Data on Accredited Programs

2016-17 Accreditation Data Report

Since 2010, NASPAA has collected data on key outputs and outcomes of master’s degree programs of public service education to track the development in the field, producing annual reports to present and analyze the aggregated data. The 2016-17 Accreditation Data Report is the seventh annual data report on NASPAA Accredited Programs. The 2016-17 report This report analyzes and concludes the education performance of 209 accredited programs and programs seeking accreditation in academic year 2017-2018. Also, the trends of some critical indicators are presented after the annual data analysis. Data in this report are provided by programs and collected by NASPAA from self-study reports, accreditation maintenance reports, and annual program surveys. You can download the report or the raw data.

Key findings of the report include the following:

  • Applications to public service programs are exhibiting a decline.
  • On average, 81 percent of students graduated or remain active in the program after 4 years.
  • The public sector continues to hire the largest number of graduates.
Past Accreditation Data Reports 

2015-2016 NASPAA Accreditation Data Report
2014-2015 NASPAA Accreditation Data Report
2013-2014 NASPAA Accreditation Data Report
2012-2013 NASPAA Accreditation Data Report
2011-2012 NASPAA Accreditation Data Report
2010-2011 NASPAA Accreditation Data Report

Data for trends and previous Data Reports* available here.
*All data on accredited programs from AY 2010-2015 Annual and Self-Study Reports

2013 Diversity Report

The 2013 NASPAA Diversity Report seeks to not only compare the data presented in the NASPAA Diversity Report published in 2000, but also to convey the trends and changes in the state of diversity over the past decade. The first section focuses on the racial and gender diversity changes in the student body. The second section focuses on the racial and gender diversity trends in the faculty body. Finally, the third section will show the state of universal competency analysis and implementation in terms of communication with diverse communities and changing workforces.

Download the 2013 Diversity Report and source data:

2013 Diversity Report
Appendix B-1: Student Data
Appendix B-2: Faculty Data
Appendix B-3: Competency Data
Appendix B-4: Faculty Retention

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