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Arizona State University to offer first-of-a-kind Public Service Academy

Arizona State University is slated to become the first institution in the U.S. to boast a Public Service Academy.

The undergraduate program will integrate cross-sector and civilian-military experiences to develop future leaders in society and create solutions to society’s biggest challenges.

“It’s an umbrella that brings together the PSA academy and the Next Generation Service Corps, which is a four-year program where undergraduates prepare for a life of public service,” said Jonathan Koppell, dean of ASU’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

The program includes yearly retreats, service opportunities and shared experiences with ROTC cadets. The academy embraces ASU’s mission to prepare students for advancing community solutions, regardless of their profession, Koppell said.

“This is a natural extension of the vision of ASU that President (Michael) Crow has articulated: that the university itself is always looking for ways to serve the community and be a value in the state of Arizona,” Koppell said.

The goal of the program is to enroll 1,300 students annually. The Next Generation Service Corps has already accepted 100 students.

The university is actively seeking employees with national service experience in organizations like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps.

ASU has been designated as Charter Employer of National Service and has been recognized in developing leaders in public service. The academy’s first-year pilot program starts up in the fall.