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  • The Student Simulation Competition is open to all graduate students at NASPAA schools. Students travel to a regional competition site and are placed on a team to compete on a pressing public affairs challenge.

  • Pi Alpha Alpha is the honor society that recognizes outstanding undergraduate as well as graduate students in public affairs. Currently, there are PAA chapters at more than 160 NASPAA member schools.
    The link will direct you to the Pi Alpha Alpha website.
  • The Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE) is the peer-reviewed quarterly journal for leaders, faculty, and researchers in public affairs programs. NASPAA members will access JPAE through their school's library for free.
  • NASPAA's Global Outreach efforts are currently focused on formalizing relations with counterpart international associations, in a common effort to improve graduate programs in public affairs worldwide.
  • Accreditation: NASPAA is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the global accreditor of master’s degrees in public policy, public affairs and public administration. Currently, there are 180 accredited programs.
  • Data Center: NASPAA is the source for data on public service education. For a list of published surveys, see the almanac.
  • Awards: NASPAA offers annual (or biennial) awards for programs, faculty, and students.
  • Archives: A repository of previous NASPAA initiatives.

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