Vision & Mission
SPAA is recognized for its knowledge and competence in public service and administration, with particular attention to the fields of performance measurement, management, and improvement. SPAA is dedicated to diversity and ethical values across all of its programs.
Educate and motivate students to choose careers in public service and public administration
Generate and diffuse knowledge in these fields
Collaborate with public and nonprofit sector organizations and professionals in the U.S. and throughout the world
Emphasize public service values and competencies for effective performance
Promote public and nonprofit sector accountability and transparency
Improve public and nonprofit sector efficiency and effectiveness to help deliver promised services at reasonable cost to taxpayers
The four pillars of our mission:
The efficacy of our curriculum is regularly confirmed by our colleagues: our MPA program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration; our MPA graduates are placed in positions of high responsibility at the federal, state and local levels; and our doctoral graduates are teaching and gaining tenure at more than a dozen universities.
We are proud that the Rutgers-Newark campus is, for the 14th straight year, the most diverse in America, and that our MPA and PhD programs contribute substantially to that diversity. SPAA seeks to foster diversity through faculty, research, and student networks.
Our curriculum is continually revised to reflect the changing nature of the field of public administration. For example, recent additions to the curriculum include courses on E-Government and Digital Democracy. Specializations ensure that students have access to key areas such as performance management, finance and budgeting, and nonprofit management.
Our faculty, alumni and students are leaders in the American Society for Public Administration, locally, nationally and internationally. Several faculty members are fellows of the National Academy of Public Administration. We have helped develop the knowledge and practice of public administration through the United Nations, in China, Korea, and in South Africa. In New Jersey, our faculty is instrumental in assisting the city of Newark and regional governments in the urban area.