Membership FAQs

 

How can my Institution Become an NPDA Member?

At the National Portfolio Day Association Annual Meeting in January, 2014, the organization voted to consider new members for the 2015-16 year through an application process.  Applications for membership were accepted from September 1 - October 31, 2014.

What is the Membership Criteria?

American NPDA members must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation, or hold not-for-profit status or sponsorship
  • Be accredited by one of the following US regional accrediting bodies (recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education):
    •     Middle States Association (MSCHE)
    •     New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC-CIHE)
    •     North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC)
    •     Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
    •     Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commision on Colleges (SACSCOC)
    •     Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission Sr. Colleges and Univ. (WASC-ACSCU)
  • Require a portfolio for admission to a majority of studio art and design programs
  • Be accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

 Canadian NPDA members must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation, or hold not-for-profit status or sponsorship
  • Hold membership in the Assoc. of Univ. and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
  • Hold “substantial equivalency” by NASAD for its art and design programs

 Other international NPDA institutions must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation, or hold not-for-profit status or sponsorship
  • Hold “substantial equivalency” by NASAD for its art and design
    programs
  • Show substantial equivalency or membership with an organization of standards similar to U.S. regional accreditation

 Any change to an institution's status must be reported to the NPDA officers, and may result in immediate removal from the organization.