The College of Public Affairs & Administration is dedicated to the belief that effective public affairs education, significant public affairs scholarship and active service to the community will improve government and public policy in Illinois, the nation and our wider global community. We have a long history of interdisciplinary public affairs education, scholarship and public service. Departments in the College meet the needs of a wide range of students from their first semester of undergraduate education through their doctorate. We offer opportunities to faculty and students that simply cannot be found elsewhere in Illinois.

Experience the action & opportunities of the Illinois Capital City

Our faculty members are engaged with their practitioner colleagues in government and support agencies. Our proximity to the State Capitol, the headquarters of state agencies and associations and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library offers our students, staff and faculty educational and co-curricular opportunities designed to encourage life-long civic engagement and a dedication to public service. A significant number of political and public policy leaders in Illinois have been our students, teach as adjunct faculty, work with our faculty and seek our expertise on public affairs issues.

The College of Public Affairs & Administration is at the forefront of the UIS mission to provide an intellectually rich, collaborative and intimate learning environment for students, faculty and staff, while serving local, regional, state, national and international communities. Our College faculty and staff hope to provide an integrated package of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular initiatives that will guide our students to develop a strong sense of civic engagement, a commitment to social responsibility and an understanding of democratic values.

College bylaws (.pdf)

Alumni & Giving

Whether you just graduated or it has been many years since, we hope that you will partner with us to make a difference in the lives of our current students. There are a number of ways to get involved:

  • Join us on LinkedIn and Facebook to connect with your fellow alumni and our current students
  • Volunteer by giving guest lectures, mentoring students, hosting a networking event, or overseeing an internship experience
  • Attend and promote CPAA events
  • Join the CPAA Mentor Network and advise current graduate and undergraduate students
  • Give to support our College

We Want to Hear From You

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