On Wednesday, April 16, the College received a summary report from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) as part of SVA’s decennial reaccreditation process. NASAD is one of several accrediting bodies that regularly evaluates the College to make sure it is meeting the agency’s standards for accreditation. The focus for this visit was curriculum, teaching, facilities/resources and, most importantly, student work. According to the visiting evaluation team, who delivered their preliminary findings to the assembled staff and administration, SVA meets or exceeds NASAD’s standards and practices criteria. Dennison Griffith, the president of the Columbus College of Art and Design who served as the team’s leader, concluded his largely positive assessment of the College by saying, “Your students are going to change our culture.”
In addition to this overall reaccreditation, several individual programs at SVA have recently been assessed by their respective accrediting bodies and as a result have been granted accreditation. Last week, the BFA Interior Design Department got a formal letter reaffirming accreditation from the Council on Interior Design Accreditation (formerly FIDER); in the past year the MAT Art Education Department was notified of its accreditation by the New York State Board of Regents; and the MPS Art Therapy Department received its initial accreditation from the American Art Therapy Association.