NASPAA Code of Good Practice

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A program holding membership in NASPAA:

  • Pursues excellence and quality in its provision of public affairs education. 

  • Continuously operationalizes the commitment to public service among students, faculty, alumni, and other constituencies, and holds the profession of public service in the highest esteem.

  • Recognizes its responsibility to the community of public affairs institutions by participating in developmental activities to help other NASPAA schools and by providing enrollment and faculty data. 

  • Posts a link on the program’s website to the NASPAA web site discussion of quality in public affairs education:

  • Pursues diversity in student body, faculty, and curriculum.

  • Integrates ethics into the curriculum and all aspects of program operation, and expects students and faculty to exhibit the highest ethical standards in their teaching, research, and service.

  • Focuses on the preparation of students for professional careers in public service, emphasizing both the values and ethics of public service, and the development of professional skills and knowledge.

  • Recognizes the importance of contributions of students, faculty, alumni, and employers to improving the relevance and quality of the program. 

  • Uses student learning outcomes and other outcome measures to help improve program effectiveness.

  • Is committed to the holistic development of the individual student as a professional—including admission advisement; support of student learning, research, and service; summative learning experiences, and career placement and advisement. 

  • Offers a multi-disciplinary curriculum that includes coverage of management, organization, policy, human resources, political institutions, economics, quantitative methods, and IT management.

  • Honestly represents the meaning of NASPAA membership without implying accreditation.