Pi Alpha Alpha
Get recognized for your academic excellence in public policy, affairs, and administration in the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society.
Purpose and Goals
- Encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public policy, affairs, and administration
- Promote the advancement of education and practice in the art and science of public policy, affairs, and administration
- Foster integrity, professionalism, and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service activities
Membership Requirements and Obligations
Section I: Qualifications
- Membership shall be limited to those of academic excellence and achievement and/or distinguished public service who are or have been enrolled or teach in public policy, public affairs or public administration programs, or who serve or have served in the public service.
- At least fifty-one percent of the total membership must be currently enrolled students of Purdue Fort Wayne and only those members may vote, hold office, and represent the organization or university in an official capacity. In addition, there is a membership requirement of a minimum of eight members per organization.
- Membership and participation shall be free from discrimination and harassment per the policies of the Purdue Fort Wayne Code of Student Rights. Responsibilities, and Conduct as stated in Part 1 Section A, Items 3 and 4.
Section II: Classes of Membership
- Membership is limited to those who demonstrate academic excellence in public policy, affairs, and administration programs in Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) member schools and/or distinguished public service, and who fall within the following classes: student, alumni, faculty, and honorary. All membership is global membership with local chapter affiliation where appropriate.
- Candidates for undergraduate degrees who rank in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class may be inducted provided that:
- they have completed 15 semester hours of course work required for the public policy, public affairs or public administration major or its equivalent;
- they have maintained an average grade of 3.7 on a scale of 4.0 (A GPA of 3.67 or above can be rounded up to qualify) in all courses included in the major in public policy, public affairs and public administration, and at least a 3.0 in all other course work;
- they have met the requirements of (a) and (b) above and are in the last semester or quarter of their junior year.
- Transfer students who meet the qualifications for undergraduate membership may be inducted after they have completed a minimum of one full year of course work in the school or college to which they transfer and in which the chapter is located.
- A graduate student may be inducted from among the master's degree students who have maintained a GPA of at least 3.7 for 50 percent of the required course work (a minimum of 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours). A GPA of 3.67 or above can be rounded up to qualify. There is no restriction to the number who may be inducted.
- Doctoral students who meet the requirements for Pi Alpha Alpha master's degree student membership or who have completed all the requirements for the MPM, MPP, MPA or its equivalent, may be inducted without restriction as to number.
- Those who meet all the requirements of student membership but who have graduated before induction by a local chapter may be inducted as alumni members. Student members shall become alumni members upon graduation. If an alumni member relocates to a city where there is another chapter, s/he may also affiliate with the other chapter.
- Any full-time member of a NASPAA member institution faculty offering course work in public policy, affairs or administration degree program at which a Pi Alpha Alpha chapter is located, may be elected to faculty membership by such local chapter.
- Any person who has achieved distinction in public policy, public affairs or public administration and who possess the distinguished qualities that Pi Alpha Alpha foster may be inducted to honorary membership in a local chapter. Local chapters may induct as many as two individuals per year without express approval of the NASPAA Pi Alpha Alpha Special Ad Hoc Committee. Prior to induction of more than two honorary members, the local chapter must request and receive approval by the Ad Hoc Committee.
- A person who has made a particularly distinguished contribution to public policy, public affairs, or public administration through practice or education may be inducted to national honorary membership.
Section III: Nomination for Membership
- The Purdue University Fort Wayne Chapter shall have a nominating committee which shall consist of three members, two of whom shall be members of the full-time faculty teaching in the public policy, public affairs, or public administration program of this university or college.
- The nominating committee will review students who are academically eligible for membership; they may wish to determine if the students are free from any disciplinary judgments before nominating them for membership.
- The third member maybe designated by other two full -time faculty members.
- The NASPAA Pi Alpha Alpha Special Ad Hoc Committee and local chapters may nominate candidates for national honorary membership; the selection of the national honorees will be made by a majority vote of the national executive committee at the annual conference of NASPAA or as prescribed by Ad Hoc Committee policy.
Section IV: Dues
- Each fellow shall pay such initiation fees and annual dues as may be prescribed by the Purdue University Fort Wayne Chapter and/or the NASPAA Pi Alpha Alpha Special Ad Hoc Committee.