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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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. 

March 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.

  • On Solid Ground, Association of American Colleges and Universities – A new VALUE report describes its groundbreaking approach to assessing student learning showing it is possible to evaluate undergraduate students’ achievement without relying on standardized tests and by using existing material.
  • How Nonprofits Can Gain the Public’s Trust”The Chronicle of Philanthropy – Another look at a 2015 article, that seems especially relevant as NASPAA’s 2017 Conference seeks to explore trust in public and nonprofit institutions.
  • Connecting to Young Alumni”, The Chronicle of Higher Education – New strategies for targeting and engaging young alumni.

Join COPRA at the 2017 Accreditation Institute!

Is your program interested in seeking NASPAA Accreditation, or about to enter its self-study year? Are you a new program director of an accredited program? If so, join COPRA at the 2017 Accreditation Institute to explore the Standards and learn strategic program management tools to share with your faculty. 

WHEN:      OCTOBER 11, 2016
WHERE:    Washington, DC

 

 

Keep an eye out for registration information!

February 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: Winter 2016 issue of the Journal of Public Affairs Education – check out the articles highlighting local government competencies and rubrics in student learning assessment.

NASPAA Seeking Summer 2017 Interns!

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Are you a graduate student passionate about higher education and public service? NASPAA has two exciting internship opportunities, ideal for graduate students interested in higher education, program assessment, communications, and/or nonprofit management.

To learn more about the opportunities, refer to the announcements, below:

Please e-mail your letter of interest and resume to projectassistant1@naspaa.org, using the subject line “Application for Summer Policy Internship” or “Application for Summer Communications Internship”. A list of references will be required from candidates selected as finalists.

 

March Site Visitor Trainings: Join COPRA!

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COPRA will be hosting two site visitor trainings this March! If you plan to attend the 2017 COMPA and/or ASPA Annual Conferences in Atlanta, and are interested in volunteering as a site visitor or preparing for your program’s upcoming visit, please join us:

  • COMPA, Site Visitor Training: Friday, March 17, 2017, 1:45-3:15pm
  • ASPA, Site Visitor Training: Monday, March 20, 2017, 8:00-9:30am

To RSVP or find out more, email Hamilton@naspaa.org

January 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.