FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University visual art and art education programs have received full membership accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
NASAD, founded in 1944, is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities and has approximately 248 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.
FMU’s program is a four-year bachelor’s degree with majors in visual art and art education. The program first received associate member accreditation in 1997.
According to Lawrence P. Anderson, chair of FMU’s Department of Fine Arts, national accreditation gives FMU students majoring in visual art (B.A.) and art education (B.S.) easier access to the best graduate programs or positions as K-12 art instructors. “Accreditation by NASAD shows that we uphold recognized professional standards,” he said. FMU currently has about 120 visual art and art education majors.
Anderson praised the art faculty – Greg Fry, Dr. Howard Frye, Steven Gately, Dr. Donna Goodman, Doug Gray, Dr. Sam Howell, and Kathy Pompe – for their contributions to the reaccreditation process.
“Reaccreditation by NASAD is important because it affirms the quality of our visual art and art education programs,” said FMU provost Richard Chapman. “The Fine Arts faculty deserve to be congratulated for this achievement. I am especially grateful to professor Anderson for his leadership during this process.”
FMU’s accreditation was announced at the NASAD conference in Philadelphia in October. The Department of Fine Arts completed a self-study last year as part of the accreditation process. A NASAD team visited the campus and conducted an on-site review in April. The next self-study for reaccreditation will be in 2010-2011.
NASAD is the only national university accrediting body for visual art programs recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. FMU is one of seven South Carolina colleges with NASAD accreditation.
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