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The Master of Public Administration Program in the College of Liberal Arts has been accepted for full membership in NACC, the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. NACC membership is granted to non-profit academic programs that demonstrate excellence and integration of research, teaching, and outreach in the non-profit field.

“This is an exceptional accomplishment for the MPA Program and its collaborators within Auburn and in communities. NACC membership is a signature designation for our program alongside our program accreditation through NASPAA, and tells prospective students that we deliver relevant content, and that we do so in a way that matters to the non-profit community,” said Kathleen Hale, MPA program director and NACC representative.

Auburn’s MPA Program has distinguished itself with its focus on preparing graduate students for public service as program staff, program evaluators, advocates, board members, and volunteers in non-profits or public agencies. Innovative programming includes courses in Field Research, Program Evaluation, International Non-profits and NGOs, and the core courses that comprise the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Organizations and Community Governance, and the Graduate Certificate in Election Administration. Formal and informal collaborations with the College of Liberal Arts Civic Engagement Initiative and Women’s Leadership Institute also generate important avenues for student involvement, faculty/student research, scholarship, and professional development. As NACC members, MPA graduate students are now eligible to apply for membership in the international nonprofit honorary society Nu Lambda Mu.

For more information about NACC and about Nu Lambda Mu, contact Kathleen Hale, MPA Program Director at or (334) 844-6155.