Idaho State University’s theatre arts program awarded accreditation by National Association of Schools of Theatre
May 9, 2011
Following a four-year evaluation process, which includes a self-study and peer reviews, the Idaho State University School of Performing Arts theatre program has been awarded accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).
NAST is an association of approximately 150 schools of theatre. It is the national accrediting agency for theatre and theatre-related disciplines. The association produces statistical research, provides professional development for leaders of theatre schools and engages in policy analysis.
To become an accredited program, NAST evaluates everything from mission statements, goals and objectives, to finances, program offerings and degrees. Spearheading the accreditation process for ISU was Norm Schroder, professor of theatre. Along with the assistance of his colleagues in the theatre department, Schroder compiled the 200-page self-study document. In April of 2008, NAST representatives visited ISU and conducted their two-day on site visit. After the visit, Schroder continued providing NAST with updated reports and the theatre faculty have addressed NAST recommendations. In their final report, received last week, NAST awarded the theatre program accreditation.
"A large amount of time and effort went into this process and it was extremely enlightening," said Schroder. "Although ISU is regionally isolated and faculty and students don't have a great deal of access to other artists as one would in a metropolitan area, it’s nice to know ISU's School of Performing Arts theatre program meets such high national standards."
Tara Young, ISU associate professor and director of theatre said, "I'm thrilled and delighted for our students, current and future, and for our faculty and staff that worked so hard to make this happen."
To maintain accreditation, NAST will visit ISU’s theatre program again in the 2016-2017 academic year.