The department of music received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Founded in 1924, NASM has more than 600 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.
Accreditation is a process by which an institution periodically evaluates its work and seeks an independent judgment by peers that it achieves its own educational objectives and meets the established standards of the NASM. The process includes a self-evaluative description of the institution or department, an on-site review by a team of evaluators, and judgment by an accreditation decision-making body. Accreditation reviews focus on educational quality, institutional integrity, and educational improvements.
Xavier’s process started in earnest two and a half years ago. The site evaluation team spent two full days on campus, meeting with all music faculty, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Janice Walker, Provost Roger Fortin, and University President Michael J. Graham, S.J. At its fall meeting in Salt Lake City in November, NASM awarded accreditation to Xavier. It will be reviewed for renewal in three years and then every five years.
Xavier is one of only two Jesuit institutions (the other being Loyola New Orleans) and one of 33 Ohio colleges and universities so honored. Case Western, Heidelberg, University of Dayton, and Miami University are some of the other Ohio NASM colleges.
“This status speaks very well of our departmental strengths in scholarship, teaching, and performing. We look forward to many more successes in the near future,” says department chair Tom Merrill. He also cites the leadership of professor and former department chair Kaleel Skeirik as instrumental in obtaining the accreditation.