Metropolitan State University is thrilled to receive acceptance to the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC). This recognition is the closest thing to accreditation in the nonprofit academic and research field, and completes the package of national recognitions proposed in the university program advancement plans a year ago. That plan includes membership in NASPAA for Metropolitan State’s public administration programs, and affiliation and membership in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and NACC for nonprofit leadership and management programs.
“These are truly institutional achievements. We believe that all three of these distinctions raise our profile and help to establish the credibility of our programming and graduates,” says Francis J. Schweigert, professor and graduate degree program director, College of Management.
The NACC is a membership association comprised of academic centers or programs at accredited colleges and universities that are devoted to the study of the nonprofit/nongovernmental sector, philanthropy and voluntary action to advance education, research and practice that increase the nonprofit sector’s ability to enhance civic engagement, democracy and human welfare.
“Membership in NACC places an institution among an elite group of peer institutions dedicated to advancing the field of nonprofit sector studies and research, and adding to the body of nonprofit sector and philanthropy theory,” says Stuart Mendel, director, Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice. “Metropolitan State University joins NACC at a seminal time for the field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies, as we launch a major global accreditation of third sector academic programs initiative based upon the 2015 release of the revised Curricular Guidelines Graduate and Undergraduate Study.”
Mendel also says that nonprofit organizations play an indispensable role in the lives of communities, groups and individuals. And, embracing educational, artistic, religious, health and community organizations, the nonprofit sector accounts for 10 percent of the United States economy, employs almost 10 percent of the workforce and is assisted by more than 100 million volunteers.
At universities across the nation, dedicated students and nonprofit professionals are seeking the knowledge they need to make an impact on the nonprofit sector and the world. Responding to this demand, more than 255 colleges and universities provide at least one class in nonprofit management, including 157 schools that offer at least one course within a graduate department. On these campuses and others, centers for the study of philanthropy and nonprofit organizations are a focal point for diverse disciplines to combine thoughtful scholarship with practical applications, Mendel said.