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National Association of Schools of Art and Design Self-Study reports

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0605

Scope and Contents

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design Self-Study report was submitted by RIT's Art and Design units: College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and College of Health Sciences and Technology Medical Illustration program in 2015. The Self-Study report is a mandatory step for institutions seeking accredidation or renewal of accredidation. The report includes a table of contents outlining the major sections of the self-study: Purposes and Operations; Instructional Programs Portfolio; Evaluation, Planning, Projections; and Management Documents Portfolio.

Added to the collection is the 1993 NASAD Self-Study report found in the RIT Archives.


  • Creation: 1993, 2015


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), founded in 1944, is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities. The Association's main role is that of a specialized, professional accrediting agency. It has approximately 339 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. It is the national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design-related disciplines, and NASAD provides information to potential students and parents, consultations, statistical information, professional development; and policy analysis.

Accreditation is a process by which an institution or disciplinary unit within an institution periodically evaluates its work and seeks an independent judgment by peers that it achieves substantially its own educational objectives and meets the established standards of the body from which it seeks accreditation. Typically, the accreditation process includes 1) a self-evaluative description (self-study) of the institution or unit, 2) an on-site review by a team of evaluators, and 3) judgment by an accreditation decision-making body, normally called a Commission. Accreditation reviews focus on educational quality, institutional integrity, and educational improvements.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)




The collection includes a complete self-study report presented for consideration to the NASAD Commission on Accreditation by RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Twenty-six programs or degrees were assessed for which Renewal of Final Approval was sought in 2015. Also included is a copy of the 1993 NASAD Self-Study report.


Reports arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was deposited in the RIT Archives in May 2015 by Therese Mulligan.

Accession number(s): 2015:067

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in July 2015.

National Association of Schools of Art and Design Self-Study reports
RIT Archives
Jody Sidlauskas
13 July 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA