Public Notice: Comprehensive Review of Standards Pertaining to Free-Standing Theatre Institutions of Higher Education and Proprietary Institutions


February 10, 2020

In August 2015, NAST began a multi-year review of its standards and guidelines. The first phase of the review focused on the standards of graduate studies in theatre. The second phase focused on the standards for undergraduate studies in theatre. The third phase focused on non-degree-granting studies in theatre. The fourth phase focused on the standards pertaining to purposes and operations, two-year degree-granting studies, and applicable appendices. This phase will focus on specific operational standards for free-standing theatre institutions of higher education and specific operational standards for proprietary institutions of higher education.

The comment period extends from February 10 to April 27, 2020. We invite all representatives of member institutions, constituencies, theatre professionals, deans, accreditors, students, interested parties, and the general public to engage in this review. The comments received in this comment period will influence any proposals for changes to the standards.

NAST will hold an open hearing to discuss these sections of the Handbook during the NAST 2020 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. This open hearing will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 10:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Please click here to download a copy of the current standards under review.

Please visit Comprehensive Standards Reviews for more information regarding the NAST comprehensive standards review process. You may also find helpful information, instructions, and a Response Form by visiting Reviewing and Commenting on NAST Standards, as well as Frequently Asked Questions regarding the NAST standards in general and the standards review process.

Please forward comments by April 27, 2020 to:

Jenny Kuhlmann
Communications and Publications Coordinator
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS OF THEATRE
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, Virginia 20190
Phone: 703-437-0700, Extension 112