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Dr. George Reed, Dean of UCCS School of Public AffairsWelcome to the UCCS School of Public Affairs, a vibrant learning community serving those who seek to make a difference in the public sector. The Roman poet Virgil asserted that the noblest virtue is the public good. Whether you are a prospective student, a graduate, a friend, or an interested citizen, thank you for your interest in our school.

The School of Public Affairs provides high-quality degrees and certificates within a culture of care. It is an environment where students, faculty and community members engage and learn from each other in the classroom and through research and experiential learning. Spend some time with our world-class faculty and you will soon come to understand why the School of Public Affairs is such a special place.

Our programs emphasize critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for leading and managing effectively in a diverse society. Our graduates are prepared to innovate in the complex world in which we live.

Our Master of Public Administration program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). This accreditation is awarded only after a rigorous peer review process that ensures our program provides high quality education and promotes values of public service.

Our flagship Criminal Justice undergraduate and graduate degree programs are renowned for combining theory and practice. Our dedicated Criminal justice faculty is comprised of top-flight academics and experienced criminal justice professionals who have much to offer those who are interested in issues of crime and justice.

The world of public affairs is rich and varied, full of challenges and rewards. Whether your interests lie in local, state or the federal government, in serving as an elected official, in leading a nonprofit agency or foundation, in the broad and demanding field of criminal justice, or in the arena of policy analysis and administration, the School of Public Affairs has much to offer. Here you will interact with scholars and leading practitioners in small classes. You will have an opportunity to contribute from your own experiences and be challenged with opportunities for new learning. You will also engage in classroom dialogue and work on real-world problems in community settings.

If you share our desire to make the world a better place I invite you to take a closer look at the School of Public Affairs. We look forward to meeting you.

--George E. Reed, Ph.D
Dean

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New Graduate Dual Degree Program

We are pleased to announce the new Dual Masters-Public Administration & Sociology.

Read UCCS official announcement "UCCS creates new dual graduate program in public administration, sociology".

Outstanding Faculty Award: Rich Radabaugh

We are pleased and humbled to announce that Criminal Justice Senior Instructor Rich Radabaugh, Esq. has received the UCCS 2018 Outstanding Instructor Award!

Faculty News: YongJei Lee

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dr. YongJei Lee for being selected as the UCCS faculty lead in the Compass Curriculum Assessment of Inclusiveness.

Faculty Conference: Regina Winters and Stephanie Ryon

Wonderful presentation on "Practical, Focused, and Grantor Friendly Evaluation Tips and Pitfalls" by Dr. Stephanie Ryon and Assistant Dean Regina Winters at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence' annual Nonprofit Conference last week.

Faculty Conference: Robert Wonnett

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Wonnett, Scholar in Residence, for a successful panel on “From the Military to Public-Sector Management: A Continuum of Service” at the American Society for Public Administration Conference this weekend.

Faculty Achievement: YongJei Lee

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dr. YongJei Lee for being awarded a UCCS Compass Course Development Grant to develop his course, CJ 3170, on Crime Prevention and Analysis course.

Faculty Achievement: Don Klingner

School of Public Affairs' Distinguished Professor Dr. Don Klingner to be awarded "Chester A. Newland Presidential Citation of Merit" for his service to the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

Faculty Achievement: Jon Caudill

Congratulations to MCJ Director and Associate Professor Dr. Jonathan Caudill for being selected as the co-editor of the top-tiered peer-reviewed "Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice" journal.

Faculty Achievement: Anna Kosloski

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dr. Anna Kosloski for being selected as the new Director of the UCCS Undergraduate Research Academy.

Scholarly Conference: Edin Mujkic

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dr. Edin Mujkic, an expert in the international arena of emergency and crisis management, for being asked to join the “Good Governance Forum: Emergency & Crisis Management Worldwide” forum at the 2018 American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Conference.

Faculty Achievement: Don Klingner

Congratulations to Distinguished Professor, Dr. Don Klingner, who will join the executive editorial board of the journal on Public Integrity, the premier journal for the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

In the Media: Jon Caudill and UCCS CJ Students

Check out the interviews of our CJ student and Dr. Jon Caudill on Criminal Justice education by local news channel: Read Jon Caudill and UCCS Students Interview.

Publication Alert: Edin Mujkic

Congratulations to Dr. Edin Mujkic, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, for getting co-authored article "Ethics Training for U.S. Military Leaders: Challenging the Conventional Approach" published in the Journal of Public Integrity. Read "Ethics Training for U.S. Military Leaders".

Publication Alert: YongJei Lee

Congratulations to Dr. YongJei Lee on publishing the chapter "Chronic and Temporary Crime Hot Spots" in the book Unraveling the Crime-Place Connection, Volume 22: New Directions in Theory and Policy" Crime Science journal. Read "Chronic and Temporary Crime Hot Spots".

Conference Presentation: Don Klingner

Dr. Don Klingner will chair a forum and co-keynote at the Americas Conference of Mayors in Albuquerque 9/9 on "Secure the Border and Deal with Undocumented Immigrants: A Comprehensive Approach to Resolving US - Mexico Immigration Issues". Read "Americas Conference of Mayors".

Public Safety Initiative: In the News

Colorado Springs' Gazette is featuring the UCCS School of Public Affairs' Public Safety Initiative. Read " UCCS Initiative to develop law enforcement leaders, bring training closer to home ".

Publication Alert: Stephanie Ryon and Anna Kosloski

Congratulations to Assistant Professors of Criminal Justice, Dr. Stephanie Ryon and Dr. Anna Kosloski, for getting their article "Community-based and family-focused alternatives to incarceration: A quasi-experimental evaluation of interventions for delinquent youth" published in Journal of Criminal Justice journal. Read "Community-based and family-focused alternatives to incarceration".

Publication Alert: YongJei Lee

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Dr. YongJei Lee, for getting his article "Ravenous wolves revisited: A systematic review of offending concentration" published in Crime Science journal. Read "Ravenous wolves revisited".

National Institute of Justice Recipient: YongJei Lee

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Dr. YongJei Lee, for being selected as one of the winners of the prestigious National Institute of Justice' (NIJ) "Real-Time Crime Forecasting Challenge". Read about NJI's "Crime Forecasting Challenge".

Publication Alert: Jonathan Caudill and Payton Ptacek

Congratulations to Associate Professor and MCJ Director Dr. Jonathan Caudill and Dual MPA/MCJ student Payton Ptacek for getting their article "Sentencing: Individualized Considerations of Broad-Brush Reforms" published in ACJS Today journal. Read "Sentencing: Individualized Considerations" .

Publication Alert: YongJei Lee

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Dr. YongJei Lee, for getting his article "How concentrated is crime among victims? A systematic review from 1977 to 2014" published in Crime Science journal. Read "How concentrated is crime among victims?".

Publication Alert: YongJei Lee

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Dr. YongJei Lee, for getting these two articles published in the Crime Science journal. Click on the titles to access them:

 

Publication Alert: Jonathan Caudill

Congratulations to Associate Professor and MCJ Director Dr. Jonathan Caudill for getting his article "Decoupling the Labeling Tradition: Exploring Gang Affiliation and the Application of Law" published in Sage Journal's Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. Read "Decoupling the Labeling Tradition" .

Publication Alert: Jonathan Caudill

Congratulations to Associate Professor and MCJ Director Dr. Jonathan Caudill for getting his article "Decoupling the Labeling Tradition: Exploring Gang Affiliation and the Application of Law" published in Sage Journal's Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. Read "Decoupling the Labeling Tradition" .

Journal Alert: Jonathan Caudill

Congratulations to Associate Professor and MCJ Director Dr. Jonathan Caudill. He is the Associate Editor of the academic journal "Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice", which has been ranked in the top 10 of Criminology and Penology journals in 2017.

Dr. Edin Mujkic Tapped as Prestigious Ethics Fellow

School Public Affairs' Assistant Professor, Edin Mujkic, has been chosen to serve as a UCCS Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Faculty Fellow for 2017-2018.

First Issue of Journal of Human Security & Resilience

The first issue of SPA's Center for Human Security's professional journal, Journal of Human Security & Resilience, is now available. Congratulations to Steve Recca and Edin Mujkic. Journal of Human Security & Resilience

Publication Alert: Stephanie Ryon

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dr. Stephanie Ryon for getting her article "Procedurally just cooperation: Explaining support for due process reforms in policing" published in the Journal of Criminal Justice published. "Procedurally just cooperation" article.

Publication Alert: Matthew Lunn

Congratulations to Matthew Lunn, Criminal Justice Lecturer, for getting his textbook Essentials of Medicolegal Death Investigation Public Integrity Journal published. Essentials of Medicolegal Death Investigation, 1st Edition.

Publication Alert: Edin Mujkic

Congratulations to Dr. Edin Mujkic for co-authoring and getting "Ethics Training for U.S. Military Leaders: Challenging the Conventional Approach" published by Public Integrity Journal.

New eJournal: Journal of Human Security & Resilience

The UCCS School of Public Affairs' Center for Human Security (CHS) has launched a peer-reviewed Journal of Human Security & Resilience, with Dr. Edin Mujkic as Editor-in-Chief and Steve Recca as Managing Editor.

School of Public Affairs Scholarship

To celebrate UCCS' 50th Anniversary and to provide financial support for students, the UCCS School of Public Affairs Scholarship has been created to raise funds for student scholarships. Invest Now.

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Upcoming Events

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Community Partners Event

Friday, April 20, 2018 from 4:00 - 6:00pm in ACAD

School of Public Affairs Graduation Reception

Friday, May 4, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:00pm in Kettle Creek 108 for students and families

UCCS Graduation

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 2:30 for LAS, Nursing & Health Sciences, School of Public Affairs ceremony at the Broadmoor World Arena

Criminal Justice in London

From May 15, 2018 to May 24

Summer Semester

Classes start Monday, June 11, 2018. Registration begins Monday, April 2, 2018.

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New Student Orientation 2017 - UCCS School of Public Affairs

 

Why SPA at UCCS?

Choose the Best!

The UCCS School of Public Affairs is one of the premier schools of public administration in the Rocky Mountain West, and the school's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is accredited by NASPAA. The small, intimate size of the UCCS School of Public Affairs makes it a highlight for prospective and current students, making SPA an outstanding choice.

The school is known for its friendly and inviting culture and scholarship. While the student body is small; faculty and staff members are readily accessible and engage students as peers. At UCCS School of Public Affairs, students are assured of excellence in teaching by exceptional faculty.

Our Programs

Our strong program offerings include a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Master of Public Administration, Master of Criminal Justice, and professional certificates.

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