JSU receives reaccreditation for masters of Public Policy and Administration program

Spencer McClenty

Curtina Moreland-Young, interim chair of the JSU Department of Pubic Policy and Administration

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.


10 thoughts on “JSU receives reaccreditation for masters of Public Policy and Administration program

  1. Congratulations to Dr. Moreland-Young and all the faculty and staff who made this possible. Keep up the good work. I will see you in the fall as I continue to pursue my PhD. May God bless you all. QDH

  2. Congratulations Doc! As an alum of the program, I remember how hard it was for you and the previous faculty and staff to get the program off the ground. Since that time it has continue to thrive and produce quality graduates. I am so very proud of you and your entire faculty and staff, previous and current! Continued success to you!

    Colonel Martha McRavin-Oliver
    1980 Alum!

  3. Congratulations! I am so proud to be a part of this excellent academic program. This reaccreditation process is a testimony of the hardwork and dedication of the DPPA. As students, we have been fortunate to be lead by such outstanding leadership through a dedicated faculty and staff. Great Job!

  4. Congratulations! I am so proud of the hard working faculty and staff of DPPA. I am very excited to be graduating this weekend from the Ph.D. program…This is a motivation to continue to support the dreams and aspirations of the “first and longest continued accredited program in the country”….Keep up the good work!!

  5. Doc – I am so proud of you and the department staff. Because of your hard work and dedication, we, as students are able to do what we do. Kudos to you all. Please let me know how I can continue to support the program and better represent the MPPA Program as well as Jackson State University.
    Rhea Williams-Bishop

  6. Congratulations MPPA! As a Ph.D. student currently seeking a doctorate in Public Policy and Administration I am proud to be a part of this organization.

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