US News Ranking – Top 15%

In the most recent US News and World Report reputational survey of graduate programs, we have moved up to the 15th percentile, into the list of the top 50 of the 282 MPA programs as ranked by NASPAA and APPAM member schools.   We are in the highest ranking percentile of any John Jay graduate program ranked by US News and World Report.  As further indication of our national recognition, in 2014, the MPA Program in Public Policy and Administration won the NASPAA Diversity Award.  In the same year, the MPA Program in Inspection and Oversight won the NASPAA Social Equity award.

Everything you need to know for Commencement 2013

Graduation is on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 10:30am and 3:30PM. In order to walk in the commencement ceremony, you must apply for graduation through JayStop by March 8, 2013. Commencement will be held at Jacob Javits Center North. Students are entitled to only three guest tickets. If guests require special accommodations, you must contact the Office of Accessibility at least two months before commencement. If you have completed the majority of your credits by the end of the spring semester but you need to take additional courses in the summer, you cannot walk in the May 2013 commencement.

Additional info about ordering cap and gowns, purchasing class rings, senior week activities, submitting photos to the yearbook, and the ceremonies for each major is provided below.

If you have any further questions regarding Commencement, you can attend the town hall meetings, sponsored by the Office of Transition Programs, on February 20, 2013 at 1:30pm in room L.61 and 6:00pm in 630T. In addition to the first town hall meeting, there will be another meeting on February 28, 2013 at 1:30PM and 6:00PM in room L.61.
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Faculty at Work: Dr. Peter Mameli

We will feature occasional faculty profiles across the newsletters, so that students may understand the breadth of expertise and research happening in the department.  This month, we get to know Professor Peter Mameli’s work.

Professor Mameli has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Syracuse University. Prior to working in the Department of Public Management he held positions with the New York City Council, the New York City Board of Education and the New York City Office of Management and Budget.

Review current work of Professor Mameli below.

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Office of Student Life Wants You!

Flash Mob in New Building

By: Katherine Outlaw

Want to know where all the ACTION is?? Come visit the Office of Student Life (OSL), located in the New Building on Level 2, room L2.71.  The Office of Student Life strives to fulfill John Jay College’s mission by enhancing each student’s educational experience by providing extra-and co-curricular programs and activities. We are committed to providing the best possible leadership education, development and training opportunities for John Jay students. The Office of Student Life is a resource that students can use to build valuable relationships with others in addition to developing their personal and educational endeavors.  Read on for upcoming programs.
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Tues 6:30 – 8pm Weds 6 – 7:30pm Saturday
Excel I-a Excel User Interface and Spreadsheet Design 10/30/2012 11/3/2012 This session will cover the MS Excel user interface, ribbon and program options. Students will learn methods to create organized, well structured spreadsheets
Excel I-b Basic Graphs & Charts 11/6/2012 11/10/2012 This session will serve as an introduction to basic graphing and charts.
Excel I-c Basic Formulas and Functions 11/13/2012 11/17/2012 This session will introduce students to the basics of formulas and functions
Excel II-a Advanced Graphs & Charts 11/20/2012 11/24/2012 This session will introduce students to advance options for graphing and charting
Excel II-b Publication Quality Graphs 11/27/2012 12/1/2012 This session will focus on helping students produce high quality publication quality charts and graphs.
Excel II-c Advanced Functions and Formulas 12/4/2012 12/8/2012 This session will explore Excel’s advanced function options and methods to create advanced formulas.
Excel III-a Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts 12/11/2012 12/15/2012 This session will cover pivot tables and pivot charts.
Excel III-b Collaborating with Excel This session will introduce students to methods used to collaborate on projects involving multiple researchers.
Excel III-c If/Then Functions This session will introduce students to the advanced if/then functions of Excel.
Excel III-d Basic Statistical Analysis This session will cover Excel’s basic statistical and quantitative analysis functions.
Powerpoint I Powerpoint User Interface 10/31/2012 This session will introduce students to the MS Powerpoint Interface
Powerpoint II Powerpoint Tips 11/7/2012 This session will cover powerpoint presentation best practices. The session will focus on the creation of high quality slide presentations.
Powerpoint III Powerpoint Advanced Features 11/14/2012 This session will explore advanced features of MS Powerpoint.
Powerpoint IV Live Presentation Techniques 11/28/2012 This session will explore best practices for live presentations to groups.
Podcasting I Basics of Podcasting This session will cover the basics of podcasting.
Podcasting II Narrated Powerpoint Podcasts This session will cover methods students can use to create high quality narrated powerpoint podcasts.
Podcasting III Video Podcasts This session will cover methods students can use to create video podcasts for online delivery
Academic Research I Library Research Site 12/5/2012 This session will give students an overview of the online research tools available to John Jay Students
LinkedIn Profile Design 12/12/2012 This session will help students create high quality LinkedIn networking sites.

MPA Curriculum Changes

The MPA faculty has developed a set of curriculum revisions which were approved by the Committee on Graduate Studies on March 5th. The package next goes to the College Council and then to the CUNY Board of Trustees. It is expected that the revisions will be part of the Graduate Bulletin for AY 2012-2013. Students currently in either MPA program can earn their degree based on the new curriculum or any curriculum that has been in place since their current matriculation started – usually the semester they started their studies.

“These are not finally approved yet.” observed Professor Ned Benton, the MPA-IO Director. “Changes can be made at the College Council and by the University.” But the faculty thought the MPA students should be aware of the potential changes.  The following is a summary of the changes:
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