Newest school at Rutgers University wins high rankings

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According to the 2009 “Best Graduate School” rankings released last month by U.S. News & World Report, the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University in Newark has one of the top 10 graduate programs in the United States in the areas of information and technology management, and public management and administration.

Specifically, SPAA holds high rankings in the following categories: information and technology management (9th); public management and administration (10th); public finance and budgeting (11th); city management and urban policy (14th); and non-profit management (18th).

The rankings are based on the results of a peer assessment survey completed in 2007 by deans, directors and department chairs representing 269 master’s programs. The survey measures the academic quality of each program on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished).

“As the first new school established at Rutgers University in almost 20 years, we are very pleased with our placement in all six categories,” said Dr. Marc Holzer,  dean and professor of SPAA. “It is a true testament to the caliber of our faculty and curriculum,  and the excellence we bring to the study of public affairs and administration.”

Founded in 2006, the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers-Newark is the first new school established at Rutgers University in more than 20 years. SPAA’s mission encompasses competence, diversity, knowledge and service, and the school equips future leaders and educators with the tools necessary to efficiently and effectively deliver government services. It is the only such school at a public university in New Jersey. SPAA enhances New Jersey’s capacity to develop more effective government at all levels, offering degree and non-degree programs, research and technical assistance to make government more transparent to citizens. The school’s most recent initiatives include a national network on performance measurement and reporting, a municipal public performance measurement system, and the development of the E-Governance Institute. For more information on the school: