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On Campus ·

AU Professors Find Innovative Ways to Teach Online

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, 936 full-time tenured, tenure-track, and term faculty and more than 500 adjunct instructors quickly figured out how to move American University’s 3,018 traditional classes online for 8,163 undergraduates.
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Department Spotlight ·

Key Makes Connection a Priority through Special Programming

Dr. Patrick Malone, program director of the Key Executive Program at the School of Public Affairs (SPA), considers Key’s vision of executive development to be based on mutual trust and emotional intelligence rather than theoretical models.
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Achievements ·

SPA Team Wins Cybersecurity Competition

AU School of Public Affairs (SPA) students won the Atlantic Council's cyber policy and strategy competition, beating 21 teams from other area colleges and universities.
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Achievements ·

Seeking Continuity in Crisis, SPA Pivots Online

When the Covid-19 outbreak response prompted American University to move to online classes as of March 18, Dr. Sonja Walti, Director of Online Programs at the School of Public Affairs (SPA), helped the school’s faculty transition.
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Research ·

Expanded Insurance Coverage Impacts Opioid Crisis

SPA Assistant Professor Aparna Soni examined data from 46 states and DC and discovered a nearly 10 percent reduction rate of opioid-related inpatient hospitalizations in states that expanded Medicaid after implementation of the ACA in 2014.
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AU SPA ranked #13 out of 276 schools of public affairs

Announcement ·

American University’s School of Public Affairs Receives High Recognition in New U.S. News & World Report Rankings

AU SPA Receives High Recognition in U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate Schools rankings
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On Campus ·

Female Ambassadors Share Stories on International Women’s Day

Female ambassadors to the U.S. from Afghanistan, Iceland, Oman and Rwanda spoke on campus at a panel moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of the American University School of Public Affairs’ Women and Politics March 4.
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Research ·

Analysis of Affordable Care Act Shows Promising Impact on Health

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marks its 10th anniversary, a new study of the literature on how the insurance expansions have affected health outcomes finds encouraging news.
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Communications ·

AU Students Fan Out Across NH, SC to Cover Primaries

The events capped off a nonstop week of reporting for 24 AU students enrolled in Presidential Primaries, a course offered every four years by SOC and SPA. Now in its fourth cycle, the class featured a new twist this year: South Carolina.
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Research ·

Grants Will Support Publication of Presidential Letters of Taylor and Fillmore

New SPA research professor Michael Cohen is spearheading a project for the SPA Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS) that will edit and publish the letters of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore.
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