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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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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October 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: Slides and handouts from NASPAA’s 2017 Accreditation Institute.
  • Kapucu, Naim & Christopher Koliba. (2017). Using Competency-based Portfolios as a Pedagogical Tool and Assessment Strategy in MPA ProgramsThe Journal of Public Affairs Education. – “Based on review of the literature on the use of portfolios in professional degree programs and a case study of two MPA programs, this article seeks to deepen our understanding of the  ortfolio as an effective pedagogical tool and assessment strategy, and it offers conclusions about best practices in using portfolios.”

Join the NASPAA Team!

NASPAA and COPRA are  seeking a full-time, professional staff member! The individual taking this position will help shape the future of NASPAA Accreditation and quality assurance processes, and will be a vital member of our ten person staff. This is an exciting opportunity for someone motivated by public service values and interested in building skills in cultural competency, strategic program management, and accountability in a global nonprofit setting. The Associate, Global Accreditation will be deeply involved in promoting continuous quality improvement, accreditation management, and the development of NASPAA’s global network.

For more information, including qualifications and directions to submit a letter of interest and resume, please see the complete announcement.

2015-16 Annual Accreditation Data Report Released!

COPRA is pleased to release its sixth Annual Accreditation Data Report! The 2015-16 Report provides increased insight into the public affairs field, and the faculty, students, and alumni of our accredited programs. Thank you to each NASPAA-accredited program for providing the data featured in the report.

 

Attending the 2017 Accreditation Institute?

Please find below our materials for October 11! All handouts and exercises will be provided day-of.

Slides for Sessions 1ABC, 2A, 3A, 4AB, 5AB, 6ABC

Slides for Sessions 2BC, 3A, 4C, 5C

Site Visitor Training Handouts and Case

Handouts and Exercises

Session 1ABC Outline

September 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.

Meet Dana Harsell, new COPRA member!

Dana Michael Harsell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and MPA Director

University of North Dakota

Dana Michael Harsell is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master in Public Administration Program in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Dakota. He teaches courses in state and local government, public administration, the presidency and a course on the intersection of business and government. Dr. Harsell holds a BA in political science and psychology and an MA in political science, both from the University of Montana, and a PhD in political science from Syracuse University.

Dana’s research interests include public management and performance, public service provision, and arts and culture policy. Harsell is a co-editor of Governing North Dakota and was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts, Artworks: Research grant to study how changes in levels of state legislative appropriations for state arts agencies influence appropriation levels in bordering states.

Harsell has accrued an extensive list of service experience, including Director of Government for the North Dakota Girls State program and the board of executive directors (three years as president) for the North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC). During the 2016-2017 academic year, he served as the University Senate Chair and Co-Chaired the university-wide strategic planning initiative.

 

 

 

Meet Josefina Brunicelli, new COPRA member!

Josefina Brunicelli
Profesor de Planta
Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración

Josefina Bruni Celli is Ph.D Public Administration, New York University (2001); MBA with concentration in Public Services and Public Enterprises, IESA (1988); B.A, Political Science Yale University (1983). As full professor and coordinator of the Centre for Public Policy and the Master in Public Management in Venezuela’s Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA), Dr. Bruni Celli teaches various classes in business and public policy including Evaluation and Design of Public Policy, Enterprise State and Society, Corporate Responsibility, and Transparency and Integrity for Public Management. Together with other professors of IESA, Dr. Bruni Celli is a member of Social Enterprise Knowledge Network (SEKN). The majority of her research on the social enterprise has been published by publishers outside of Venezuela including Harvard Business School. Dr. Bruni Celli also a member of the Directive Council of INPAE (Inter-American Network of Public Administration Education), member of the Executive Council of NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affair, and Administration), and member of the Editorial Council of the CLADEA (Latin American Council of Schools of Administration) Case Clearing House. Her present line of research is in the area of collaborative governance and citizen participation in public administration.

Meet Kathrene Hansen Kin, new COPRA member!

Kathrene Hansen Kin
Executive Director
Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board

President Kennedy established Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) in 1961 to strengthen the management and administration of Federal activities and improve intergovernmental coordination at the local level.  There are 28 FEBs nationwide; the Los Angeles Federal Community is one of the largest in the United States with more than 275 separate agencies employing over 125,000 Federal employees.

With over 22 years in this position, Ms. Hansen Kin has a unique perspective of the Federal Government throughout Southern California and extensive contacts with State, Local and Community organizations as well.  The FEB has a rich history of providing services to Federal agencies and influencing others to work together throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.  She interacts with a number numerous colleges and universities to encourage student to consider the Federal Government as a career.   She has in the past and currently serves on numerous Masters of Public Administration Advisory Boards and it was in this capacity she was recruited to be a NASPAA Site Visitor a role she has performed for many years.  Ms. Hansen Kin also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Internship and Work Experience Association.

Prior to joining the FEB staff in October 1995, Kathrene spent 10+ years with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in positions of increasing responsibility in Clarksburg, WV, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.   Throughout her career, Ms. Hansen has received numerous awards for her consistently outstanding performance and has been recognized by numerous community organizations.

Her career also includes assignments with the Lieutenant Governor for the State of Idaho and the U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which provide additional perspectives of the role of Government.  She received her Masters in Public Administration from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Idaho State University.  Publications include the development of a Dispute Resolution in the Public Sector Publication/Curriculum and an article in The Public Manager titled:  Anxiety In the Workplace: Post September 11, 2001.

Meet Bill Rivenbark, new COPRA member!

 

William C. Rivenbark
Professor of Public Administration and Government
MPA Program Director
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Bill Rivenbark joined the School of Government (then the Institute of Government) in 1999. Prior to that, he worked for the city of Greenville, South Carolina, in various management positions. His research at the School of Government primarily involves performance and financial management in local government and has appeared in Public Administration ReviewGovernment Finance ReviewJournal of Government Financial ManagementJournal of Public Affairs EducationJournal of Public BudgetingAccounting & Financial ManagementPopular GovernmentPublic Administration QuarterlyPublic Finance ReviewPublic Performance & Management Review, and State and Local Government Review. He also is coauthor of Performance Budgeting for State and Local Government (M.E. Sharpe, 2003). He helped to develop the County and Municipal Fiscal Analysis tool, a web-based dashboard designed to help North Carolina local governments analyze their fiscal condition. He was named director of the MPA program at the School of Government in 2011. Rivenbark earned a BS from Auburn University, an MPA from Auburn University at Montgomery, and a PhD from Mississippi State University.