Dance program is the only university in Texas with all four arts programs accredited

Dance Program Approved by National Accreditation Agency

Texas Tech is the only university in Texas with all four arts programs accredited.

After two years of self-assessments, reading policies, examining curriculum and making a big move, the dance program in Texas Tech University’s Department of Theatre and Dance earned national accreditation, making Texas Tech the only school in the state in which all four arts programs are accredited.

The National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) approved the dance program’s application for accreditation in early September. The schools of music and art, as well as the theatre program, were already accredited by national agencies.

“National arts accreditation validates the benchmarking of our programs with national standards, enabling our academic programs to participate in review processes that are current, timely and relevant in providing quality education for our students,” said Carol Edwards, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “National accreditation becomes our beacon for success.”

Genevieve Durham DeCesaro, the head of the dance program, said the accrediting board looked at a number of factors, including curriculum and the program’s facilities. Until 2012, when the program moved into the Creative Movement Studio, dance classes met in the women’s gym, which did not meet NASD’s standards.