The Public Administration program has a student led organization called the Association of Public Administration (APA). Collectively, they have opened up opportunities for students to accelerate their growth and experience. Recent student successes are listed below.
- In 2007, a group of MPA graduate students with the guidance of Dr. Borrego organized the 1st Annual U.S. and Mexico Protocol & Etiquette Training for elected and administrative officials of the Rio Grande Valley.
- In 2007, five students from the Association of Public Administration (APA) attend the annual conference for The American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) in Washington D.C.
- In 2005, Laura Kissner completed her internship with the U.S. Government of Accountability Office (GAO). In 2006, she was accepted into the prestigious Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) Program.
- 2006-2007 Monte Alto Community Project: A group of students from the APA dedicated their time and skills assisting the community of Monte Alto with logistical support for the construction of a community center. The volunteering APA members who participated have also received a certificate of Leadership Training from the Office of U.S. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa.
- May 2007, a group of MPA students complete a program evaluation for Ventanillas de Salud, a public service offered by the Mexican Consulate located in McAllen, Texas and Migrant Health Promotions.
- In 2007, a group of MPA graduate students worked collaboratively to coordinate the logistics of Visiting Scholar Dr. Carlos F. Almada to the University of Texas-Pan American. Dr. Carlos F. Almada will be teaching a course on the Economic Development of the Borderlands during Fall 2007 semester.