Accreditation Institute

Interactive, flipped classroom with Experiential, skill-based learning (and occasional lecturettes) to prepare for accreditation.
When is it?

The 2020 Accreditation Institute was held October 14, 2020  – one day before the official start of the NASPAA Annual Conference. The Institute was free with the NASPAA Conference registration.

Where is it?

The 2020 NASPAA Annual Conference was held virtually. For additional details on conference logistics, please visit the NASPAA Annual Conference site.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in learning more about NASPAA Accreditation was encouraged to attend. Programs seeking (re)accreditation in the short-term – programs in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 cohorts – were especially encouraged to register for the 2020 Institute. It was also an excellent opportunity for programs interested in seeking accreditation to prepare for both the eligibility application and/or self-study report. Program heads and faculty new to currently accredited programs are also welcome to join colleagues to learn about the expectations of accredited programs!

The day was designed to provide the tools to be successful in mission-driven, outcomes-oriented, evidence-based accreditation-earning program management. Site Visitor Training also occurs throughout the day.

What will I learn?

Based around an interactive, flipped classroom, the 2020 Institute used a combination of video modules and experiential and skills-based learning to touch on each of the 7 NASPAA Accreditation Standards, including maintaining your mission and sustainable assessment, as well as program best practices. The philosophy of the training was focused around the elements of managing a program effectively: mission-driven, outcomes-oriented, evidence-based. 

Anyone interested can also train to become a NASPAA Site Visitor! COPRA encourages programs who are recently accredited (and not in immediate upcoming cohorts) to train as a site visitor!

Full access to 2020 materials was shared with registered participants via the 2020 NASPAA Conference registration using your unique login information. Registrants can access all the content on Pathable from Monday, Oct. 5 through March of 2021 – 6 months of engagement!

2020 Accreditation Institute participants and those interested in the accreditation process can click here to view 2020 slides:

  1. Session 1: Holistic Strategic Management
  2. Session 2: Program Evaluation
  3. Session 3: Student Learning Assessment
  4. Session 5: The Accreditation Review Process
What is the schedule?

The 2020 Accreditation Institute was virtual. There were 5 sessions beginning at 10:00am Eastern Time (Washington, DC) on October 14. The first session, Holistic Strategic Management, was repeated from 4:00 to 4:50pm Eastern Time for participants who are not in the Eastern Time Zone. Click here for the 2020 Accreditation Schedule Overview.   

Do I have to prepare?

Yes! The Institute is based upon a flipped classroom. A series of videos, available here, give participants the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the NASPAA Standards ahead of the Institute. The Facilitators solicited questions ahead of the Institute, to give participants the chance to shape content. Then, on October 14, the Institute trainers hit the ground running, expecting every participant to have watched and reviewed the video modules before virtually joining your colleagues. By covering the details of the NASPAA Standards ahead of time, the Institute can focus on hands-on learning, applying the concepts and tools needed to prepare a comprehensive Self-Study Report.

Does my program qualify for Speed Consulting?

Speed Consulting is available most year to accredited programs currently in their self-study year. For 2020, those programs seeking reaccreditation in the 2021-22 cohort may be offered a one-on-one session with an accreditation expert in the Fall. These one-hour sessions are an excellent opportunity to consult with former and current COPRA members and site visitors and discuss your specific questions and concerns.

If your program is seeking initial accreditation, you instead have the option to request an eligibility counselor from NASPAA – someone outside of the evaluative process to assist with questions that arise during the self-study year. Counseling opportunities are considered to be much more in-depth than speed consulting, so please take advantage and contact NASPAA staff today!

2021 Accreditation Institute

Stay tuned for information regarding the 2021 Accreditation Institute in the Fall of 2021. It will be especially useful for programs seeking (re)accreditation in the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 cohorts.

Want to learn more about the NASPAA Annual Conference? Click here!