U.S.Department of Education Staff Report

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Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues

Recommendation Page

  1. Agency: National Association Of Schools Of Music, Commission on Accreditation ( 1952 / 2014)
    (The dates provided are the date of initial listing as a recognized agency and the date of the agency’s last grant of recognition.)
  2. Action Item: Petition for Continued Recognition
  3. Current Scope of Recognition: The accreditation throughout the United States of freestanding institutions that offer music and music related programs (both degree and non-degree-granting) including those offered via distance. This recognition also extends to the Commission on Community College Accreditation.
  4. Requested Scope of Recognition: The accreditation throughout the United States of freestanding institutions that offer music and music related programs (both degree and non-degree-granting) including those offered via distance. This recognition also extends to the Commission on Community College Accreditation.

  5. Date of Advisory Committee Meeting: 07/31/2019
  6. Staff Recommendation: As noted above, staff recommends the inclusion of the Commission on Community College Accreditation in the agency's scope of recognition.

    Continue the agency's recognition as a nationally recognized accrediting agency at this time, and require the agency to come into compliance within 12 months with the criteria listed below, and submit a compliance report due 30 days thereafter that demonstrates the agency's compliance.
  7. Issues or Problems: It does not appear that the agency meets the following sections of the Secretary’s Criteria for Recognition. These issues are summarized below and discussed in detail under the Summary of Findings section.

    -- The agency must amend its continuous deferral policy to clarify the adverse action initiated after an institution is found not in compliance and has exceeded the continuous deferral policy of two years. The agency must amend the terms of Appendix III.E. to clearly define rationale for granting or denying a good cause extension, limits on the frequency and use of good cause extensions, and provisions for monitoring the progress of an institution that has received an extension for good cause. [§602.20(a)]

Executive Summary

PART I: GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE AGENCY

The National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (NASM or the agency) is both a programmatic and institutional accreditor, however the agency is only requesting the accreditation of freestanding institutions as within its scope of recognition. The principal purpose of this agency is the accreditation of freestanding institutions that offer degree-granting and non-degree-granting music programs and the accreditation of music programs within institutions accredited by a national recognized regional accrediting agency. The agency's freestanding institutions may use its accreditation by the agency to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV, HEA financial aid programs. NASM accredits 14 institutions that are able to use its accreditation as their mechanism to establish eligibility to participate in Federal student aid programs. Five of these institutions currently establish eligibility through NASM accreditation.


Recognition History

NASM has been granted periodic renewal of recognition since its initial recognition in 1952. The last full review of the agency was conducted in December 2007 at which time the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI or Committee) recommended and the Secretary concurred that the agency’s recognition be renewed for five years and that its scope be expanded to include programs offered via distance education.

In conjunction with the current review of the agency for its continued recognition, Department staff reviewed the agency’s petition and supporting documentation and observed a decision meeting in November 2018. The agency's petition for continued recognition is the subject of this analysis.


PART II: SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

The agency meets the requirements of the Secretary's Criteria for Recognition.

PART III: THIRD PARTY COMMENTS

The Department did not receive any written third - party comments regarding this agency.