Accreditation Institute

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

The 2019 Accreditation Institute will be held October 16, 2019  – one day before the official start of the NASPAA Annual Conference. The Institute and/or Site Visitor Training are free with your NASPAA Conference registration.

Where is it?

The 2019 NASPAA Annual Conference will be held at the in Los Angeles, California, USA. For additional details on the hotel and conference logistics, please visit the NASPAA Annual Conference site.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in learning more about NASPAA Accreditation is encouraged to attend. Programs seeking (re)accreditation in the short-term – programs in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 cohorts – are especially encouraged to register for the 2019 Institute. It is 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 is 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 2019 Institute will use 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 is 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!

2019 handouts and slides.

What is the schedule?

The Accreditation Institute runs all day, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. 6 sessions – some concurrent – run about one hour long, focusing on mission-driven assessment and strategic program management. For an idea of what the day holds, refer to the 2019 full schedule, here!

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 will also solicit questions ahead of the Institute, to give participants the chance to shape content. Then, on October 16, the Institute trainers will hit the ground running, expecting every participant to have watched and reviewed the video modules before joining your colleagues in Los Angeles. 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 each year to accredited programs currently in their self-study year. For 2019, those programs seeking reaccreditation in the 2020-21 cohort will be offered a one-on-one session with an accreditation expert during the Conference. 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!

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