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MPA program heralded

By Julie Kane

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 26 - March 30, 1995

According to a new U.S. News & World Report, Virginia Tech's Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) ranks in the top 20 in the publication's "Best Graduate Schools" survey. Virginia Tech is the only Virginia school listed in the top 25 percent for its master's in public administration (MPA) program.

CPAP is part of Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies. The program operates from two main locations: the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg and the Northern Virginia Graduate Center in Falls Church.

To arrive at the rankings, U.S. NEWS sent questionnaires to accredited schools which are members of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. Deans, top administrators and senior faculty members at 223 schools were polled, and the response rate was 40.5 percent.

James Wolf, director of CPAP, said, "I feel our MPA program is unique because of the high caliber of students we have been able to attract, as well as a diverse, highly qualified faculty." The center addresses the amelioration of public-sector problems and the enhancement of public service at the local, state, and national levels.

In addition to the master's in public administration, CPAP offers three other programs, a specialty program for mid-career public-service professionals, the certificate of advanced graduate study, and the Ph.D. in public administration/public affairs.

For more information on CPAP's MPA and other programs, contact James Wolf at (703) 231-5133 or (703) 698-6084.