Accreditation Institute

The Accreditation Institute is a one-day event for academic program directors and faculty seeking to learn about accreditation for masters-level public service degrees. Attendance is free to registered NASPAA Annual Conference attendees. The day is designed to provide tools to be successful in mission-driven, outcomes-oriented, evidence-based strategic program management.
Logo for the 2021 Accreditation Institute with logo for the University of North Texas (UNT) sponsor.

 2021 Accreditation Institute 

When is it?

The 2021 Accreditation Institute will be held October 27, 2021 part of the NASPAA Workshop Series offered as part of the NASPAA Annual Conference. The Accreditation Institute is free with the NASPAA Annual Conference registration.

Where is it?

The 2021 Accreditation Institute will be held online. For additional details on conference logistics, please visit the NASPAA Annual Conference webpage.

Who should attend?

Programs seeking (re)accreditation in the short-term – programs in the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 accreditation review cohorts – are especially encouraged to register for the Accreditation Institute when registering for the conference.

Programs interested in seeking accreditation for the first time.

Program heads and faculty new to currently accredited programs are welcome to join colleagues to learn about accreditation!

Anyone interested in learning more about NASPAA accreditation.

What will I learn?

The 2021 Accreditation Institute will use audio-visual presentations and facilitated instruction to provide an orientation to each of the seven NASPAA Accreditation Standards, including maintaining the program mission, sustainable assessment, tools for programs seeking (re)accreditation, and program best practices. The training is focused on the elements of managing a program strategically: mission-driven, outcomes-oriented, evidence-based.

The 2021 Accreditation Institute is a full day webinar comprised of four sessions of about 1.5 hours each. Each session is unique and freestanding but covers important aspects of the accreditation process and tools to help programs formatively use the NASPAA Accreditation Standards to carry out their public service missions. To get the most out of the Accreditation Institute, participation of registered attendees in all four sessions is strongly suggested.

Sessions will include an overview of the benefits of NASPAA accreditation, the accreditation cycle, and detailed discussions on the NASPAA Accreditation Standards.

What is the schedule?

The 2021 Accreditation Institute will be held online on October 27, 2021 beginning at 10:00AM Eastern US Time).

10:00AM to 11:15AM   Session 1: NASPAA Accreditation: Strategic Program Management

11:30AM to 1:00PM     Session 2: Setting the Stage: Mission, Values, and Outcomes

2:00PM to 3:15PM     Session 3: Addressing Fundamentals: Governance and Operations

3:30PM to 5:00PM    Session 4: Closing the Loop: Competencies and Transparency

Do I have to prepare?

It could help to prepare! Familiarity with the NASPAA Accreditation Standards is a key to getting the most out of the Accreditation Institute. A series of videos, available here, give participants the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the NASPAA Accreditation Standards ahead of the Institute.  General familiarity with the NASPAA Accreditation Standards will help attendees focus on hands-on learning, applying the concepts and tools needed to prepare a comprehensive Self-Study Report.

2020 Accreditation Institute Slides

Click below to view PowerPoint slides from the 2020 Accreditation Institute. If you attended the 2020 Accreditation Institute it is a great way to review what you learned. If you did not attend in 2020 the slides provide an overview of the content to supplement your learning for the 2021 Accreditation Institute:

  1. 2020 AI Part 1-Holistic Strategic Management
  2. 2020 AI Part 2-Program Evaluation
  3. 2020 AI Part 3-Student Learning Assessment
  4. 2020 AI Part 4-The Accreditation Review Process