Recap: Strategic Planning Workshop for Academic Programs (Taller de Planificación Estratégica para Programas Académicos)

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!


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Canada and U.S. schools are encouraged to consider INPAE membership. The Spanish version of this article can be found here.

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