Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation

2017-18 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.

2018-19 Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation Members

Chairperson: Jeffery Osgood
NASPAA Liaison: Crystal Calarusse

Josefina BruniCelli
Professor de Planta
Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración

David Campbell
Associate Professor
Department of Public Administration
Binghamton University

School of Public Affairs
San Diego State University

Dana Michael Harsell
Associate Professor and MPA Director
University of North Dakota

College of Public Affairs
University of Baltimore


Maja Holmes
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Public Administration
West Virginia University

Kathrene Hansen Kin
Executive Director
Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board

Thomas Longoria
Professor and Director of the Center for Policy, Research, and Training
Department of Political Science
Texas State University

Associate Dean
Office of International Cooperation and Exchange
Tsinghua University


Peter Ngwafu
Director, Master of Public Administration Program
Albany State University

Jeffery Osgood
Vice Provost
Dean (interim), College of Business and Public Management
West Chester University

William Rivenbark
Professor and MPA Director
School of Government
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Director and Senior Lecturer
Master’s Programmes, School of Government
Victoria University of Wellington


Craig Thomas
Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
University of Washington


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

Laura Bloomberg
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota

Thomas Longoria*
Department of Political Science
Texas State University

Christine Rush
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Mississippi 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


Shahjahan Bhuiyan

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

Jonathan Breul
Adjunct Professor

Georgetown University

Sandra García Jaramillo
Profesora Asociada
Escuela de Gobierno Alberto Lleras Camargo
Universidad de los Andes

Tia Sheree Gaynor
Assistant Professor
University of Cincinnati
Renee Irvin
Associate Department Head

University of Oregon
Anthony Molina
Assistant Professor
Kent State Unviersity
William Powers
Executive Dean School of Public Policy

University of Maryland, College Park
Christopher Reddick
Department Chair

The University of Texas at San Antonio
Debra Ringold
Atkinson School of Management
Willamette University
Ellen Shiau
Associate Professor

California State University, Los Angeles


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