Dance program at Oakland University receives coveted national accreditation

Oakland University’s Dance Program has taken center stage with an announcement that it has received full membership and accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).
 
Until this year, Oakland had been considered an associate member. Now the university’s bachelor’s degree program joins the elite ranks of top-notch programs across the country.
 
“This recognition for OU is fantastic,” said Greg Patterson, director of the Dance Program. “To this date there are only approximately seventy-four university dance programs in the nation that have been accredited by the NASD. For our community, this places OU’s dance program among the leading programs in Michigan.”
 
The accrediting process is extensive and grueling, Patterson said. The standards of the NASD are strongly respected in the nation, so to achieve full membership automatically speaks to the strength and integrity of the dance program.
 
“Attending a dance program that is fully accredited with NASD reassures students that they will receive high professional training that is a necessary step towards becoming a professional dancer,” Patterson said.
 
As part of the accreditation process, Oakland’s program operations were closely observed. Reviewers attended all classes and rehearsals and conducted interviews with the university president, provost, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, chair of the department, dance program director, faculty and even students. Officials also reviewed the filing system and program curriculum.
 
“Having this accreditation speaks volumes to many parents who are concerned that their children receive the best education possible,” Patterson said. “The more seasoned, young dancers that are seeking a great program look for a school that has been accredited. They are interested in programs with high standards and requirements in order to learn the most and be as successful as possible when developing their career.”
 
Established in 1981, the National Association of Schools of Dance was created to develop a closer relationship among schools and programs of dance and to examine and improve practices and professional standards in dance education and training.
 
For more information about Oakland’s dance programs, visit www.oakland.edu/mtd.