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Bylaws


(as amended January 2014)

Article I. The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall be composed of representatives from programs in Accredited and Active status. Each Accredited and Active program shall be permitted to designate two members to the Board of Directors. Designated board members shall be reported to the Consortium Administrator prior to participating in any vote.  (amended 9/13).

Article II. Applications for Admission and Status

Section  1.  Associate Status.  Eligible organizations with an interest in establishing a Certified Public Manager® program may submit a written request for admission to the Consortium. Upon a favorable majority vote by the Executive Council, the organization shall be granted Associate status. Associate status shall be granted for two-year periods and may be renewed upon written application. Associate programs shall not award the Certified Public Manager® designation. (amended 9/13)

Section  2.  Active Status.  Organizations in Associate status that have secured support for a proposed Certified Public Manager® program may request Active status in writing to the Consortium. The application shall include a letter from the Governor or other appropriate governing officials which demonstrates support for the proposed program. Active status shall be granted upon a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Active status shall be granted for an indefinite period while the organization develops a program for accreditation. Active programs shall not award the Certified Public Manager® designation.  (amended 9/13)

Section  3.  Accredited Status.  Organizations in Active status may request an initial accreditation review in writing to the Consortium Chair. Requests for initial accreditation shall be submitted no later than six months before the member expects to award the Certified Public Manager® designation. Organizations in Accredited status shall request in writing continuing accreditation at the annual meeting prior to accreditation expiration. Upon favorable review, recommendation from the accreditation chair, and an affirmative majority vote by the Board of Directors, Accredited status shall be granted to the organization. Accredited status shall be granted for a five-year period. Accredited programs may award the Certified Public Manager® designation. (amended 9/13)

Section  4.  Inactive Status.  An Accredited program may be placed on inactive status by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors for non-payment of annual Consortium dues, non-attendance at annual meetings, lack of continuing accreditation, failure to maintain program standards or lack of graduates.  Prior to a vote, a task force appointed by the Chair shall review and recommend action to the Board.  Inactive status is subject to annual review by the Board of Directors.  (Adopted 5/99, amended 9/13)

A.  Inactive status shall be for a period of no longer than two years from the date of action by the Board of Directors.  Dues and applicable fees shall be paid during the period in Inactive status. (Adopted 9/09, amended 10/10, 10/11, 9/13)

B.  By the end of the two years in Inactive status, the program shall present, and the Board of Directors shall approve, a plan detailing steps the program will complete to resume Accredited status, assuming that dues and fees are paid to date and that accreditation is current.  If accreditation is not current, the program must complete an accreditation review with a positive recommendation for accreditation before the Board of Directors considers restoring Accredited status. (Adopted 9/09, amended 10/10, 9/13)

C.  At the end of two years if a plan to resume Active status is not submitted and approved by the Board of Directors, the program shall be terminated from the Consortium.   (Adopted 9/09, amended 10/10, 9/13)

Section  5.  Withdrawal.  Programs may request withdrawal from the Consortium in writing to the Chair of the Board of Directors. (Amended 5/99, 10/10, 9/13)

Section  6.  Termination.  The Board of Directors may terminate a program from the Consortium for failing to meet the criteria in Section 4 or not responding as specified when in Inactive status (amended 9/13)

Termination from the Consortium means that there is no Certified Public Manager® program in that political jurisdiction and the Consortium will consider admission applications from qualified organizations. (Adopted 10/10, 9/13)

Article III. Accreditation Standards

Accreditation standards are intended to maintain the quality of Certified Public Manager® programs.  The standards are the framework by which each program is evaluated.  (amended 9/13)
 

Section  1.  Program Administration. Each Active and Accredited program shall designate two individuals to represent the program on the Consortium Board of Directors.  Each program shall:

A. designate a director to implement accreditation standards and officiate in matters of program administration;  

B. establish a partnership between government and higher education; and

C. assemble an advisory board. An advisory board shall include representation from a government organization, a higher education institution, and a current or former CPM participant. The advisory board shall provide constructive review of curriculum and administrative procedures.  The advisory board shall convene at least annually and record minutes. (Amended 9/07, amended 10/10, 9/13)

Section  2.  Program Design.  Each program shall provide opportunities for participants to apply learning in the work environment.  Learning outcomes related to core competencies shall be identified in each course or learning activity.  (Amended 10/10, 9/13)

Section  3.  Competencies.  The core curriculum shall address all of the following core competencies. (Adopted 9/06; amended 10/10).

