Interested in becoming a
site visitor or learning more about NASPAA Accreditation? NASPAA
and COPRA will be represented at both of the upcoming COMPA and
conferences, in Washington, D.C., March 13-14 and March
14-18, respectively, at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel.
COMPA: March 14, 2014 at
NASPAA Site Visitor Training
ASPA: March 17, 2014 at
8:30am -- "Competency Assessment in Public Administration
Accreditation: Value and Sustainability"
The Council for Higher
Education Accreditation (CHEA) expects recognized accreditors,
including NASPAA, to require accredited programs to publicly
provide student achievement data to their stakeholders. As the
2013 Policy Statement indicates, COPRA interprets student
achievement data to include internship placement, graduation
rates, and employment rates. COPRA expects all accredited
programs to publicly provide these accountability measures to
their stakeholders. A simple way to provide graduation and
employment rates is to link to the NASPAA
website. For an excellent example of how to present
employment rates, see the how the
Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
at The George Washington University breaks down its sectors
of employment by degree.
COPRA is seeking a
consultant to design educational sessions for academic program
directors seeking to learn about accreditation for public
service education, focusing on the Accreditation Institute, to
be held November 4, 2014, at the NASPAA Annual Conference in
Albuquerque. More detailed information is available
COPRA Policy Statement
COPRA has released a
policy statement announcing the slowing of the expectations of
programs with regard to Standard 5. The Policy Statement,
available here, is intended to
replace the previously stated transition period expectations
outlined in the June 2012 Policy Statement. The Statement also
updates the Commission's expectations with regard to diversity.
Visit the updated
Best Practices page for examples of
self-study reports, diversity plans, and assessment plans from
programs in the current and past cohorts. Remember, inclusion on
this page does not signal a COPRA endorsement, but is instead
meant to provide programs with insight into how peers have
discussed conformance with the 2009 Standards.
NASPAA is pleased to present
its Diversity Report
2013: an in-depth look at the growth in diversity in NASPAA-accredited
programs over the last decade. The report details diversity
trends in the faculty and student populations of programs. The
report also presents multiple case studies in best practice,
featuring the University of New Orleans, University of New
Mexico, Tsinghua University, and Carnegie Mellon University.
Apply for NASPAA Accreditation
Programs that wish to apply for NASPAA accreditation for the first time have two upcoming
deadlines for Eligibility applications--April 1 and August 1. This initial phase is a prerequisite to submitting an accreditation Self-Study report. If you plan to submit an application, please contact NASPAA staff for more information on starting the process. All applying programs must be a NASPAA member.