HPU Gains Accreditation from National Association of Schools of Art and Design

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 29, 2017 – High Point University has recently been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). HPU is the only private college in North Carolina to earn this status.

“This is a big accomplishment that should be beneficial particularly to the School of Art and Design as we continue to attract students who desire the best instruction as they seek to fulfill their creative potential,” says Scott Raynor, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art and Graphic Design. “The accreditation process is time intensive but rewarding. The acknowledgement that our programs, faculty and facilities meet this high standard is extremely gratifying.”

“Accreditation is a signal to employers that students have been exposed to a certain standard of coursework, facilities and faculty,” says Dr. John Turpin, dean of the 

School of Art and Design. “Before they read the student’s resume, there is already a basic understanding about the student’s educational experience.”

Accreditation is achieved through both self-study and peer-review processes. The comprehensive evaluation process began in 2014, and Turpin credits the many institutional leaders who helped drive the process.

“While Provost Dennis Carroll and President Nido Qubein were key supporters, achieving accreditation is very much a reflection of the faculty and their dedication to provide a high-quality educational experience” says Turpin. “All our faculty played important roles during the self-study process, but I would like to specifically acknowledge Scott Raynor, Dr. Jane Nichols, department chair for the Interior Design/Visual Merchandising programs, and Mr. Mark Brown, assistant professor of Art, for their contribution to the narrative.”

The next comprehensive review is scheduled during the 2021-22 academic year.

The High Point University School of Art and Design offers degrees in studio art, design studies with a concentration in graphic design, interior design and visual merchandising. This accreditation compliments interior design’s accreditation from CIDA.

Founded in 1944, NASAD is an association of approximately 323 schools of art and design, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools for the visual arts disciplines. It is the only national accrediting agency for art and design, and art and design-related disciplines. NASAD also provides information to the public. It produces statistical research, provides professional development for leaders of art and design schools, and engages in policy analysis.

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