The Jackson State University Department of Public Policy and Administration’s Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program has been reaccredited for a period of seven years by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, which is the accrediting body for the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPPA).
“We were ecstatic to receive the news,” said Curtina Moreland-Young, interim chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration (DPPA).
NASPAA, founded in 1970, serves as a national and international resource for the promotion of excellence in education and training for public service. Its institutional membership includes more than 260 national and international university programs in public affairs, public policy, public administration, and public management.
“The JSU DPPA and the MPPA program have a very good national reputation, as the site visitors pointed out when they met with the president and provost in their exit interview,” Moreland-Young said. “We have been cited for excellence in US News and World Report’s assessment of public administration programs. And we have graduated outstanding students who occupy leadership positions in the governmental, non-profit and quasi –profit worlds at the local, state, federal and international levels.”
Additionally, the Jackson State DPPA, which began in 1992, was the first program of its kind in the state of Mississippi.
“We also have the first and longest continued accredited MPPA program at an HBCU in the country and we are the first academic unit at any university to be funded to conduct a Comparative Risk Project by the United States Environmental Protection Agency,” said Moreland-Young, who expressed gratitude toward John Gilleylen, coordinator of the MPPA program, and toward the department’s faculty, staff, students and alumni.
In March a team of site visitors and a member of the NASPPA staff visited the JSU Department of Public Policy and Administration at its location inside the JSU Universities Center building on Ridgewood Road in Jackson. They conducted interviews with alumni, students and administrators and were provided with additional written documents, including diversity and assessment plans.