The 2014 NASPAA Annual Business meeting will take place Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 5 pm in the Grand Pavilion, at the NASPAA Conference in Albuquerque, NM. The agenda includes a vote of accredited programs on a proposed change to the NASPAA Accreditation Standards: Primary Focus, intended to demonstrate flexibility with degree titles to ensure the highest-quality public service programs from around the globe are accreditable:
The underlined italics indicate an addition to the current standards language:
NASPAA Precondition #3: Primary Focus
The degree program’s primary focus shall be that of preparing students to be leaders, managers, and analysts in the professions of public affairs, public administration, and public policy and only master’s degree programs engaged in educating and training professionals for the aforementioned professions are eligible for accreditation. Variations in nomenclature regarding degree title are typical in the field of public service education. Related degrees in policy and management are eligible to apply, provided they can meet the accreditation standards, including advancing public service values and competencies. Specifically excluded are programs with a primary mission other than that of educating professionals in public affairs, administration, and policy (for example, programs in which public affairs, administration, and policy are majors or specializations available to students pursuing a degree in a related field).
For more information, please refer to the Memorandum from NASPAA President Ethel Williams.