A. Personal and Organizational Integrity. Increasing awareness, building skills and modeling behaviors related to identifying potential ethical problems and conflicts of interest; appropriate workplace behavior; and legal and policy compliance.

B. Managing Work. Meeting organizational goals through effective planning, prioritizing, organizing and aligning human, financial, material and information resources; empowering others by delegating clear job expectations; providing meaningful feedback and coaching; creating a motivational environment and measuring performance;  monitoring workloads and documenting performance; and dealing effectively with performance problems. (amended 9/13)

C. Leading People. Inspiring others to positive action through a clear vision; promotes a diverse workforce; encouraging and facilitating cooperation, pride, trust and group identity; fostering commitment and team spirit; articulating a vision, ideas and facts in a clear and organized way; and effectively managing emotions and impulses. (amended 9/13)

D. Developing Self. Demonstrating commitment to continuous learning, self-awareness and individual performance planning through feedback, study and analysis.

E. Systemic Integration. Approaching planning, decision-making and implementation from an enterprise perspective; and understanding internal and external relationships that impact the organization. (amended 9/13)

F.  Public Service Focus. Delivering superior services to the public and internal and external recipients; including customer/client identification, expectations, needs and developing and implementing paradigms, processes and procedures that exude positive spirit and climate; and demonstrating agency and personal commitment to quality service. (amended 9/13)

G.  Change Leadership. Acting as a change agent; initiating and supporting change within the organization by implementing strategies to help others adapt to changes in the work environment, including personal reactions to change; emphasizing and fostering creativity and innovation; and being proactive.

Section  4.  Program Hours.  The program shall consist of a minimum of 300 hours of structured learning activities addressing the CPM competencies.  At least 250 hours shall be instructor or facilitator directed.  The remaining hours shall be approved learning activities with specific learning objectives.  Learning activities may include application projects, structured readings, comprehensive examinations, and workshops or courses. (Amended 9/07, amended 10/10, 9/13)

Section  5.  Learning or Job-Related Projects.  There shall be a requirement for participants to complete a public management project, which shall include a written demonstration of participants' effectiveness in applying the core competencies to their job environment.  The requirements and evaluation criteria for projects shall be clearly specified. Methods for delivering individual feedback on projects shall be identified. Group projects shall have clearly defined individual responsibilities.  (Amended 9/07, amended 10/10, 9/13)

Section  6.  Evaluation of Participants.  The program shall provide substantive evaluation of knowledge and practical application in all competencies described in Article III, Section 3. Evaluation may be by oral examinations, written examinations, or assessment evaluations. Evaluation requirements and criteria shall be clearly specified. (Amended 9/06, 10/10, 9/13)

Section  7.  Program Evaluation.  The program shall measure program effectiveness and maintain this documentation. Provisions shall be established for responding to and incorporating feedback. Amended 10/10)

Section  8.  Enrollment Requirements.  The program shall admit participants from any public sector entity within its authorized jurisdiction.  The program may admit participants from private sector at its discretion.  The program shall not require participants to enroll in a specific academic program or to complete an academic degree as a condition for admission.  The program may establish reasonable minimum qualifications and requirements for admission into the program. Minimum enrollment requirements shall be clearly stated and disclosed to prospective participants. (Amended 9/07, amended 10/10, 01/14)

Section  9.  Certification Requirements.  The program shall clearly state and disclose the requirements for the Certified Public Manager® designation to participants.  (Adopted 10/10)

Section  10.  Program Funding.  The program shall demonstrate that sufficient funding is in place to sustain the program.  Funding sources and amounts shall be identified and compared to current operating costs. (Adopted 10/10)

