2012-13 Accreditation Data Report Released!

COPRA is pleased to announce the release of its Annual Accreditation Data Report! The 2012-13 Report provides increased insight into our field, and the faculty, students, and alumni of our accredited programs. Thank you to each NASPAA-accredited program for providing the data in the report.

In the three years NASPAA has published this report, we have continued to move forward with robust data collection. With each additional year of data, we are able to tell more of your story and to show the strengths of our programs, students, faculty, and alumni.

Find out what we’ve learned, including interactive graphs, here!

Updated Site Visit Manual Released!

COPRA is pleased to release the updated NASPAA Site Visit Manual, the comprehensive guide to site visits for both programs and site visitors. COPRA, using the feedback from focus groups, site visitor surveys, and external expert site visitors, incorporated changes into the site visit manual with the goal of more explicitly explaining the role of the site visitor and providing additional guidance to visitors and programs.

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NASPAA Seeking Fall 2014 Intern!

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Are you a graduate student passionate about higher education and public service? NASPAA has an exciting Fall 2014 internship opportunity, ideal for a graduate student interested in higher education leadership, program assessment, international education, or nonprofit management.

Primary responsibilities are expected to include, depending on qualifications and interest:

• Researching and writing a report on the state of outcomes assessment at NASPAA-accredited schools, including how programs are measuring learning and impact.
• Supporting NASPAA’s efforts to assess quality outside of the United States, including researching quality assurance in different regions and helping to support peer review visits globally.

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

For more information, please refer to the internship announcement.

Welcome to the new Website!


On behalf of my COPRA colleagues, welcome to the newly redesigned NASPAA Accreditation Website! COPRA remains committed to ensuring that programs have the guidance and resources needed to succeed in accreditation, and we have rebuilt our website to make it easier for you to find and share resources.stolp COPRA is the cornerstone of the rigorous, peer review process that has been the foundation of NASPAA Accreditation for almost 40 years. The NASPAA Accreditation Standards are the quality benchmark used by graduate public service programs around the world. Accredited programs contribute to the knowledge, research, and practice of public service, establish observable goals and outcomes, and use information about their performance to guide program improvement. They practice truth in advertising and ensure their students achieve learning objectives in five domains essential to public service.

With the redesigned website, we have focused not only on improving accessibility through easy to navigate menus, but also on bolstering the resources for new programs, program directors, and site visitors. To learn more, see the details below.

Thank you for visiting! If you have questions or feedback, I look forward to hearing from you at copra@naspaa.org.

Chandler Stolp, Chair
Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation

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2014-15 Roster of Accredited Programs Released!

The Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) is pleased to release the 2014-15 Roster of Accredited Programs! The Roster, published annually, includes 31 reaccredited programs and 5 programs achieving accreditation for the first time. The newly-accredited programs include The KDI School of Public Policy and Management Master of Public Policy, the second non-US  program to receive NASPAA accreditation. Congratulations to all programs on your hard work and commitment to public service education!

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2014 NASPAA Accreditation Institute & Conference

Interested in NASPAA Accreditation? Is your program’s Self-Study Report due soon?

Start planning now and register today!

The 2014 Accreditation Institute, hosted by COPRA at the NASPAA Annual Conference, will feature a new, comprehensive, professionally-designed, one-day schedule, based around a flipped classroom. Mark November 4, 2014 on your calendars now if you plan to attend.* Check the Accreditation Institute page for more details!

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NASPAA Site Visitor Training: September 15, 2014

We are always looking for new site visitors! Our next training will be held at the 100th ICMA Annual Conference in Charlotte/Mecklenburg, North Carolina on September 15, 2014 at 9:30am in the Westin Tryon in the Charlotte Convention Center. The training session will touch on logistics of the site visit process, as well as the NASPAA Accreditation Standards. If you are interested in attending our training session, RSVP to gregory@naspaa.org and be sure to watch our training videos prior to the conference!

Questions? Contact Heather Gregory at gregory@naspaa.org.


2015-16 Cohort: Upcoming Deadlines

While the 2014-15 cohort has just submitted Self-Study Reports, the 2015-16 cohort is hard at work on theirs!

For programs in the 2015-2016 cohort, welcome to your Self-Study Year: Fall 2014 through Summer 2015. It is not too early to begin thinking about  your approach to the Self-Study Report, due August 15, 2015, in the NASPAA Data Center.

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NASPAA Accredits 2nd non-US Program

The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration announced the accreditation of the Master of Public Policy program at the Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management. This is the first graduate degree in Korea and second outside of the United States to be accredited by NASPAA’s Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation.  For more information, please click here.