Founded in 1969 under the leadership of former UNM president, Dr. Ferrel Heady, the school provides a solid academic foundation to prepare students for leadership and management positions in the public and non-profit sectors. From public management and organizational behavior to public policy evaluation and health policy and management - our faculty provide insights into the numerous challenges facing our society and government and how they can best be managed.
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On February 25, nearly 400 graduate students in public policy and management from around the world traveled to eight university locations to compete in a one-day immersive computer simulation that challenged them to advance global food security. Students were divided into two worlds, where they bonded as members of staff of a fictional global non-governmental organization (NGO). They analyzed data, made policy proposals, reacted the computer simulation results, drafted memos with recommendations, and presented their strategy recommendations to teams of local site judges.
The School of Public Administration was able to send three MPA students, pictured right, (L-R: Shruthi Nadig, Zlata Nourie, NASPAA Director of Membership David Marshall, and Jazzai Jimerson) to Arizona State University in Phoenix to participate in the site’s student simulation competition. "We had an opportunity to contribute our ideas and efforts to help solve regional food security problems. It was a very busy day, but so rewarding!" Nourie commented. Remarkably, the Arizona State World One site team won the regional level, which Nadig and Nourie collaborated with. Super judges noted the team's excellent visual presentation.
“The School of Public Administration is proud that three of its students represented UNM so excellently at the recent NASPAA Student Simulation Competition. We hope to make such participation a tradition of our program,” said SPA Director, Felipe Gonzales.
One of the University of New Mexico’s School of Public Administration master's programs is being hailed one of the best in the country.
According to the website “Top Management Degrees,” the MPA program is #42 in the nation. The ranking touts the School of Public Administration’s intensive curriculum, its numerous accreditations and recognitions as more than 1,500 UNM students have received Master's in Public Administration (MPA) degrees. It is one of the largest graduate programs on UNM’s campus and the only School of Public Administration in the state of New Mexico. It offers two master’s programs: Public Administration and Health Administration.
“It is very gratifying to get this national recognition as we do a fine job of training and graduating our students,” said SPA Director, Dr. Felipe Gonzales.
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