TROY joins ranks of elite among public administration programs

Posted: Tuesday, 28 July 2009

TROY—Troy University’s Master of Public Administration degree program has joined the ranks of the premier schools in the nation.

The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration has granted accreditation to the program, reflecting that TROY has met the organization’s standards.

“This clearly places Troy University in the first tier of premier schools in the United States in the study of public policy and public management,” said Dr. James Rinehart, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of international relations.

NASPAA accreditation symbolizes excellence in the education and training of those individuals who seek careers in the public sector. It promotes academic study and career opportunities in public affairs, public policy, public administration, and public management.

“We are proud that we have met their rigorous program standards and are honored to be included among their accredited schools of public affairs,” Dr. Rinehart said.

The accreditation represents the culmination of almost 10 years of work by Dr. Rinehart, who formerly served as chairman of the Department of Political Science, and Dr. Ellen Rosell, who serves as director of TROY’s MPA program, said Dr. Ed Roach, Provost.

“Dr. Rosell, Dr. Rinehart and the faculty are to be commended for this excellent work,” he said.

Citing both faculty and institutional support, the NASPAA accreditation report stated, in part: “Clearly the MPA program [at Troy] takes very seriously its mission of developing professional competency and leadership in individuals working in the public and nonprofit sectors. It utilizes a wide network of physical campuses plus eCampus to bring the instruction to the students and offers courses at times (nights and weekends) that maximize the convenience for those in the workforce.”