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Florissant Valley Art Department Receives Accreditation Renewal from NASAD

November 21, 2014

The National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD) granted accreditation renewal for St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley’s art programs through the 2022/23 academic year.

NASAD is the nationally recognized accrediting body for premiere schools of art and design in the United States.

The Art department began working on the 10-year reaccreditation in the fall 2011. The collection of materials and work on the self-study took more than a year.

“Three copies of a binder that was more than five inches tall were sent to NASAD in spring 2012,” said Janice Nesser-Chu, arts and humanities chair at Florissant Valley. “The binder included a self-study that covered curriculum, academics, facilities, student work, student achievements, graduations rates, faculty work and syllabus.”

In February 2013, the Art department hosted a visit by two NASAD representatives who spent four days interviewing students, faculty and administrators, looking at the facilities, going over the self-study and viewing more student and faculty work.

They subsequently received the visitors report in June 2013. The art department then submitted a response to their concerns.

“All the reports and responses were put before the NASAD accreditation committee,” Nesser-Chu said. “We then received a letter from NASAD listing three points that needed to be addressed. We addressed them and sent them an update.”

The entire accreditation process took more than three years.

Bob Langnas led the accreditation team for the Art department. Carol Berger, Ana Coelho, Julia Jenner, Eric Shultis, Michael Quintero and Nesser-Chu were the key players in bringing the task to fruition.

“We are very glad that our efforts to create a strong, student-centered department that focuses on academic excellence, professionalism, exceptionalism of our students and faculty continues to be acknowledged by NASAD,” said Nesser-Chu. “We strive to create a challenging and nurturing environment dedicated to student success.”

The Art department at Florissant Valley has been accredited for more than 40 years. Relatively few community college art departments nationwide are NASAD accredited. Of this elite group, Florissant Valley was the first.