An Overview of NASPAA
NASPAA is the global standard in public service education. It is a membership organization of graduate programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public & nonprofit management. Its members award MPA, MPP, MPAff, and similar degrees. NASPAA has nearly 300 member schools located across the U.S. and in 14 other countries around the globe.
NASPAA's Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) is the recognized global accreditor of master's degree programs in the field.
In 2013, NASPAA changed its name to the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, to recognize the organization's growing global focus and presence. Since 1970, NASPAA has been ensuring excellence in education and training for public service, and promoting the ideal of public service.
NASPAA accomplishes its mission through direct services to its member institutions and by:
NASPAA is governed by an elected Executive Council, comprised of 15 members from NASPAA member schools, who serve staggered three-year terms, and by a directly-elected President and Vice President/President-elect.
NASPAA members are academic institutions that award master's degrees in public policy, public affairs, public administration, public management, and similar areas. NASPAA membership is open to schools around the world. NASPAA also offers Associate membership for schools that seek a supportive role, such as those that are developing an MPA or MPP degree, and for other organizations that want to be connected to the public affairs education community.
NASPAA’s Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) is the specialized accrediting body for masters degree programs in public affairs, administration, and policy, and is recognized as a global accreditor by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. Only NASPAA member programs are eligible to participate in the accreditation process. The review combines a rigorous self-study with peer review.
Committees and Sections
NASPAA supports membership Sections that promote shared interests. Any representative from a NASPAA member school can join any Section. Current Sections are:
Standards, Policies, and Guidelines
To provide assistance to member institutions, NASPAA has developed the following standards, policies, and guidelines:
NASPAA publishes the Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE), a quarterly peer-reviewed journal that serves to stimulate research and dialogue about issues in public affairs education. NASPAA also produces brochures and other material to promote education and training for public service.
NASPAA organizes an annual conference to engage members in discussions of challenges and opportunities in public affairs education. It also organizes annual meetings of members' career services and admissions directors, and a biannual meeting of doctoral programs.
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NASPAA - The Global Standard in Public Service Education
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