Why Join CUPSO?

CUPSO provides a forum for networking and information exchange among university colleagues who provide training, technical assistance, policy research, and/or other related services to state and local governments and non-profit organizations. CUPSO will connect you with peers who understand the public service missions and work of organizations that combine academic knowledge with practical applications.

Here’s What Our Current Members Say:

If you are involved in public service for your university, CUPSO offers a group of committed professionals who can be your mentors, colleagues, and friends. I look forward to CUPSO meetings more than any other professional gathering. I always come away with administrative and programmatic ideas that advance my work, and I return home inspired. It is a terrific organization.

Mike Smith, Dean, School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Every time I attend a CUPSO event I return with at least one new idea, strategy, technique, or realization. And even better, I find myself energized by having spent time with colleagues who share my passion for excellence in public service. It’s easy to understand why I do everything I can to avoid schedule conflicts with CUPSO activities.

John P. Thomas, Director, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia

CUPSO is a very important part of my professional development and a source of ideas and support for advancing our public service mission in Missouri. I value the friendship and advice from leaders of organizations large and small – each has so much to offer. The dues we pay yield a high return on investment in these times of limited budgets.

Brian Dabson, Associate Dean and Director of the Institute of Public Policy, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri

CUPSO has a long history of fostering networks and exploring innovative and instructive ideas. In my mind, CUPSO membership is a necessity for university public service units. It is the only organization that I know of that addresses the unique nexus between the different prospects and concerns facing the civic realm and the university centers that advise and support improved public processes and policy.

Donna London, Director, The Jim Self Center on the Future, Strom Thurmond Institute, Clemson University

Benefits for All Levels of CUPSO Membership:

  • Gain access to CUPSO’s member network
  • Participate in CUPSO’s fall directors’ meeting and spring annual conference
  • Share and present at CUPSO meetings and webinars
  • Receive news and information about peer public service institutes
  • Collaborate on grants and initiatives with other member organizations
  • Be part of a movement to support and expand public service in universities

Membership Level Annual Dues

  • New Member – Get to Know Us
    $500.00 (1st two years)
  • Sustaining Member
    $1,000.00
  • Leadership Circle
    Above $1,000.00

How Do I Join?

If you’re ready to join – or have questions about membership – please contact Linda Hoke, CUPSO Coordinator, at info@scupso.org.