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MPA and Certificate Programs Recognized

The Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management programs were recognized for outstanding assessment reports for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Programs received formal recognition for this achievement at the Academic Assessment Symposium held on February 15th and were two of only 30 programs out of 165 to receive this honor.

Academic Assessment is critical to our accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC), the official regional accrediting body for institutions of higher education in the southern states. The process involves the following:

  1. Evaluation of the program’s mission statement;
  2. Evaluation of the program’s learning outcomes for students in the program;
  3. The mapping of learning outcomes to specific courses in the program;
  4. Development of measures and documentation of the relationship between measures and student learning outcomes;
  5. Development of a methodology for collecting data for measurement and maintaining the integrity of the data;
  6. Development of achievement targets for each student learning outcome;
  7. Compiling and presenting the results of the assessment process;
  8. Interpreting the results of the assessment process;
  9. Discussing the impact of past action plans for improvement; and
  10. The development of new action plans to use the findings from the assessment to make improvements to the program.

The programs’ efforts in the assessment process are reviewed by members of the University Academic Assessment Steering Committee each year and are ultimately reviewed by SACS-COC for accreditation purposes. The maintenance of this accreditation is important to our program and our students, and has been successfully maintained since the inception of the program. The assessment process is not only important for accreditation, but is used by faculty to drive continuous improvement to the program.

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