ACHIEVEMENT AND QUALITY:
HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE ARTS
Council of Arts Accrediting Associations
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
National Association of Schools of Dance
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Theatre
The following set of information is intended to assist individuals and institutions. It has been developed by the arts accrediting associations and reflects a basic consensus by the representatives of over 1000 accredited institutions and programs across the disciplines of art and design, dance, music, and theatre who seek broader public understanding of the nature of what they do and how they evaluate it as experienced professionals.
A content outline follows four critically important notes.
CRITICALLY IMPORTANT NOTES
1. Accreditation Disclaimer
Except where specifically noted, the information provided here does not constitute accreditation requirements. These documents have been developed to serve the professional development and policy analysis functions of the arts accrediting associations.
2. Relationships to Education, Scholarship, Research
The material presented in this set of information addresses achievement and quality weighted toward the perspectives of creating and performing works of art. These perspectives have many applications to and often significantly inform study and projects in education, scholarship, and research in or about the arts. However, the fields of education, scholarship, and research have their own specific goals and criteria for success. These can be and regularly are combined with those of the arts, in part because there are significant commonalities as well as differences among all of them.
3. Relationship to Degrees and Credentials
The primary purpose of this material is to describe attributes and evaluation approaches of the arts and professionally oriented studies in them without regard to formats for learning provided by degrees. For one section, the expectations of professional undergraduate degrees are used to illustrate the composite fundamental competencies of specializations in each art form. But other combinations of degrees or studies may produce the competencies indicated. The principles outlined apply to all types of degrees, liberal arts or professional, that have significant creative and/or performance objectives.
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Executive Summary -
Achievement and Quality: Higher Education in the Arts
Professionals in the arts view achievement and quality from a baseline of understanding about the natures of their disciplines and of the arts as a field.
For summaries of this fundamental information:
There are many elements and perspectives associated with evaluating quality, and arts professionals make careful distinctions and choices among these perspectives depending on the purpose of the evaluation.
For specific concepts and approaches to evaluation using various perspectives: