New! 2017 Self-Study Instructions

COPRA is pleased to distribute the annual updates to the Self-Study Instructions for NASPAA Accreditation. The 2017 revisions reflect the work of the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) working to improve the value of program data collection, specifically with regard to diversity and complexities.

You can view the updated Self-Study Instructions here. The complete list of changes can be found here.

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RECAP: NASPAA Site Visitor Training at Virginia Commonwealth University

The Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) hosted NASPAA for a Site Visitor Training on August 3, 2018. This partnership was initiated by Dr. Susan Gooden, Interim Dean of the Wilder School and former COPRA member and Site Visit Chair.

Close to twenty VCU alumni and faculty gathered to learn about the important role of site visitors in the NASPAA accreditation process. Participants came from varied fields — including federal and state government and nonprofit management — and areas of expertise, ranging from emergency management to urban planning and criminal justice. During the half-day training, attendees engaged in lively discussion and left ready to serve as NASPAA site visitors.

 

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Consistently the most valued portion of the process, site visits not only provide COPRA with additional evidence of conformance to field-wide Standards but give site visitors the opportunity to support the development of public servants, network with new colleagues, share field-based experiences, and invest in the field of public service.

We thank the Wilder community and all attendees for their commitment to investing in the next generation of public service professionals!

Two NASPAA Standards Colloquia in September!

As part of the decennial review of its Accreditation Standards, NASPAA is engaging stakeholders around the globe to answer the question: How have our accreditation standards held up? Join NASPAA to discuss the Accreditation Standards and explore ways to ensure they remain relevant and continue to fully comprehend the diverse ambitions of our accredited programs, graduates, and employers.

Join us at the 2018 Southeastern Conference for Public Administration in Birmingham!
The discussion will be led by Dr. Christine Rush, Mississippi State University
Date: Saturday, September 22
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Sheraton Downtown Birmingham – 2101 Richard Arrington Blvd.

Join us at the 2018 International City Managers Association Annual Conference in Baltimore!
Date: Monday, September 24
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: Baltimore Convention Center – 1 W. Pratt St.

NASPAA Accredits 6 New Degrees

The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) announced today that its Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) has accredited six new programs:

  • KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Master of Public Management (South Korea)
  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Master of Public Administration (China)
  • The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Master of Public Administration (USA)
  • Universidad de los Andes, Master of Public Policy (Colombia)
  • University of Central Florida, Master of Nonprofit Management (USA)
  • University of Massachusetts Boston, Master of Public Administration (USA)

Please join COPRA in congratulating these programs on earning accreditation!

The full list of 2017-18 accreditation actions and the 2018-19 Roster of Accredited Programs will be available September 1, 2018.

To read the full press release, please click here.

Accreditation Policies and Procedures: Updated!

On July 3, 2018, the Commission approved revisions to the Peer Review and Accreditation Policies and Procedures. These changes include clarifications to site visit team conflicts of interest, a cap on rolled-over self-study review fees, guidelines for English language disclosures, and clarifications regarding site visit scheduling (virtual and otherwise), and policies for site visit delays.

To read the updated Policies and Procedures, click here.

Resumen: NASPAA en México

NASPAA, en colaboración con la Red Interamericana de Educación en Administración Pública (INPAE, por sus siglas en inglés), organizó un taller de Planificación Estratégica para Programas Académicos em México. El taller formó parte de una serie de actividades patrocinadas por NASPAA en la XIV Conferencia Anual Red INPAE que se llevó a cabo del 15 al 18 de mayo de 2018 en Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Este taller contó con la presencia de docentes y administradores de más de 20 instituciones académicas de siete países de América Latina y el Caribe, demostrando el gran interés que existe en los temas presentados durante el evento: misión programática, evaluación de programas, pedagogías efectivas, y la importancia de los estándares en el aseguramiento de calidad programática (puede acceder a la presentación aquí).

El grupo de facilitadores de este taller se conformó de expertos en las áreas de excelencia académica y acreditación de NASPAA:

  • Josefina Bruni Celli (Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración- IESA) presentó en los temas de casos docentes y simulaciones estudiantiles.
  • Rex Facer (Brigham Young University) expuso sobre mapas curriculares y el aprendizaje en servicio.
  • Palmira Ríos (Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras y actual Vicepresidenta de NASPAA) ofreció una visión general sobre las pasantías, internados y prácticas supervisadas.
  • Nadia Rubaii (Binghamton University) proporcionó información sobre los ePortafolios, los casos SWIF y sobre el desarrollo de la misión programática.

