Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation

2016-17 Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation

NASPAA’s Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) is the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)-recognized accreditation body for graduate degree programs in public policy, administration, and affairs, globally. 

COPRA consists of 14 members, 13 of which are academic professionals and one who is a current practitioner. Its regularly rotating membership consists of individuals with overlapping three-year terms. COPRA meets twice annually to discuss accreditation decisions and policies.

2017-18 Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation Members

Chairperson: Jeffrey Osgood
NASPAA Liaison: Crystal Calarusse

Laura Bloomberg
Dean
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
bloom004@umn.edu

Josefina BruniCelli
Professor de Planta
Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración
jbruni@iesa.edu.ve

David Campbell
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Public Administration
Binghamton University
dcamp@binghamton.edu

Dana Michael Harsell
Associate Professor and MPA Director
University of North Dakota
dharsell@business.und.edu

Maja Holmes
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Public Administration
West Virginia University
Maja.Holmes@mail.wvu.edu

Kathrene Hansen Kin
Executive Director
Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board
Kathrene.Hansen@dhs.gov

Thomas Longoria
Professor and Director of the Center for Policy, Research, and Training
Department of Political Science
Texas State University
tl28@txstate.edu

 
MENG Bo
Associate Dean
Office of International Cooperation and Exchange
Tsinghua University
bomeng@tsinghua.edu.cn

Peter Ngwafu
Director, Master of Public Administration Program
Albany State University
peter.ngwafu@asurams.edu

Jeffrey Osgood
Vice Provost
Dean (interim), College of Business and Public Management
West Chester University
JOsgood@wcupa.edu

William Rivenbark
Professor and MPA Director
School of Government
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
rivenbark@sog.unc.edu

Christine Rush
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Mississippi State University
crush@pspa.msstate.edu

Ja-Eun Shin
Professor and MPP Program Chair
KDI School of Public Policy and Management
jshin@kdischool.ac.kr

Craig Thomas
Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
University of Washington
thomasc@u.washington.edu


Eligibility Committee Members

The Eligibility Committee, a three-person committee, reviews Eligibility Applications and makes recommendations to the Commission regarding the fitness of programs for the self-study process. 

NASPAA Liaison: Crystal Calarusse

Jo Ann Ewalt
Professor
Department of Political Science
College of Charleston

Jared Llorens
Director
Public Administration Institute
Louisiana State University

Thomas Longoria*
Professor
Department of Political Science
Texas State University

*COPRA representative     

Standards Committee Members 

As per NASPAA’s Bylaws, the NASPAA Standards Committee “shall develop and maintain appropriate standards for masters programs in public affairs and administration.”  

Chandler Stolp, Chair
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

The University of Texas at Austin

Greg Bielawski
Retired, City Manager
ICMA

Shahjahan Bhuiyan
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies & Administration
School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
The American University in Cairo

Gloria Billingsley
MPPA Program Director

Jackson State University

Jonathan Breul
Adjunct Professor

Georgetown University

Renee Irvin
Associate Department Head

University of Oregon

John Kiefer
Director, MPA Program

University of New Orleans

Kwon Jung
Associate Dean for Academics
The KDI School

Greg Lindsey
Professor

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota

William Powers
Executive Dean

School of Public Policy
University of Maryland, College Park

Christopher Reddick
Department Chair

The University of Texas at San Antonio