UTPB Music Program Earns Accreditation

UTPB Music Program Earns Accreditation

UTPB achieves national accreditation for its music program.
ODESSA, TX (Local Big 2 News) -- UTPB achieves national accreditation for its music program.

The university announced its accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) on Wednesday.

Administrators say the rigorous NASM accreditation process began while the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center was under construction.

The lengthy process included: a campus evaluation, faculty interviews and hundreds of pages of reports.

"It's about a 300 page book -- that's full of standards, and you have to talk about how you meet each one of those standards and that it's comparable to the national level,” Dan Keast, an associate professor at UTPB, explained.

The NASM reports it has 647 accredited institutions.

UTPB administrators say this puts its students and it's faculty in an elite group of institutions.

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