Nuestros expertos también organizaron dos paneles durante la conferencia. Uno de los paneles, titulado Entendimiento y la Definición de la Diversidad: Perspectivas desde América Latina, dio la oportunidad a investigadores de Chile, Colombia, México y Puerto Rico de exponer sobre temas de diversidad. El segundo panel, titulado Evaluación del Aprendizaje en los Estudiantes: Lecciones desde tres programas académicos de América Latina, fue liderado por los tres programas de maestría en administración pública de la región que han pasado por el proceso de acreditación de NASPAA: el de la Universidad de los Andes en Colombia, el de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras y el de IESA en Venezuela (las diapositivas para ambos paneles están disponibles aquí).

En el último día de la conferencia, NASPAA e INPAE reiteraron su compromiso a seguir cooperando mediante la firma de un memorando de entendimiento entre las dos organizaciones. Las actividades de colaboración entre NASPAA e INPAE están dedicadas a la promoción de la educación en servicio público de alta calidad, así como a la mejora de la capacitación de servidores públicos en las Américas. La firma del memorando recalca la responsabilidad asumida por NASPAA e INPAE de seguir trabajando para lograr estos objetivos.

Los eventos llevados a cabo durante la XIV Conferencia Anual Red INPAE apoyan los esfuerzos de NASPAA para establecer un estándar global en el campo de la educación en servicio público, al igual que el compromiso de INPAE de mejorar la calidad de los programas académicos en administración y políticas públicas en América Latina y el Caribe.

Agradecemos a nuestros colegas de INPAE por abrirnos estos espacios durante su conferencia anual y por ser tan amables anfitriones.

 

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Invitamos a nuestros colegas en Estado Unidos y Canadá a considerar unirse a la creciente lista de miembros de INPAE.

Para más información sobre NASPAA, visite nuestra página web. Para información sobre nuestra conferencia anual, visite la página de la conferencia.

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.

To learn more about NASPAA, visit our website. To learn about the upcoming NASPAA annual conference, visit the Conference website.

May 2018 Monthly Roundup

Looking to expand your knowledge related to accreditation, higher education, program management, or performance management? Every month, we share a short list of articles or resources from around the web that may be interesting and valuable to NASPAA-accredited programs.

NASPAA at SELC 2018 in New York City

Join us at the 2018 Social Equity Leadership Conference on June 13 for a NASPAA Standards Colloquium.

The conversation will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will take place at Baruch College:
Newman Vertical Campus
55 Lexington Avenue, 14-220, NYC

For questions about this event please contact Martha Bohrt.

Recap: Conference on Global Quality and Innovative Pedagogy (全球质量与创新教学会议)

Together with Renmin University of China, NASPAA was pleased to host the Conference on Global Quality and Innovative Pedagogy on April 6-7, 2018 in Beijing, China. The two-day global event included conversations on accreditation planning, strategic management, and in-depth discussions of innovative pedagogical strategies for public administration programs in and around China.

David Campbell

Representatives from public policy and affairs programs in China and Vietnam attended the Accreditation and Strategic Planning Workshop on April 6. The workshop was facilitated by Yi Lu (John Jay College, CUNY) and David Campbell (Binghamton University), who led discussions on topics covering public service values, program mission, diversity and inclusion, program evaluation and student learning assessment, and program governance. (The workshop slides and handouts are available for all!)

On April 7, over 60 faculty members and program administrators from across the region participated in the Innovative Pedagogy Conference, discussing research and best practice in pedagogy of public administration programs. Four experts joined participants to discuss simulations and applied training, cases, and online teaching:

  • David Andersen (University at Albany, SUNY) explored simulation-based learning in the classroom (handout available here).
  • Song Jinsong (Chinese Academy of Governance) discussed trainings in emergency management.
  • William Rivenbark (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) provided an overview of online education in public affairs.
  • Huang Jinsong (Beihang University) presented on case studies and integrating them into curriculum.

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To read more about the conference, please visit Renmin’s recap.: 

And, a special thanks to Renmin Univeristy of China, Kaifeng Yang, the Dean of School of Public administration and Policy and his dedicated team in particular, for cohosting the conference!

 

To learn more about NASPAA, visit our website.

To learn about NASPAA upcoming annual conference, visit the Conference website.

COPRA Seeks Consultants!

NASPAA’s Accreditation Institute will be held in a single day – October 10, 2018 – at the NASPAA Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The Commission seeks consultants to present a coherent and positive one-day experience for participants of the NASPAA conference. The consultants will also have the opportunity to consider how to revise or supplement, as needed, the delivery of the curriculum to accommodate the wide range of learners present at the Accreditation Institute, including learners seeking an elevated conversation around pursuing program quality.

For more information, please refer to the RFP, here