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The National Association of Schools of Art and Design awarded SRU’s art department five-year accreditation status, noting its quality and innovative programs.

SRU receives national art and design accreditation



SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. ¬- The Slippery Rock University art department has been approved for five-year, accredited membership by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design following the association's comprehensive review of the academic quality of SRU's art program.

The association, which establishes art-education standards, affirmed the art department's educational quality, integrity and ongoing improvement.

"Achieving accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design serves to validate the quality and effectiveness of the educational experience provided by Slippery Rock University and the art department," said Jon Shumway, SRU professor of art and department chair. "For those seeking an education in the visual arts, accreditation insures that our program meets a lengthy list of national educational standards and expectations."

The art department submitted a self-study, under the guidance Tom Como, SRU professor of art and former department chair. An onsite team of peer reviewers examined SRU faculty, pedagogy, facilities and exhibition opportunities.

"This achievement is the result of a team effort that involved not only talented faculty artists and scholars as well as staff but the raw talent and creativity of the students the department has been able to attract throughout its history," said Eva Tsuquiashi-Daddesio, dean of the College of Liberal Studies.

The association confers accredited membership on institutions meeting association standards developed in conjunction with educators from its 323 member institutions.

In confirming accredited membership, peer reviewers said SRU's art program:

• Shows the public its art program has clearly defined and appropriate objectives and maintains conditions for achievement and improvement;

• Encourages diversity of education;

• Works to protect against encroachments that jeopardize educational effectiveness or freedom to make academic decisions;

• Fosters excellence in education through the development of criteria and guidelines for assessing educational effectiveness;

• Encourages programmatic improvement through self-study and planning

• Provides counsel and assistant to other institutions and programs.

SRU offers bachelors' degree in arts, fine arts and fine arts with K-12 teaching certification. Students specialize their education by taking a minor in graphic design, art history, general art or art/elementary education.

The National Association for Schools of Art and Design, founded in 1944, is an organization of schools, colleges and universities. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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