NASPAA Salutes Our Graduates!

NASPAA's 2016 Alumni Survey is now open!

It's not too late for your school to participate!
Interested in finding out how to participate? Contact Stacy Drudy at, or go to the Alumni Survey website.

View last years results here!

Message to Graduates 

Laurel McFarland
NASPAA Executive Director 

Congratulations to graduates of the MPA/MPP Class of 2016! And congratulations to all faculty and administrators of our schools for surviving the academic year!

As graduates head out to take their place in the real world of public service, we can reflect on the fact that the labor market has changed considerably, just in the past few years. There is good news: as Governing Magazine reports in a fascinating interactive chart, local government employment in the United States has finally rebounded robustly in 2016, and state government employment has shown modest improvement as well. 

Nonprofit employment has risen, both as a fraction of our graduating population, and as a fraction of employment in the U.S. economy. So graduates interested in local government rejoice: you will be experiencing the best job market for nearly a decade!   Read more here.

Member Spotlight
Each year, graduates of our schools and programs are given the opportunity to listen to
many inspiring commencement speakers, offering their pearls of wisdom for the path forward. Hear what some speakers had to say 

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia
Commencement Speaker:
Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director and Chief 
Operating Officer of the World Bank

NYU Wagner 
Commencement Speaker: 
Nancy Pelosi, Democratic House Leader

College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University 
Commencement Speaker:
Anna Maria Chavez,
CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA
Read more

The La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin
Commencement Speaker:
Tommy Thompson, Former Governor of Wisconsin and former Health and Human Services Secretary  

University of Nebraska at Omaha
Student Speaker:  
James Harrold

Birmingham University 
Student Speaker:  
Justin Hayet
Watch a video

Graphs from NASPAA 2015 Alumni Survey
NASPAA's Alumni Survey gives us insight into our Graduates, answering questions like: Where are our graduates employed? and How satisfied are our graduates in their job?

Program Director's Corner
Admission Directors Meeting - Register today! 
We are in the midst of planning the NASPAA Annual Admissions Directors' meeting, scheduled for July 14 at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. and have put together a draft agenda. Contact Amy Luitjens at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with any questions. We hope you'll join us on July 14, and there is still time to register.
NASPAA is Hiring!
NASPAA and COPRA are expanding and seeking a full-time, professional staff member! The individual taking this position will help shape the future of NASPAA Accreditation and quality assurance processes, and will be a vital member of our ten person staff. This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in building policy skills in an international, nonprofit setting. The Accreditation Associate will be deeply involved in the accreditation process - contributing to the management of the accreditation process, volunteers, program evaluation, and communications.

For more information, including qualifications and directions to submit a letter of interest and resume, please see the complete

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, including lunch and an evening reception with COPRA and colleagues, hosted by West Chester University. COPRA also wishes to thank our breakfast and refreshment sponsors: The American University in Cairo and Brigham Young University!
If you are interested in serving as a trainer for the Institute shortly, please review our RFP!

Upcoming Accreditation Deadlines
Don't forget! As we head into summer, there are several important accreditation dates to remember:
  • August 15: Accreditation Eligibility Application deadline
  • August 15: Self-Study Report deadline (for 2016-17 cohort)
  • September 1: 2016 Roster of Accredited programs Release
  • October 1: Annual Accreditation Maintenance Report due for accredited programs
  • October 19: Accreditation Institute
If you have any questions about your program's specific deadlines, please contact Heather Gregory.  
Stay up-to-date!
Keep current with NASPAA Accreditation by checking out our Latest News, which includes a monthly roundup of articles and resources of interest to accredited programs.
SECoPA 2016 Annual Meeting: Expanded and Extended Call for Proposals
The SECoPA 2016 conference committee invites your participation in our upcoming meeting scheduled for October 13-16, 2016 in Raleigh, NC. Full conference details and access to the online proposal submission and registration systems are available on the conference website: accommodate additional submissions to this and all other tracks, the call for proposals deadline has been extended to June 15th

If you have questions about the program, please contact the conference program co-chairs Jim Svara ( and/or Jim Brunet (



June1: NASPAA Awards Deadline, Nomination Details Here 
October 20 - 23, 2016: Moving the World Forward, Co-sponsored by Indiana University, the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the PPIA Program (Public Policy and International Affairs Program), and NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration)
December 7 - 9, 2016NASPAA Career Directors Conference at the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
Member News
Suffolk MPA Program Celebrates 40 Years
The Suffolk Master of Public Administration Program held its 40th anniversary celebration. Read more here.

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