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Los Angeles, California

Archived Regional Workshop Resources

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In collaboration with the Inter-American Network of Public Administration Education (INPAE), NASPAA was pleased to host a Strategic Planning Workshop for Academic Programs. The workshop was part of a series of events sponsored by NASPAA the XIV INPAE Annual Conference in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico taking place May 15-18, 2018.

Faculty and program administrators representing 21 higher education institutions from seven countries were in attendance, showing a strong interest in the topics covered by the workshop, which included program evaluation, student learning assessment, effective pedagogies and collective decision-making (presentation available here).

The workshop was delivered by long-time NASPAA volunteers and accreditation experts:

  • Josefina Bruni Celli (Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, IESA) explored case studies and simulations.
  • Rex Facer (Brigham Young University) discussed curriculum mapping and service learning.
  • Palmira Ríos (Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras), current Vice President of NASPAA, provided an overview of internships and the methods for involving faculty and administrators in decision making processes.
  • Nadia Rubaii (Binghamton University) presented on mission development as well as on e-Portfolios and SWIF cases.

These experts also developed and participated in two NASPAA panels at the conference. The first one focused on understanding the definitions of diversity coming out of Latin America. Speakers also included faculty from the National University of Chile, the National University of Colombia, and University of Guadalajara (presentations available here). The second panel covered lessons learned in student learning assessment by the three programs in Latin America that have gone through the NASPAA accreditation process: University of Puerto Rico, IESA, and University of Los Andes (presentations available here).

On the final day of the conference, NASPAA and INPAE got to further strengthen their partnership by renewing a memorandum of understanding for collaboration. The relationship between NASPAA and INPAE has been dedicated to the promotion of high quality public service education and to enhancing the capacity of public service professionals in the Americas. The signing of the MOU reiterates the commitment of both organizations to continue working towards this goal.

These events support both NASPAA’s efforts to establish a global standard in the field of international public service education and INPAE’s commitment to improve the quality of public affairs and administration programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Special thanks to INPAE leadership for incorporating NASPAA activities into their annual conference and hosting us!

INPAE Annual Conference slides

Together with Renmin University of China, NASPAA was pleased to host the Conference on Global Quality and Innovative Pedagogy on April 6-7, 2018 in Beijing, China. The two-day global event included conversations on accreditation planning, strategic management, and in-depth discussions of innovative pedagogical strategies for public administration programs in and around China.

Representatives from public policy and affairs programs in China and Vietnam attended the Accreditation and Strategic Planning Workshop on April 6. The workshop was facilitated by Yi Lu (John Jay College, CUNY) and David Campbell (Binghamton University), who led discussions on topics covering public service values, program mission, diversity and inclusion, program evaluation and student learning assessment, and program governance. (The workshop slides and handouts are available for all!)

On April 7, over 60 faculty members and program administrators from across the region participated in the Innovative Pedagogy Conference, discussing research and best practice in pedagogy of public administration programs. Four experts joined participants to discuss simulations and applied training, cases, and online teaching:

  • David Andersen (University at Albany, SUNY) explored simulation-based learning in the classroom (handout available here).
  • Song Jinsong (Chinese Academy of Governance) discussed trainings in emergency management.
  • William Rivenbark (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) provided an overview of online education in public affairs.
  • Huang Jinsong (Beihang University) presented on case studies and integrating them into curriculum.

To read more about the conference, please visit Renmin’s recap.: 

And, a special thanks to Renmin Univeristy of China, Kaifeng Yang, the Dean of School of Public administration and Policy and his dedicated team in particular, for cohosting the conference!


NASPAA Accreditation Workshop at Renmin University of China

For slides and training materials from Accreditation Institutes held at the NASPAA Annual Conference, please click here.