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NIU’s Paul Bauer elected as chair of Region 4 for National Association of Schools of Music

January 20, 2012
Paul Bauer

Paul Bauer

Paul Bauer, director of NIU’s School of Music, has been elected by his peers as chair of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Region 4.

He will serve on the NASM Board of Directors for three years. Region 4 includes Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“My 18 years of experience as a director of a school of music and NASM accreditation visits to 16 states informs my perspective in regard to music and arts in higher education,” Bauer said.

“I am interested in increasing discussion and consideration of matters such as the arts’ relevance to the broader community (music in K-12 schools/college general studies/advocacy) and higher education’s role in helping students cultivate professional career (entrepreneurship) skills.”

Founded in 1924, NASM is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with 641 accredited institutional members.

NASM is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the agency responsible for the accreditation of all music curricula, and it establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials in music.

NIU has been accredited by NASM since 1980, which affirms that NIU ascribes to, believes in and has met an external set of basic criteria for the programs it offers.

In some cases, accreditation assists in the transfer of credits from one institution to another. In all cases, it indicates that threshold standards are adhered to in a fashion that provides a base of academic strength and operational integrity.