Department Assessment Sites:
SNAAP Overview and Powerpoint
In 2011-12, the Caine College of the Arts participated in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) in order to obtain baseline data on the lives and careers of USU’s arts graduates. Since this survey is sent to all arts alumni (not just recent graduates), the college repeated the survey in 2015-16, and will continue to repeat every few years thereafter, in order to track changes in student experiences and alumni perceptions.
Following the first administration of the survey, the college made several changes
in response to information gained through the report, including:
For an overview of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project itself, please click here: http://snaap.indiana.edu/about/overview.cfm
While Regional Accreditation is of critical importance to the institution, it is also a wide-angle view of the institution as a whole. In the arts, specialized accreditation also plays a major role in helping institutions chart their course for the future and functions as an indicator that the institution is meeting its obligations to students who aspire to succeed as artists and citizens.
At the formation of the college in 2010, USU was a member institution of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), an accreditation we retain. Two professional programs are also accredited. The Music Therapy program is accredited by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA); and the Interior Design program, by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
In 2014, the Department of Art and Design became a member institution of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) is a goal toward which the Department of Theatre Arts is working with an anticipated application date of 2018.
When Theatre Arts is accredited, Utah State University will join a very small number of institutions in which all arts programs are accredited by the appropriate association.
Further information, including handbooks containing accreditation standards, is available at the following links:
Art and Design: http://nasad.arts-accredit.org/
Theatre Arts: http://nast.arts-accredit.org/
Graduate Program Review
In 2012, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies worked with departments to make changes in graduate programs in response to a study conducted by a university-wide task force. In 2015, the deans of the eight academic colleges were each charged to review the department plans from 2012 and prepare a report assessing the progress to date.