute" will be held in a single day (October 19, 2016) at the NASPAA Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The Commission seeks consultants to present a coherent and positive one-day experience for participants of the NASPAA conference. For more information, please refer here.
2016 Accreditation Institute 
Start planning now! The 2016 Accreditation Institute will be held October 19, 2016 at the NASPAA Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Plan to join your colleagues for a full day of training, followed by a reception with COPRA and colleagues, hosted by West Chester University. We will be seeking trainers for the Institute shortly, so stay tuned!

Interested in supporting the Accreditation Institute? We are still offering sponsorships! For more information, and to see what is still available, refer to our website.

Change in Accreditation Fees
On April 1, 2016, the NASPAA Executive Council voted to modestly increase accreditation fees by two percent. For the septennial review fees, this amounts to less than a $100 increase, which will directly support the joint NASPAA-COPRA initiatives to enhance staff capacity, overall communications, and the annual and septennial review processes. The new fees will apply to those programs applying for accreditation (or reaccreditation) and eligibility at the August 15, 2016 deadline. Please refer to the Accreditation Fees page
for further information.


December 7 - 9, 2016: NASPAA Career Directors Conference at the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
Member News
Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University Named Top Analytics Program by INFORMS

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the leading association for professionals in advanced analytics and operations research, awarded its prestigious UPS George D. Smith Prize to Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.

Read more about the prize and Heinz College's selection as this year's winner here.
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