Section  11.  Policies and Procedures.  Written policies and procedures shall exist on:

A.  admitting participants;
B.  evaluating and testing participants;
C.  awarding credit for core courses, electives and substitutions;
D.  maintaining and handling participant records;
E.  protecting confidentiality and privacy; and
F.  implementing continuous improvement.   
(Adopted 10/10, 9/13)

Article IV. Program Review Procedures

Section 1.  Accreditation Review Committees

A.  For both initial and continuing accreditation, the Chair will appoint an accreditation review committee consisting of three individuals: A committee chair who is a Consortium board member from an Accredited program; a current CPM instructor from an Accredited program; and a Certified Public Manager® from an Accredited CPM program.  The Chair of the review committee shall not be a former or current mentor of the requesting program. (Amended 10/11, 9/13)

B.  In the event the chair or any member of an accreditation committee is unable to continue serving on the committee, the Executive Council shall promptly appoint a qualified replacement. (Adopted 10/11, 9/13)

Section 2.  Initial Accreditation Review. 

A.  When an organization in Active status has developed a program which it feels meets all accreditation standards, it may request an initial accreditation review in accordance with Article II, Section 3. (Amended 9/13, 01/14)

B.  The program shall submit materials addressing each of the accreditation standards in Article III. The program shall include a summary self-review which includes a statement of perceived strengths and weaknesses and planned enhancements or corrective measures. Materials shall be submitted to each individual on the accreditation review committee. (amended 9/13)

C.  Procedures for Initial Accreditation Review shall be approved by the Board of Directors at an annual meeting and shall not be retroactive. (amended 9/13)

D.  A site visit is mandatory for an initial accreditation review.  At least one member of the accreditation review committee shall personally visit the program requesting the review.  Travel expenses for the site visit shall be paid by the program requesting the review.  Prior to the site visit the requesting program shall make all necessary arrangements including the processing time from receipt of expenses until payment is received with the appropriate office responsible for reimbursement of site visit travel expenses. The person conducting the site visit shall approve in writing the reimbursement procedure.  The site visit shall not be conducted until the reimbursement procedure is acceptable to the program and the person conducting the site visit.  Travel expenses are reimbursement of expenses to the person and not compensation.   (Amended 9/06, 10/11, 9/13)

E. The committee shall review program materials. Within ninety calendar days following receipt of all accreditation materials, the committee chair will report committee initial findings and recommendations in writing to the program and solicit comments.  The committee will submit a final report of its findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors at the next annual or special meeting.  A copy of the final report will be furnished to the reviewed program. (amended 9/13)

F.  The Board of Directors may grant accreditation, deny accreditation, or may grant provisional accreditation.  The action of the Board of Directors shall be furnished in writing to the reviewed program within fifteen calendar days. (amended 9/13)

1.    If provisional accreditation is granted, a second accreditation review shall be conducted with final action by the Board of Directors taken within six months of initiation.  The Board of Directors may grant or deny accreditation as a final action. (amended 9/13)

Section 3.  Continuing Accreditation Review.

A.  Accredited programs shall request a continuing accreditation review in accordance with Article II, Section 3.  (amended 9/13)

1.  If the Board of Directors requests the program to change the year of a scheduled accreditation review, the program begins a five year accreditation at the approval of the accreditation report. (Adopted 9/09, amended 9/13)

2.  If an Accredited program requests a review extension and the extension is granted by the Board of Directors or the Executive Council, that extension shall be for no more than one year.  Any extension granted shall be considered part of the five-year accreditation period and will not change the original five-year cycle. (Adopted 9/09, amended 9/13)

B.  Procedures for Continuing Accreditation Review shall be approved by the Board of Directors at an annual meeting and shall not be retroactive. (amended 9/13)

C.  A site visit is required unless the chair of the Consortium grants a waiver upon the request of the chair of the continuing accreditation committee.

