Chabot College's Music Department recently became the first California community college to receive accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the primary accrediting body for music schools across the nation.
"Accreditation provides our students with opportunities to transfer to schools that will allow them access to careers in the arts that would otherwise not be available to them," said Deonne Kunkel-Wu, dean of arts, media and communications. "We are the first community college in California to be accredited by NASM and one of only approximately 30 in the nation."
During the accreditation process, representatives from NASM sat in on classes, listened to students perform individually and in groups, and conducted interviews. Also considered were student access and success, faculty excellence, institutional effectiveness, budget and planning, outcomes assessment, facilities and record keeping.
Out of the 189 schools that applied for accreditation, only three including Chabot were given the honor.
Chabot College in Hayward is one of two main campuses in the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, along with Las Positas College in Livermore.