Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) is the national honor society formed to recognize and promote excellence in the study and practice of public policy and administration. Pi Alpha Alpha seeks to promote the advancement of quality in the education and practice of the art and science of public policy and administration. The purpose of Pi Alpha Alpha is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration, and to foster integrity, professionalism and effective performance in the conduct of government and related public service activities. Pi Alpha Alpha is administered by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
Pi Alpha Alpha's membership identifies those with the highest performance levels in educational programs and prepares them for public service careers. Established in 1974, the society has grown significantly. Currently there are 143 chapters and almost 35,000 members nationwide.
As part of the national group, Indiana University South Bend Pi Alpha Alpha chapter dedicates itself:
- To encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public policy and administration,
- To promote the advancement of education and practice in the art and science of public policy and administration, and
- To foster integrity, professionalism, and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service activities.
MPA students are selected for membership based on the following criteria:
- GPA of at least 3.7; and,
- Completion of 20 hours of MPA credits.
Students who meet the eligibility qualifications are notified by mail. Students who decide to accept membership pay a one-time membership fee. New members are honored at a special induction ceremony dinner each spring.