1.    At least one member of the accreditation review committee shall personally visit the program requesting the review.  Travel expenses for one committee member to conduct the site visit shall be paid by the program requesting the review. Prior to the site visit the requesting program shall make all necessary arrangements including the processing time from receipt of expenses until payment is received with the appropriate office responsible for reimbursement of site visit travel expenses. The person conducting the site visit shall approve in writing the reimbursement procedure.  The site visit shall not be conducted until the reimbursement procedure is acceptable to the program and the person conducting the site visit.  Travel expenses are reimbursement of expenses to the person and not compensation. (Amended 4/02, 10/11, 9/13)

D.  The final report of committee findings and recommendations shall be submitted to the Board of Directors at the next annual or special meeting.  A copy of the final findings and recommendations shall be furnished to the program. (Adopted 9/09, amended 9/13)

E.  The Board of Directors may grant continuing accreditation, deny continuing accreditation, or may grant provisional continuing accreditation.  The action by the Board of Directors shall be furnished in writing to the program within fifteen calendar days. (Adopted 9/09, amended 9/13)

1.  If provisional continuing accreditation is granted, a second accreditation review shall be conducted with final action by the Board of Directors taken within six months of initiation.  The Board of Directors may grant or deny continuing accreditation as a final action. (Adopted 9/09, amended 9/13)

Section 4.  Development Review.  An Active program may request a development review in writing to the Board of Directors.  The Chair shall appoint a committee to conduct the development review to provide feedback and recommendations.  Travel costs incurred as a result of a site visit will be paid by the program requesting the review.  An informal report of the findings and recommendations of the committee will be furnished to the requesting program. (amended 9/13)

Section 5.  Special Review.  A special review for cause may be conducted at any time at the request of a majority of the Board of Directors.  The Chair shall appoint a special review committee consisting of not less than three members. The committee shall submit a report of findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors on a date specified by the Board. The Consortium will fund site visits required for special reviews. (amended 9/13)

Section 6.  Annual Consortium Dues and Fees Structure.  Annually, the Board of Directors shall approve fees for accreditation reviews and annual dues for Consortium programs. Dues and fees changes shall not be retroactive. Dues and fees shall be payable by check, purchase order, or electronic deposit to the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium, and are not refundable, unless authorized by the Executive Council.  Dues and fees are payable as follows: (Amended 6/01, 10/11, 9/13)

A.  Initial and Continuing Accreditation Fee - Initial and Continuing Accreditation Fee shall be paid prior to the date review materials are submitted to the review committee.   (Amended 6/01, 9/08, 10/11, 9/13, 01/14)

B.  Annual Consortium Dues - Annual Consortium Dues shall be paid upon receipt of invoice. (Amended 6/00; 6/04; 9/08, 10/11, 9/13, 01/14)

C.  The Executive Council may approve a Consortium meeting registration fee relative to the projected costs of meetings. (Adopted 10/11, 9/13)

D.  Nonpayment of Dues and Fees. (Adopted 6/01, Amended 10/11, 9/13)

Accredited and Active programs failing to pay annual Consortium dues within 90 days of the date of the invoice shall be ineligible to vote with the Board of Directors or participate in an initial or continuing accreditation review until the arrears and current year dues are paid in full.  (Amended 4/02, 10/11, 9/13)

Associate programs failing to pay annual Consortium dues shall be ineligible for renewal of Associate status or for application for Active status until the arrears and current year dues are paid in full.  (Amended 4/02, 10/11, 9/13)

A program requesting initial or continuing accreditation and failing to pay the required fee by the date of the annual meeting shall not be considered for accreditation at the annual meeting.    (amended 9/13

Article V. Amendments and Exceptions

These Bylaws may be amended by a majority of the Board of Directors.  Proposed amendments to the Bylaws shall be distributed to the Board of Directors at least thirty days prior to a vote.  Voting on such amendments may be done at any meeting of the Board of Directors, by telephone, mail, or electronically.  Exceptions to these Bylaws may be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors at any meeting of the Board of Directors, by telephone, mail, or electronically. (amended 9/13)