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The mission of the School of Public Affairs and its degree programs is to enhance the performance of governmental and nonprofit institutions in New York and the nation in the interest of effective and equitable public service and public policy in a diverse society. Using insights from theory, research, and practice, we are a multidisciplinary community of scholars engaged in teaching, research, and outreach to achieve this mission. We place special emphasis on educating responsive and accountable leaders who combine managerial expertise, creative and critical thinking, and rigorous analysis in the formation and execution of public policy. The School also serves as a site for debate and reflection on issues of public importance to New York and the world beyond.
The School of Public Affairs' faculty recently adopted a 5-year strategic plan to address global challenges while enhancing and expanding the School's historic role in New York City.
The plan calls for a strong commitment to globalization and digital technology, greater support for students in and out of the classroom, and the building and development of administrative programs and a robust infrastructure. It is supported by the key themes below.
The School of Public Affairs' strategic plan is as follows: