Official Standards & Policy
NASPAA Accreditation is guided by several official documents:
NASPAA Accreditation Standards - adopted in 2009, and amended in 2019, the set of Standards against which programs seeking accreditation are evaluated.
- Programs seeking accreditation in the 2021-2022 and later cohorts will be evaluated under the 2019 NASPAA Accreditation Standards, using the 2019 Self-Study Instructions, which include the template for Self-Study Reports, as well as resources for conforming to the Standards (Bases of Judgment, Glossary, Examples). Last updated December 2019.
Site Visit Manual – detailed information about Site Visits: what to expect and how to prepare for both site visitors and programs.
Peer Review and Accreditation Policies and Procedures – the official rules and processes guiding COPRA, site visit teams, and programs.
These documents are supplemented by:
COPRA Policy Statements – a window into the Commission’s decision-making, updated after each accreditation cohort. Last updated 2019.