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Read interesting and provocative new research and insight in the latest issue of JPAE, the Journal of Public Affairs Education.  To read an individual article (in PDF), click on its title, or access the entire issue (in PDF).

VOLUME 20, No. 3

From the Editor—The Challenges of Public Affairs Education
Editor in Chief David Schultz describes the similarities in challenges that E-12, college, and public affairs education faces and introduces the articles for the current issue of JPAE.


Assessment of Universal Competencies Under the 2009 Standards
C. Michelle Piskulich and Barbara Peat
Guest editors narrate the challenges implementing and assessing the 2009 NASPAA competencies and they preview the articles for this special symposium.

Preparing Public Service Professionals for a Diverse and Changing Workforce and Citizenry: Evaluating the Progress of NASPAA Programs in Competency Assessment
Nadia Rubaii and Crystal Calarusse

This paper examines the self-reported progress of public service degree programs in NASPAA for defining, measuring, and assessing student learning outcomes as they relate to cultural competence and the changing workforce.

Iterative Learning: Programmatic Lessons from a Course-Embedded Approach to Program
Jack W. Meek and Marcia L. Godwin
The authors describe the use of iterative learning as a developmental approach toward assessment—a course-embedded program mission assessment—used by University of La Verne Master of Public Administration (MPA) program faculty.

Implementing a Multi-Method Competency Model: Experiences of the MPA Program at James Madison University
Fred Mayhew, Nicholas Swartz, and Jennifer A. Taylor
The article paints the landscape of competency assessment strategies and then examines the experiences of designing a competency-based model at James Madison University

Development, Implementation, and Assessment of a Competency Model for a Graduate Public Affairs Health Administration Program
Jill Jamison Rissi and Sherril Gelmon
This article describes the development, implementation, and ongoing validation of a competency model designed for a multifaceted public administration program. The model is based on accreditation standards and competencies promulgated by NASPAA and CAHME, and reflects a unique focus on community-engaged pedagogies.

Assessing Professional Competencies: The “Painstaking” Implementation Phase
Rose Diaz
The author examines the opportunities and challenges encountered in formulating and implementing strategies for assessing universally required competencies and mission-specific competencies in a large public affairs school with five MPA programs and one Master of International Affairs (MIA) program.


Through The Wire: Training Culturally Competent Leaders for a New Era

Tia Sherče Gaynor
This article shows how classroom use of The Wire, a fictional television drama that first aired in 2002, can be used in public administration/affairs related courses to teach cultural competency.

Ranking Universities for Scholarship in Public Administration Research, 2006–2010
Adam Williams, Derek Slagle, and Darrin Wilson
The authors build upon previous studies to construct a world ranking of schools that publish in leading public administration journals. Their results confirm many assumptions while offer some surprises regarding who is the most productive.

Evaluating Civic Learning in Service-Learning Programs: Creation and Validation of the Public Affairs Scale–Short Survey (PAS-SS)
Chantal Levesque-Bristol, K. Andrew, and R. Richards
The authors argue that the current assessment tool, the Public Affairs Scale, is too difficult to administer and they propose instead a briefer 15-item tool that seems to work well in terms of achieving the same results as the larger scale.

Using Root Cause Analysis in Public Policy Pedagogy
Travis P. Wagner
Read this article to learn how to the use of Root Cause Analysis as a teaching tool can be an important teaching tool to facilitate student learning and understanding of problem definition. The article describes RCA, explains how it fits into the policy literature, and then illustrates its use with some engaging examples.

Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting: Theory and Practice
Reviewed by Carol Jean Becker
The reviewer describes this book as an outstanding reference detailing the essentials of government and non-profit accounting theory and principles.


About This Journal

The Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE) is dedicated to advancing teaching and learning in public affairs, which includes the fields of public policy analysis, public administration, and public management. Hosted by the Hamline University School of Business and published by NASPAA, the quarterly journal features peer-reviewed scholarly articles on pedagogical, curricular, and accreditation issues pertaining to public affairs education, commentaries, and symposia and book reviews. 

David Schultz, Editor in Chief
Kristen Norman-Major
, Managing Editor
Hamline University
Iris Geva-May, Associate Editor, 
International and Comparative
Michael O'Hare, Associate Editor, 
Assessment and Practice
Lisa Dejoras, Editorial Assistance
Chris Thillen, Copyediting
Val Escher, Layout

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Publisher: NASPAA

NASPAA, the global standard in public service education, is a membership organization of 280 graduate programs in public policy, public affairs and public administration located across the U.S. and around the globe. NASPAA’s mission is to ensure excellence in public service education and promote the ideal of public service, and it is the specialized accreditor of master degree programs in public affairs. NASPAA publishes JPAE in order to bring the best scholarship on teaching and quality directly into the hands of our membership and profession.

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