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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Meet Verna Smith, new COPRA member!

VernaVerna Smith, Ph.D.
Director, Master’s Programmes
Victoria University of Wellington

Verna Smith is Director of the Master’s Programmes and Senior Lecturer in Public Policy for the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. She has qualifications in sociology, politics and public policy. Her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington focused on a comparative longitudinal study of pay-for-performance policymaking in primary health care in New Zealand and England, applying and assessing the utility of Kingdon’s Multiple Stream Framework. Her current research interests are theories of public policymaking in Westminster majoritarian systems; comparative heath systems analysis; indigenous policymaking processes and accountability frameworks in public services purchasing.

NASPAA at ARNOVA 2018 in Austin

Join us at the 2018 Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action Conference on November 15 for a NASPAA Standards Colloquium.

The conversation will be led by Dr. Chandler Stolp of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin:

Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Place: Hilton Austin Hotel, Salon D — 500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX

For questions about this event please contact Martha Bohrt.

ARNOVA Colloquium

Join Us! Standards Colloquium in Atlanta

Join us at the 2018 NASPAA Annual Conference Conference on October 12 for a Standards Colloquium!

As the global accreditor of public service graduate degrees, NASPAA is committed to ensuring the standard of quality set forth by the field is rigorous and globally accessible. As we embark on another decade of quality assurance, NASPAA has launched a series of Standards Colloquia to reflect on the ongoing relevance of the Standards. Our question: How have our accreditation standards held up?

The conversation will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will take place at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, GA: 210 Peachtree St. NW


Meet Shawn Flanigan, new COPRA member!

Shawn Flanigan, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Public Affairs
San Diego State University

Shawn Flanigan is a Professor of Public Affairs. She received her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from the University at Albany, after receiving her Master of Public Administration and B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Flanigan’s research focuses on ways in which the health and human service needs of vulnerable populations are addressed by state and non-state actors. Her teaching focuses on supporting students and community stakeholders to engage in effective program design, policy development, and advocacy for more just and equitable communities. Dr. Flanigan has conducted field research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Romania, Sri Lanka, and the United States. In addition to working for state government agencies in New Mexico and New York, Dr. Flanigan has provided technical assistance and/or policy recommendations to nonprofit organizations, local government agencies in California, the National Intelligence Council, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, and the White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, among others.

2018-19 Roster of Accredited Programs Released!

The Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) is pleased to release the 2018-19 Roster of Accredited Programs! The Roster, published annually, includes the actions made with regard to the 2017-18 cohort, including 6 programs achieving accreditation for the first time.

Please join COPRA in congratulating all programs on their hard work and commitment to public service education!

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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: 9:45 a.m.
Place: Johnson A, in the Hilton Baltimore hotel next to the Baltimore Convention Center

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.