Category: Accreditation policy


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…

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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…

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Announcing the NASPAA Standards Colloquia!

Dear Colleagues, Later this summer, NASPAA will launch a two-year-long series of Standards Colloquia, which will be led by Standards Committee Chair Chandler Stolp and the NASPAA Executive Council. The purpose of these colloquia is to gather NASPAA members to…

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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…

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How much influence should externally-driven measures have over accreditors and institutions of higher learning?

Last week, on a very hot summer day (specifically, a Friday), I attended the CHEA summer workshop in Washington, DC, expecting a slow, somnolent day of discussion in the traditional manner of accreditation meetings. What I found was a much…

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Is accreditation governance or the market?

“When government lets the market fix policy problems, it often fails.”—says a recent article in Governing by Don Kettl.  “Markets just don’t run themselves in delivering public goods, because most of the time they are being asked to do things…

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Do professional accreditors look at outcomes?

The answer is a resounding yes, according to a new ASPA report. 100% of respondents include outcomes assessment as a basis for their accreditation requirements. While this had been an anecdotal assumption in the accrediting community, this is the first…

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