UND’s Master in Public Administration (MPA) program has been reaccredited for seven years.
In a letter to the immediate-past MPA Director Dana Harsell, the chair of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation said that UND’s program substantially conformed to each of seven standards and demonstrated a substantial commitment to quality public service education. He commended the program for its use of assessment results in decision-making.
The UND MPA program was added to the roster of accredited programs in conformity with NASPAA standards.
Dana Harsell, associate professor and outgoing director of the MPA program, noted that this is the first year that NASPAA will list areas where reaccredited programs are being monitored, so UND’s clean review will be visible to its peer programs and interested students.
“This will allow new Program Director Bo Wood an opportunity to move the program forward in strategic directions,” Harsell added.
“Accreditation is important to stakeholders for many reasons, predominantly because it provides an external validation of the program by peer review teams, which ensures the highest standards are achieved in the accredited program,” said Michelle Garske, College of Business and Public Administration assistant dean of graduate programs & accreditation.
NASPAA will publish a copy of the UND MPA program’s self-study report on its website as an example of a best practice.
“This is a testament to the significant work that college staff and faculty have invested in achieving this goal and to the outstanding public affairs education provided by the program’s faculty,” said Amy Henley, dean of the College.
The University of North Dakota’s College of Business and Public Administration houses the only nationally accredited Master of Public Administration in the state of North Dakota. The MPA program also offers concentrations in health administration through its partnership with the Master of Public Health Program, as well as social entrepreneurship.