News: CCU School of Music Accreditation Extended

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CCU School of Music Accreditation Extended Through 2026-2027 Academic Year

The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) has extended Colorado Christian University's School of Music accreditation through the 2026-2027 academic year. NASM is the national governing body for music higher education institutions.

"I could not be prouder of my team, our students, or our University," said Steven Taylor, dean of the School of Music. "I want to especially thank Sarah McLean and Dr. Mark Hudson for their work on this important project. The support of the University administration and the Board of Trustees has truly made the difference for us in this process. Thank you all."

The accreditation process with NASM has two components — organizations are evaluated on educational quality and institutional probity. This is accomplished through self-study and peer review on a regular basis. The University has been accredited with NASM since November 2004.

Taylor added that the planned construction of the Armstrong Center — a $30 million project intended to house the School of Music, a dedicated chapel, and the University library — was pivotal in the re-accreditation process.

"The Commission cited the new facility specifically as the integral component to our future," Taylor said.

The School of Music offers majors and minors in music composition, production and engineering, performance, music education, worship arts, music theatre, and theatre. Programs in music and theatre at Colorado Christian University are intended to foster self-discipline to prepare students for a life of contributions to society in either musical or non-musical careers.

NASM was formed in 1924 to develop standards for music higher education. It currently has approximately 650 member institutions including schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities. The stated purpose of the association is to advance the course of music in American life and especially in higher education; to establish and maintain threshold standards for the education of musicians, while encouraging both diversity and excellence; and to provide a national forum for the discussion of issues related to these purposes.