National Association of Schools of Art and Design officials in June announced that they have concluded an evaluation and granted accreditation to the Department of Art.
The association’s Commission on Accreditation had initially approved the department’s 10-year accreditation in April 2010, but required that certain follow-up reports be completed.
Babette Mayor, a graphic design professor and former chair of the department, said she was confident that any of the association’s concerns would be resolved.
“On a personal level, accreditation means a lot to me because I have invested many years in helping to build a quality department through maintaining high standards, building programs and hiring quality faculty,” said Mayor, who was hired at the university in 1990.
In a letter to current department chair Sarah Meyer, the association’s Executive Director Karen P. Moynihan wrote that she appreciated the work accomplished by the department on behalf of visual arts and design as well as higher education.
The Department of Art moved from the College of Arts to College of Environmental Design in 1992 and offers degrees in graphic design and art history.
“I think it is our place in the College of Environmental Design, as well as our talented and diverse faculty and their commitment to quality teaching, that separates us from other programs and schools,” Mayor said.
The graphic design major has been consistently popular on campus since its inception in 1988 as an option and then as a degree program in 2004. Mayor was one of two graphic design professors in 1990, but the department now has eight faculty members dedicated to graphic design.
The department’s accreditation application was approved by commission members at an April meeting.
“This was a team effort but Babette Mayor played a significant role as she was key to creating the Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design, and also offered her unconditional support to the art history faculty’s decision to elevate the art history option to a Bachelor of Arts in art history,” Meyer said.
The association’s next review of the department will be in the 2018-19 school year.