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WKU’s MPA Program earns reaccreditation for additional seven years

The Master of Public Administration Program in WKU’s Department of Political Science has earned reaccreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for an additional seven years through Aug. 31, 2023.

The accreditation involved the preparation of a self-study report which included a complete review of the MPA program during the 2014-2015 academic year and an on-campus peer review on Feb. 29-March 1, 2016. Accreditation is based on the overall quality of the program, its performance of its mission, consideration of substantial conformance with the standards, and its assessment of overall program quality given the unique mission of the program.

The peer review team said: “It is clear that the faculty have an emphasis on diversity and the students enthusiastically reflect this commitment and see the connection of cultural competence to their careers in the public service. The program is to be commended for strong relationships with the advisory board and internship sponsors and their incorporation of feedback from these stakeholders into program improvement.”

The mission of the WKU MPA program states: “The MPA program prepares graduate students from diverse backgrounds to be productive leaders and managers in public service by sharing knowledge, encouraging excellence in research and practice, and fostering an environment of professionalism within the communities we serve.”

NASPAA accreditation is the global standard of excellence in public affairs education. NASPAA’s mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. NASPAA is the membership association of graduate programs in public administration, public policy and public affairs. NASPAA’s Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation is the specialized accreditor of these master degrees. WKU is one of almost 300 NASPAA member institutions within the United States and in foreign countries. Out of that membership, 190 programs have earned accreditation.

Contact: Victoria Gordon, Victoria.gordon@wku.edu

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