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UWRF Music Department Receives Accreditation

Jan. 25, 2010The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Commission on Accreditation has voted to continue the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Music Department's accreditation in good standing for a period of 10 years.  This decision is based on a comprehensive review by NASM of the Music Department’s mission, organization, degree programs, faculty, curriculum, budget and facilities.

The Music Department prepared a Self-Study, hosted two NASM officers for a week-long on-site accreditation visit and review, prepared an “Optional Response” to NASM-identified issues, and worked collaboratively with the UWRF College of Arts and Sciences administration to meet accreditation requirements. Hilree Hamilton, associate professor of music, led the department’s NASM Self-Study. 

“The Music Department is pleased to receive the commendations and positive accreditation from NASM for the next 10 years,” said David Milne, department chair and professor of music. “The Music Department is particularly grateful to College of Arts and Sciences Dean Terry Brown and Associate Dean Brad Caskey for their continuing support of the Music Department and its programs in order to meet the professional standards of excellence required by NASM.” 

CAS Dean Brown commented in her report to NASM, “we are grateful for the thorough and constructive comments in the (NASM) report and believe the measures we have taken to address the concerns will help us maintain an excellent music program.” 

The Music Department and University received several commendations from NASM in the accreditation process. The NASM Commission  “commends the institution for a thorough and candid Self-Study and Optional Response.  The Commission further commends the institution for steps taken to identify necessary budget resources to support the music program at adequate levels.”  NASM “commends the institution for its ongoing, strategic approach to providing solutions for faculty workload, instrument acquisition, library funding, and soundproofing issues.”  The NASM Commission added, “these initiatives bode well for the institution’s future.”

For further information, contact Milne at david.a.l.milne@uwrf.edu.

About the University of Wisconsin-River Falls: UW-River Falls, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges (Midwestern University, Master’s category) and by the Princeton Review as “A Best in the Midwest” university, has more than 6,000 undergraduate students and nearly 500 graduate students. Its four colleges include Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education and Professional Studies, and Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.


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