The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), founded in 1970 and incorporated in 1977, serves as a national and international resource for the promotion of excellence in education and training for public service. Its institutional membership includes 253 U.S. university programs in public affairs, public policy, public administration, and public management.
NASPAA accomplishes its purposes through direct services to its member institutions and by:
--Developing appropriate standards for educational programs through its Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation
--Representing to governments and other institutions the objectives and needs of education for public affairs and administration
--Encouraging curriculum development and innovation and providing a forum for publication and discussion of education scholarship, practices, and issues
--Undertaking surveys that provide members and the public with information on key educational issues
--Meeting with employers to promote internship opportunities for students and employment for graduates
--Undertaking joint educational projects with practitioner professional organizations
--Collaborating with institutes and schools of public administration in other countries through conferences, consortia, and joint projects.