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.  
When was the 2021 Accreditation Institute?

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

When is the 2022 Accreditation Institute?

The 2022 Accreditation Institute will be the day before the 2022 NASPAA Annual Conference, on October 19, 2022

2022 Accreditation Institute Facilitator(s) Request for Proposals

The Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) is issuing an RFP seeking consultant(s) to present in-person educational sessions for academic program directors and faculty seeking to learn about accreditation for masters-level public service degrees. The Commission seeks consultants to design and facilitate four (4) online sessions of 1.5 hours each and a 1-hour site visitor orientation. The intended audience for the AI is programs that will seek to become (re)accredited within the next two years (through 2024). The intended audience for the site visitor orientation is individuals seeking initial or renewal required site visitor training needed to participate as academicians or practitioners on future site visit teams. The due date for consultant proposals is May 13, 2022. Proposal submissions and inquiries should be sent to copra@naspaa.org.

Can I see the recordings of the 2021 AI sessions?

PowerPoint presentations and videos from the 2021 Accreditation Institute can be viewed at the bottom of this page. 

Who should attend the next Accreditation Institute in October 2022?

Programs seeking (re)accreditation in the short-term 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 accreditation cohorts and programs that have applied for or are considering applying for accreditation eligibility are especially encouraged to register for the 2022 Accreditation Institute when registering for the 2022 NASPAA Conference. Who else should attend? Program heads and faculty who are new to currently accredited programs and anyone else interested in learning more about NASPAA accreditation should attend!

What was the focus of the 2021 Accreditation Institute?

The 2021 Accreditation Institute used 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 was focused on the elements of managing a program strategically: mission-driven, outcomes-oriented, evidence-based.

The 2021 Accreditation Institute was a full day webinar comprised of four sessions of about 1.5 hours each. Each session was unique and freestanding, and covered important aspects of the accreditation process and tools to help programs formatively use the NASPAA Accreditation Standards to carry out their public service missions. 

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

What Did Participants Think of the 2021 NASPAA Accreditation Institute?
  • Over 98% of participants agreed that the AI provided tools to use in developing an accreditation self-study report.
  • 86% of participants strongly agreed that the AI provided clear information about the NASPAA Accreditation Standards.
  • Over 76% strongly agreed that they would recommend the NASPAA Accreditation Institute to a colleague from their own or another program. [Source: 2021 Post-Accreditation Feedback Survey, n=50]
What other resources are available on NASPAA Accreditation?

Familiarity with the NASPAA Accreditation Standards is a key to understanding NASPAA Accreditation. A series of videos, available here, can give you the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the NASPAA Accreditation Standards ahead of the 2022 Accreditation Institute.  General familiarity with the NASPAA Accreditation Standards is the basis for preparing a comprehensive Self-Study Report.

2021 Accreditation Institute Videos

Click below to view the videos from the 2021 Accreditation Institute. If you attended the 2021 Accreditation Institute it is a great way to review what you learned. If you did not attend in 2021, the slides provide an overview of the content to supplement your learning about NASPAA Accreditation. Please consider joining us for the 2022 Accreditation Institute!

  1. 2021 AI Session 1: NASPAA Accreditation: Strategic Program Management
  2. 2021 AI Session 2: Setting the Stage-Standard 1, Mission, Values, and Outcomes
  3. 2021 AI Session 3: Addressing the Fundamentals-Standards 2, 3, 4, Governance and Operations
  4. 2021 AI Session 4: Closing the Loop-Standards 5, 6, 7, Competencies and Transparency
2021 Accreditation Institute Slides

Click below to view PowerPoint slides from the 2021 Accreditation Institute. If you attended the 2021 Accreditation Institute it is a great way to review what you learned. If you did not attend in 2021, the slides provide an overview of the content to supplement your learning about NASPAA Accreditation. Please consider joining us for the 2022 Accreditation Institute!

  1. 2021 AI Session 1: NASPAA Accreditation: Strategic Program Management
  2. 2021 AI Session 2: Setting the Stage-Standard 1, Mission, Values, and Outcomes
  3. 2021 AI Session 3: Addressing the Fundamentals-Standards 2, 3, 4, Governance and Operations
  4. 2021 AI Session 4: Closing the Loop-Standards 5, 6, 7, Competencies and Transparency