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Schools who submit their Annual Data Report are eligible to participate in NASPAA's Custom Benchmarking Service:
Annual Data Report
NASPAA collects annual data from our members once every Fall. The window for programs to provide data is August 1 through October 1. The direct link to enter your Annual Data Report is:
Both accredited and non-accredited programs should use the above link. You can download a word copy of the questions asked in the Annual Data Report below. (Due to the fact that NASPAA has combined the previously separate Accreditation Maintenance Report and Annual Program Survey into one Annual Data Report please be sure to download the correct set of questions based on your accreditation status.)
If you have trouble accessing the system
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I complete the Annual Data
How does NASPAA use the data collected in the Annual Data Report?
NASPAA uses the data to feed directly in to our School Search and School Profiles as well as to provide valuable insights to our members about the state of public affairs education. The aggregate analysis of the data is provided at each NASPAA Annual Conference and made available to members throughout the year.
Is the Annual Data Report the same as my required Accreditation Maintenance Report? (Accredited Schools Only)
The Annual Data Report contains both the Accreditation Maintenance Report required of all accredited programs and the additional annual data NASPAA collects from all programs. All accredited members must complete the Accreditation Maintenance Report section of the Annual Data Report to maintain their accreditation status. The Accreditation Maintenance Report is the top section of the report for accredited programs.
The Annual Data Report contains additional questions to the Accreditation Maintenance Report (without overlapping). While it is important for programs to complete the entire data report only the first (Accreditation Maintenance Report Section) is required to maintain accreditation.
If my Self-Study Report is due in August, do I have to complete an Annual Data Report?
Schools in the current accreditation cycle (submitting their Self Study in August 15 of that year) can skip the first section (Accreditation Maintenance Report) of the Annual Data Report. However, in order for the program to show up in the School Search and have a fully populated School Profile the program still needs to complete the short form of the Annual Program Survey section. The Accreditation Maintenance Report section can be hidden to easily see where the Annual Program Survey questions start.
What is the difference between Membership and Program Level Data?
Membership level data should be provided in the aggregate for schools that have multiple programs. This was to allow programs to report on all faculty for their institution without having to break them up by degree as in some cases faculty may overlap multiple degree programs. Schools with multiple degrees will enter the Membership level data once for their first program only. For their remaining programs you may skip the membership level data questions and go straight to the program level section.
What is the difference between the
Short Form and the Long Form?
What year does the Annual Data Report
There is one set of questions that do not follow this norm. The Data Committee and other constituents in NASPAA felt it was important to have current enrollment numbers. Therefore, all questions regarding enrollment refer to the Fall for which the program is entering the data (per the example Fall 2014).
Specifically those questions are:
What is the total number of new students
entering the program in the fall?
Of the total number of students currently
enrolled, what is the percentage of
Most Recent NASPAA Data Presentations/ Survey Results
NASPAA 2017 Annual Conference (Washington, DC)
NASPAA 2016 Annual Conference (Columbus)
NAPSAA 2015 Annual Conference (Brooklyn)
NAPSAA 2014 Annual Conference (Albuquerque)
NASPAA 2013 Annual Conference (Washington, DC)
NASPAA Data Committee
Archived membership surveys
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