What Makes Us Unique?

What is unique about the College of Public Affairs & Administration?

  • The campus’ only doctoral program, the DPA,
    brings experienced public affairs practitioners to
    campus and equips them to use their professional
    experience to make contributions to their
    disciplines’ store of knowledge. Current students
    include:
    • The Director of the Springfield Housing
      Authority.
  • Extensive internship opportunities available for both undergraduate and graduate students including:
    • The Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program in the Illinois General Assembly
    • The Graduate Public Service Internship program in Illinois state agencies
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    • Internships with nonprofit agencies, municipal and country government offices, law offices, lobbying firms, advocacy organizations, and community service organizations
  • Distinguished professor in the College:
    • Dr. Mathew Holden, Jr., the Wepner Distinguished Professor of Political Science, who is a former president of the American Political Science Association
  • Three college faculty members who have been named University of Illinois University Scholars. This is the University of Illinois’ top academic honor.
  • The UIS Public Affairs Reporting Program created by former US Senator Paul Simon, who was its first director. Two graduates have received Pulitzer Prizes: Kathleen Best and Deborah Singer Peterson.
  • National accreditation for the Master’s in Public Administration (NASPAA) and Master’s of Public Health in Environmental Health (EHAC).
  • International study opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students. For example:
    • Two on-line collaborations, one with the Warsaw School of Economics and one with Colima University (Mexico).
    • A multidimensional collaboration with the University of The Gambia involving opportunities for students to intern in The Gambia, faculty to collaborate on teaching and research, and students from UTG to come to UIS to complete graduate degrees.
  • A diverse student body and faculty. In fall 2012, almost 70% of the new first-time freshmen in CPAA were from an under-represented group (compared to a campus average of 44%). Of the 45 CPAA tenure-stream faculty, more than 20% are from under-represented groups.