Accreditation is a voluntary, nongovernmental process involving a rigorous external review of a program conducted by peers to ensure that the program meets a standard of excellence that provides a high quality of education for students graduating from the program.
The annual CAPPA conference brings together Canadian and international scholars from various disciplines sharing an interest in public management, public administration and/or public policy analysis issues. This includes fields such as public management, public administration and public policy analysis, political science, law, history, economics, and sociology. The location of the conference rotates between CAPPA member universities and is usually held in the spring. A theme is selected and scholars are invited to submit panel and paper proposals.
The National Annual Public Administration Case Competition is a joint project of CAPPA and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). Canadian universities that have programs in public administration may compete. It is designed to highlight the excellence of Canadian public administration programs and students, and to provide a valuable learning experience for students.
Participants are organized into teams and presented with a “real world” public administration case, with accompanying background material. They work together to develop the best solution over a day. Teams then deliver presentations for judges. Two rounds may be required, and universities with more than one team may have their own internal competitions to determine who will represent the university.
The Kenneth Kernaghan Award for Excellence in Research is for career achievement in research by a faculty member who is part of the Canadian public administration community as evidenced by being appointed at a Canadian university or college program that is a member of CAPPA or being a Canadian citizen appointed at a public administration or policy program outside Canada. The award honours the memory of Kenneth Kernaghan, a distinguished public administration researcher, especially in the area of ethics and values, who taught for many years at Brock University, and served as editor of Canadian Public Administration.
The National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration is a joint initiative of CAPPA and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). It aims to recognize talent in Canadian schools at the regional level and at the national level. It promotes excellence in public administration and showcases the top talent emerging from Canadian programs each year.
The Pierre DeCelles Award for Excellence in Teaching Public Administration is aimed at excellent mid- or late-career post-secondary teachers in the field of public administration and recognizes the outstanding skill, accomplishment, innovation, and commitment of an exceptionally creative and effective teacher who is worthy of emulation. The award honours the memory of Professor Pierre DeCelles, who taught for many years at the École nationale d’administration publique, was recognized for his teaching there, and was ENAP’s Director General.