Academic excellence fee

In the Fall 2014, Austin W. Marxe Baruch College School of Public and International Affairs introduced an Academic Excellence Fee (AEF) for the Master in Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration (MSEd-HEA)

The revenues generated by AEF monies have a positive impact on various student services and allow us to meet students’ expectations while maintaining affordable tuition rates and delivering excellent programming. Specifically, the impact can be qualified as:

  • Having additional students accepted and participate as Empire State, Excelsior and other related prestigious fellowships
  • Excel in classes: students are able to utilize tutorial services to perform more successfully in the classroom.
  • We have seen a noteworthy increase in graduate student retention in the past four semesters.
  • Students have access to career advisors and student advisement during early morning and evening hours.
  • A larger percentage of graduate students have been able to able to work with faculty as Graduate Assistants and have research papers accepted for presentation at research and policy related conferences such as APPAM, NASPAA, ARNOVA and others.
  • Expand our “The Washington Semester” to every fall so graduate students have the ability to gain exposure to all levels of government.
  • Study-away awards for short term academic programs for part-time and full time students in specific MPA and MSED programs.