Do you or your department have responsibility for undergraduate or graduate new media education at the UO? If so, please read this , sign up for progress reports, and consider getting involved in the development process.
Since its creation in 1993, the New Media Consortium (NMC) has been a recognized leader in the fields of new media and new media arts, with a practitioner-focused approach to the programs and activities it sponsored.
Over the past few months, we have been approached by several of our members encouraging us to consider adding programmatic accreditation for new media and new media arts programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. We were further encouraged by a recent study by Edgar Huang of IUPUI that identified more than 170 academic programs in these disciplines in the US alone (see http://www.iupui.edu/~j21099/nmschools.html).
Currently there is no umbrella organization or mechanism to help these programs assess their quality. After considerable research and study, we have decided to take on that role as a major new thrust of the NMC.
The Board of Directors of the NMC made this new direction official at their September meeting via a unanimous vote to create an independent accrediting commission under the NMC umbrella whose mission will be to establish standards of quality and programmatic accreditation processes for undergraduate and graduate programs in new media and new media arts worldwide, much as other organizations accredit engineering, medical, or business programs. The new body will be called the NMC Commission on Accreditation.
The chair of NMC’s Board, Don Henderson, noted that, “There are hundreds of new media programs across the US, all facing similar challenges in making the case for quality. The NMC is the obvious choice to assume this critical leadership role for the field, and will work with faculty, deans and other academic leaders, industry, and other stakeholders to establish vigorous yet flexible standards that will strengthen the field of new media across the academy.”
Larry Johnson, CEO of the NMC, added, “For sixteen years, the New Media Consortium has been at the forefront of the dynamic and ever-changing landscape of new media. This new direction will help world-class new media programs engage in the sorts of self-examination, industry engagement, and continuous improvement that will keep them timely, focused, and able to attract faculty and students of the highest caliber.”
The new commission will begin work on standards and programmatic accreditation processes immediately, with the goal of accrediting its first programs within two years. Development of quality standards for new media and new media arts programs and the associated processes for assessing those standards will begin with a nationwide Call for Participation in Spring 2010. Once its standards and processes for accreditation are in place, the commission will seek formal recognition for its efforts from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
If you are interested in receiving notices related to the NMC Commission on Accreditation or the Call for Participation, please provide us your contact info via our online form at http://bit.ly/13cReS and we will ensure that you stay informed as to the progress of this work