Art & Design earns distinction; Business is reaffirmed


The Department of Art & Design at UIndy has been accredited as a full member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, a designation held by only a dozen college art programs in the state.

“It puts our program on a par with any other school in Indiana,” said Associate Professor and Department Chair Jim Viewegh. NASAD also gave final accreditation approval to the department’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication Design, making UIndy the only private college in Indiana with a professionally accredited graphic design program. Art & Design has been an associate member of NASAD for five years and recently completed the rigorous process of applying for the 10-year full membership. The department’s faculty and staff had to prepare an extensive report documenting practices and policies within the department and across the University.

Meanwhile, the international Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs has reaffirmed its accreditation of School of Business programs at UIndy’s home campus and the branch campus in Athens, Greece. This is the second 10-year reaffirmation the School of Business has received, certifying that its teaching and learning processes meet the rigorous ACBSP standards. The group’s assessments are analogous to an ISO audit in industry.

“Ultimately, this represents a strong third-party stamp of approval,” said School of Business Dean Sheela Yadav. “Our faculty have invested tremendously in program assessment, curriculum evaluation, and reflection on student performance. The site visitors ranked our continuous quality improvement efforts in the top 20 percent of business schools.”