NASD Accreditation

The academic degrees offered by CSULB Dance are accredited by NASD.

About NASD

The National Association of Schools of Dance was established in 1981 to develop a closer relationship among schools and programs of dance for the purpose of examining and improving practices and professional standards in dance education and training.

A general statement of aims and objectives follows:

  • To establish a national forum to stimulate the understanding and acceptance of the educational disciplines inherent in the creative arts in higher education in the United States.
  • To establish threshold standards centered on the knowledge and skills necessary to develop academic and professional competence at various program levels.
  • To foster the development of instruction of the highest quality while simultaneously encouraging varied and experimental approaches to the teaching of dance.
  • To evaluate, through the processes of voluntary accreditation, schools of dance and programs of dance instruction in terms of their quality and the results they achieve, as judged by experienced examiners.
  • To assure students and parents/guardians that accredited dance programs provide competent teachers, adequate facilities and equipment, and sound curricula and are capable of attaining their stated objectives.
  • To counsel and assist institutions in developing their programs and to encourage self‑evaluation and continuing studies toward improvement.
  • To invite and encourage the cooperation of professional dance groups and individuals of reputation in the field of dance in the formulation of appropriate curricula and standards.
  • To maintain a national voice to be heard in matters pertaining to dance, particularly as they would affect member institutions and their stated objectives.


NASD fulfills these purposes, aims, and objectives through the areas outlined below.