U.S.Department of Education Staff Report
Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues
The National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) Commission on Accreditation accredits freestanding institutions of theatre and theatre-related programs (both degree and non-degree granting), including those offered via distance education. The Secretary's recognition of the agency's accreditation of freestanding institutions that offer theatre and theatre-related programs enables those institutions to establish eligibility to receive Federal student assistance funding under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (Title IV).
The NAST Commission on Accreditation was granted intitial recognition in 1982 and has been periodically reviewed for renewal of recognition since that time. The agency's most recent petition for recognition was received in 2014 and recognition was renewed until 2019. The agency submitted a petition for renewal of recognition for the July, 2019 NACIQI meeting, and that petition 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.