New! 2016 COPRA Policy Statement and 2016 Self-Study Instructions

COPRA is pleased to distribute the annual updates to the Self-Study Instructions for NASPAA Accreditation. The 2016 revisions reflect the work of NASPAA leadership and COPRA working together to improve the value of program data collection, as well as clarify how programs with varying mission-based foci can demonstrate conformance to the Standards and highlight program distinctiveness.

COPRA is also pleased to release the October 2016 Policy Statement, which is intended to build upon previous Policy Statements and provide a window into COPRA’s decision-making. The statement officially extends the current expectations regarding student learning assessment and Standard 5.1 to programs in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 cohorts and announces changes to the collection of student completion rates, which are reflected in the Self-Study Instructions.

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

You can view the Policy Statement here

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NASPAA Accredits 8 New Degrees Globally

The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) announced the accreditation of 8 programs from China, New Zealand, South Korea, the United States, and Venezuela on Tuesday. Newly accredited programs include:

  • Renmin University of China, Master of Public Administration
  • Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management, Master of Development Policy
  • Victoria University of Wellington, Master of Public Management
  • Victoria University of Wellington, Master of Public Policy
  • Georgia Southern University, Master of Public Administration
  • University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Master of Public Administration
  • DePaul University, Master of Public Policy
  • Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA), Master of Public Management
Please join COPRA in congratulating these programs on earning accreditation!

The full list of 2016-17 accreditation actions, and the 2017-18 Roster of Accredited Programs, will be available September 1, 2017.

To read the full press release, please click here.

 

Summer 2017 Updates: Policies & Resources

On July 7, 2017, COPRA approved updates to the Peer Review and Accreditation Policies and Procedures. The revisions incorporate timeline changes into COPRA’s policy for programs receiving deferrals in the accreditation review process, as well as the one-year reaccreditation process. To read the updated Policies and Procedures, click here.

The Commission also approved the addition of a new appendix to the Site Visit Manual. This Site Visitor Confirm and Clarify Guide is intended to help visitors (and programs) identify common considerations of the Standards, as a starting place for conversations on the site visit. To read the updated Site Visit Manual, click here; for only the Guide, click here.

June 2017 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.

COPRA Seeks Consultant!

The Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) seeks a consultant to prepare and train 5-6 newly-appointed Commissioners in August 2017. Using best practices in executive learning, the consultant should coordinate and deliver a case-study approach, ensuring coverage related to a wide variety of public affairs programs, as well as emerging trends of programs seeking NASPAA Accreditation. Attention should be paid to preparing Commissioners for how to approach the review of a self-study report, to seek evidence of conformance to the NASPAA Standards, and how to support programs and site visit teams participating in the review process.

Read the request for proposals here.

Thank you 2017 Site Visitors!

COPRA would like to thank each of the over 90 site visitors who volunteered to serve on NASPAA on-the-ground site visits this spring. Site Visitors visited over 30 programs based in 5 countries, representing over 75 different universities and public service organizations. Programs consistently report that site visits are the most valuable aspect of the accreditation review process – and this purely a reflection of the dedication, preparation, and thorough work of our volunteers each spring.

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May 2017 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.

ICYMI: the Spring 2017 volume of JPAE, which features articles on using cases to teach policy in developing countries and social entrepreneurship curricula.

April 2017 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.

Happy National Volunteer Week!

NASPAA Accreditation could not exist without the commitment of our Commissioners, site visitors, ad hoc task force members, Standards Committee members, trainers, and all of the volunteers that support our programs and advance public service education internationally.

Thank you!

Interested in exploring accreditation data for research?

Programs seeking accreditation provide NASPAA and COPRA with a plethora of data, describing students, faculty, competencies, and program evaluation. COPRA encourages researchers to explore these data and study the field at-large, emerging trends, and best practices. As such, it has approved new research guidelines to provide advice and transparency to those researchers seeking to explore data collected on behalf of the accreditation process. Note, much of the data provided by programs seeking (re)accreditation are available here. Programs also provide data through the annual data report and alumni survey, which are aggregated, here.

To learn more, or to submit a research proposal, refer to the guidelines, here!

COPRA Seeks Consultants!

NASPAA’s Accreditation Institute will be held in a single day – October 11, 2017 – at the NASPAA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. 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 here.