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Wayne State College Departments Earn National Accreditation

Published Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Two departments became accredited institutional members of national associations during the 2008-09 school year.

Add two more programs to the ranks of nationally accredited programs at Wayne State College. The Department of Music and the Department of Art and Design became accredited institutional members of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), respectively, during the 2008-09 academic year.

Wayne State’s School of Education and Counseling holds national accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, which means that the faculty and staff in WSC’s program have agreed to engage in serious and rigorous scrutiny and evaluation. The School of Business and Technology/Business and Economics Department are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

As the only organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education as accreditors for Art and Music programs, NASM and NASAD have developed reputations for rigor.  Less than 15% of arts units in the nation hold accreditation from NASAD or NASM.

“These recent distinctions further elevate Wayne State College as a high-quality destination for art and music students,” said Dr. James O’Donnell, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, “and we are enthusiastic about the path that the accreditation processes have laid out for us in shaping the future.” 

"The valuable insight we gained through this process allowed us the opportunity to assess our strengths and make substantial improvements to our programs,” reported Steven Elliott, chair of the Department of Art and Design. “We're confident that this achievement will help to enhance future possibilities for our students."

According to Dr. Linda Christensen, chair of the WSC Department of Music, “Being accredited by our accrediting body validates our faculty's dedication and the high quality of the educational experience that the Department of Music provides to our students. Our students are excited that the department has been recognized in this way, and they are very proud to be music students at Wayne State College.”

“Accreditation is not easily achieved but it is worth the distinction,” said Dr. Robert McCue, vice president of academic affairs at Wayne State. “The process takes many years and considerable effort modifying curriculum. The end benefit for students is a high level of rigor and national recognition of the value of their degrees.”

Accreditation is a process by which an institution or academic program periodically evaluates its work and seeks independent judgment from peers that it meets the established standards of the body from which it seeks accreditation. Accreditation reviews focus on educational quality, institutional integrity and educational improvement.

Founded in 1924 the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 615 accredited institutional members. Founded in 1944 the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) is similarly structured through an organization of schools, proprietary art institutes, colleges and universities with approximately 287 accredited institutional members. Both of these organizations establish national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and provide information to potential students and parents, consultations, statistical information, professional development, and policy analysis; and have extensive publications programs.