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School of Public Affairs at Baruch Accredited For Seven More Years by NASPAA



NEW YORK, NY -- September 15, 2015 -- After a rigorous 18-month process, Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs has earned reaccreditation by NASPAA for an additional seven years, through the 2021-22 school year.

The accreditation involves an extensive self-study report and an on-site peer review of two to three days. The peer review team that visited in March 2015 stated that SPA’s MPA program “has demonstrated a substantial commitment to quality public service education.”

“NASPAA accreditation is the global standard of excellence in public affairs education, and Baruch is proud to be the first institution in New York City to gain NASPAA recognition for an MPA program, back in 1980,” said David S. Birdsell, Ph.D., who has been Dean of SPA since 2006. “Congratulations and thank you to all the faculty and staff who took part in the self-study and assessment process.”

SPA is one of 284 NASPAA member institutions throughout the United States and in 14 foreign countries. Out of that membership, 178 schools (63%) have programs that have earned accreditation.

NASPAA’S two-fold mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. Since a name change in 2013, the accrediting organization has been known formally as the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, but it still uses its original acronym, NASPAA.

Questions about NASPAA and SPA’s MPA accreditation can be directed to Angelina Delgado, Director of Operations and Finance for SPA.

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