The Department of Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). Founded in 1969, NAST is an organization of approximately 135 accredited institutional members made up of schools, conservatories, colleges universities. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.
The accreditation process includes 1) a self-evaluative description (self-study) of the institution or unit, 2) an on-site review by a team of evaluators, and 3) judgment by an accreditation decision-making body, normally called a commission. Accreditation reviews focus on educational quality, institutional integrity, and educational improvements.