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UTPB Music Program Achieves NASM

by Travis Woodward, Director of Communication & Special Projects, 432-552-2547 | Jul 23, 2014

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin music program received word that they had achieved accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The process is rigorous, involving all music faculty, lengthy reports and an on-campus site evaluation.

“The preparation and hard work has paid off,” said David Watts, president of UTPB. “NASM accreditation is another indicator of the quality of our programs and the UTPB music program meets their high standard.”

“Accreditation of our music program by the National Association of Schools of Music is an important accomplishment for UTPB,” said Mylan Redfern, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Meeting the NASM standards shows that our Bachelor of Music degree is of high quality and compares well other programs across the country.”

NASM was founded in 1924. It is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities. It has approximately 647 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduated degrees, as well as other credentials. Institutional Membership is gained only through the per review process of accreditation.

The importance of accreditation is best described by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation in their publication, The Value of Accreditation, “An institution or program that has successfully completed an accreditation review has in place the needed instructional, student support and other services to assist students to achieve their educational goals.

Accreditation is both a process and a status. It is the process of reviewing colleges, universities, institutions and programs to judge their educational quality - how well they serve students and society. The result of the process, if successful, is the award of ‘accredited status’.”

“Membership in NASM comes with accreditation of UTPB. The process was started while the Wagner Noël was still in construction phase and has resulted in a stronger, more robust music degree for students,” said Dan Keast, associate professor of music. “I am thankful for administrative support of the accreditation process. During the process we gained new faculty, new support staff, and a new degree title. Accreditation is an assurance of quality in our program, much like the “Good Housekeeping seal of approval,” the NASM membership places our students and faculty into a group of elite institutions throughout the United States.”

For more information go to or call Dan Keast at 552-4292.