U.S.Department of Education Staff Report
Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues
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.
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.
The agency meets the requirements of the Secretary's Criteria for Recognition.
The Department did not receive any written third - party comments regarding this agency.