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Department of Political Science

2017 Self-Study Report

The Kansas State University MPA program is a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration [NASPAA]. This organization has 300 members worldwide and is dedicated to ensuring excellence in education and training for public service, and to promoting the ideal of public service.

NASPAA establishes a set of standards with which all member institutions must comply. However, members have the latitude to adapt these general standards to individual member circumstances. NASPAA’s Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation [COPRA] is the recognized global accreditor for masters in the areas of public policy, affairs, and administration.

Our program has been accredited by NASPAA/COPRA since 1990. Periodically, we are required to undergo a program review in order to be reaccredited for a period of seven years. We are in the midst of this two-year reaccreditation cycle. During the 2016-2017 academic year, we prepared and submitted to COPRA our 2017 Self-Study Report. During the 2017-2018 academic year, we will continue a conversation with COPRA that will culminate in a site visit by their representatives in the spring of 2018. Following that event, COPRA will render its final response to our request for reaccreditation.

The links below contain our standard-by-standard discussion of the 2017 Self-Study Report. This report reflects input from all program stakeholders including our MPA faculty, Student Stakeholder Committee, Advisory Committee representing potential employers and recent alums, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Provost.


Program Fact Sheet

Standard 1: Managing the Program Strategically          

Standard 2: Matching Governance with the Mission

Standard 3: Matching Operations with the Mission: Faculty 

Standard 4: Matching Operations with the Mission: Serving Students

Standard 5: Matching Operations with the Mission: Student Learning       

Standard 6: Matching Resources with the Mission

Standard 7: Matching Communications with the Mission