- Eligibility – Full membership in the Association shall be extended to all matriculants of the MPA Program. Full members shall hold all rights and privileges within the Association. Cooperating membership shall be extended to all persons who have an interest in the MPA Progrm and in the betterment of the public service. Cooperative members may not hold elective office in the Association, nor may they vote. MPA students are encouraged and are welcome to attend activities and functions sponsored by the Association.
- Membership Fees – The Association's Alumni Board has the prerogative to recommend an annual membership fee to support the interests and activities of the Association. The recommendation is to be made to the membership at its annual business meeting and must be approved by the membership before being assessed. Except for currently enrolled MPA students, all members of the Association are required to pay whatever membership fee is approved by September 1 of each year to retain full membership.
It is the intent of the membership that the Carolina MPA Alumni Association's commitment to encouraging public service at all professional levels and by all people be reflected in the diversity of its governing body, special committees, and activities. Specifically, the Association commits to representing the diverse career paths, gender, and ethnic backgrounds of its graduates.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The Alumni Association of the Carolina Master of Public Administration Program is created and constituted as the formal organizational structure for the development and maintenance of an on-going professional association of the graduates and friends of the MPA Program. Such an association is considered to be desirable and necessary to the long-term fulfillment of the public purposes, goals and objectives of the MPA Program. Additionally, an organization of MPA alumni is consistent with the expressed personal desires and professional concerns of the individual graduates of the MPA Program in the pursuit of public service and closely related careers.
The Carolina MPA Alumni Association [herein referred to as "Association"] shall be considered a non-institutional extension of the MPA Program, functioning primarily for the benefit of its membership, the faculty and student body of the MPA Program. The express purposes for the creation of the Association are the formulation and maintenance of a continuing forum for professional development opportunities within the Association membership and, the seeking out, delivery, and perpetuation of Alumni support and assistance for the MPA Program. Accordingly, the Association seeks and accepts an active, participatory role in the MPA Program's total educational and career development responsibilities. The Association recognizes the contribution its members can make to the various on and off campus activities and functions of the MPA Program and pledges the collective and individual resources of its membership to the faculty and student body.
The Association welcomes the opportunity to assume an advisory role to the faculty, as well as to perform other functions that may be beneficial and desirable. The Association considers the cooperation and assistance of the faculty and staff of MPA Program highly essential to the successful performance of the various functions of the Association and solicits that aid with the expectation of establishing permanent channels of communication and support between the Program and its Alumni. It is the Association's primary intention that its resources and membership be called upon and utilized as required and as necessary to promote and foster the Program's high standards and the ultimate generation of well qualified and highly motivated professionals in the public service.
The mission of the Carolina MPA Alumni Association is to advance and support public service leaders by maintaining and strenghtening connections among alumni, students, and faculty.
To support this mission we will focus our efforts in the areas of connection, collaboration, and contribution.