NASAD and Cumulus representatives met on October 10, 2010
NASAD the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, USA and Cumulus established a formal basis of cooperation on 10 October 2010.
The joining forces were agreed during the Cumulus Executive Board meeting hosted by AIGA in New York in March 2010. The meeting was attended by NASAD with its Samuel Hope, Executive Director and Karen P. Moynahan, Associate Director. Cumulus Executive Board III member Fred Murrell was an important flagship carrier for this meeting.
NASAD, founded in 1944, is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities. It has approximately 297 accredited institutional members. NASAD is an organization of institutions in the United States of America engaged in professional and/or preprofessional education and training in art, design, media, film/video, and related fields. Membership in the Association is through a process of educational accreditation. NASAD is a private-sector, not-for-profit organization operating under laws applicable in the United States, and is recognized under certain federal statutes by the United States Department of Education. It provides a broad range of accreditation, statistical, professional development, and policy analysis services.
Cumulus and NASAD established a formal basis of cooperation; to engage issues of common concern related to the future of the fields they address and to the preparation of professionals in those fields; to foster communication and exchange internationally among institutions that prepare art and design and media professionals; to develop the basis for joint efforts on artistic, intellectual, social, statistical, and financial issues of common concern; and to increase opportunities for students, faculty, administrators, and others to experience and learn from study and work internationally.
Cumulus and NASAD share common purposes in support of art, design, and media and education in art, design, and media. However, each organization has its own distinct mission and functions in support of these purposes. It is recognized that each organization maintains a distinctive set of relationships with its own members, and with educational and other governmental authorities in various nations, states, and provinces. For all these reasons and many others, this agreement and any operations based upon it shall at all times preserve the autonomy of each party.
Cumulus and NASAD will maintain a formal consultative relationship and work for the achievement and quality in the higher education in the arts.