BU's art and art history department accredited

For immediate release: Oct. 28, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's art and art history department was recently accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

According to Christine Sperling, chair of art and art history, NASAD accreditation "shows that the department meets certain standards in the programs we offer, with regard to the content of the programs, the experience of the faculty and safety in the art studio classrooms."

The accreditation process began four years ago and included a self-study and an evaluation by NASAD representatives. Two of BU's 11 art and art history faculty members, assistant professors Jason Godeke and Sue O'Donnell, learned of the accreditation firsthand while attending NASAD’s 65th annual meeting earlier this month in Pittsburgh.

Approximately 290 art and art design programs, ranging from liberal arts programs like BU's to large, career-focused institutions, are accredited by NASAD through a peer review process.

"We are pleased to have the quality of our program recognized," Sperling said. "This accreditation demonstrates to students and their families that we've been compared with other programs on a national level and have measured up quite nicely."

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.