COPRA Seeks Consultants to Design Educational Sessions

The Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) seeks consultants to present and/or design educational sessions for academic program directors seeking to learn about accreditation for public service education:

  • Project #1: Accreditation Institute 2015. The consultants should coordinate and deliver the presentations for the 2015 Accreditation Institute, with a curriculum based on the existing Accreditation Institute Facilitators’ Guide and the flipped classroom videos developed for NASPAA’s 2014 Institute. The consultants should work with COPRA, NASPAA staff, and NASPAA-accredited programs to ensure coverage related to emerging needs of programs seeking to undergo NASPAA Accreditation and/or seeking to improve their strategic and student learning assessment activities.
  • Project #2: Modular Session—Site Visitor Training. The consultants should design modular sessions for training academic and professional peer review site visitors, to be delivered at venues external to the NASPAA Conference. The consultants should review and assess existing site visitor training materials, with respect to the current needs of COPRA, programs, and site visit teams.  The consultant should design a short modular session, as well as supplementary materials necessary for preparation and completion of the course, utilizing existing resources when appropriate.  Attention to materials that can ultimately be used in an online format is desired.  The overall training experience should include communications and preparations that lead up to the training, the in-person (or online) session, a summative exercise, and follow-up materials.  The consultants should plan to deliver the training personally for at least one regional session, to test the effectiveness of the course and make necessary improvements. A final facilitator’s guide should be produced.
  • Project #3: Modular Session—Faculty Sessions. The consultants should assess the needs of programs seeking accreditation and propose modular sessions on topics of interest to faculty, delivered at venues external to the NASPAA Conference.  Examples of topics might be: an overview of NASPAA accreditation, conducting student learning assessment, or developing diversity plans. Attention to materials that can be transitioned to an online format is desired. The consultants should plan to deliver the training personally for at least one regional session, to test the effectiveness of the course and make necessary improvements. A final facilitator’s guide should be produced.

For more information please refer to the RFP, or contact Crystal Calarusse at copra@naspaa.org.

 

Updated 4/27/15