Do NASPAA Standards for Accreditation Matter? Perceptions of Executive Directors in the State of Texas
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Purpose: The purpose of this project is to describe the level of importance Executive Directors of state agencies in Texas place upon their knowledge, skills, and abilities for effective public management. The study uses common curriculum components for professional degree education of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) as the framework. Methodology: Survey research is used for the project. Survey questions are derived from Brad Sinclair's 2005 Applied Research Project regarding City Manager Perceptions on which knowledge, skills, and abilities are most important for effective public management using the NASPAA common curriculum components. The surveys were sent to Executive Directors of state agencies in Texas. Descriptive statistics were then used to analyze the results. Findings: The results show that Executive Directors perceive the NASPAA common curriculum components as important knowledge, skills, and abilities to possess for effective public management. The findings are similar to Brad Sinclair's results and give major credibility to NASPAA Standards for Accreditation of common curriculum requirements.