The University of Texas-Pan American announces its Department of Music has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines which establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees focusing on educational quality and institutional integrity.
Accreditation is a non-governmental system of academic review in which independent peers periodically evaluate an institution or program and provide a judgment on its achievements of its educational objectives and if it meets the standards of the accrediting organization.
The granting of accreditation by NASM signifies that the Department of Music at UTPA has successfully demonstrated compliance with the procedures, standards, and guidelines of the Association said Dr. Dahlia Guerra, dean of The College of Arts and Humanities.
"It is a national stamp of approval and a sign that our music program has met an external set of basic criteria of academic strength and operational integrity," she said. "I am very happy and proud of this accomplishment. The road to achieve accreditation was long and difficult and I congratulate and thank the music faculty and chair, Dr. Pedro Martinez, for their hard work and dedication in achieving this very worthwhile goal and distinction."
Martinez said the national accreditation was granted for a period of five years after which UTPA will need to seek re-accreditation for another 5-year term, and after that the re-accreditation process is every 10 years.
"It is a time of celebration and a clear sign that the department is going in the right direction," Martinez said. "Congratulations go to all the faculty and staff in the department for their efforts and contributions in this long but worthwhile process. While we knew we had quality programs, this one document gives us increased credibility within the community."
NASM has a membership of approximately 630 schools of music across the United States. It is recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation as the accrediting agency responsible for the field of music.