//But aren't SCAD classes only 2 and a half hours long (compared to most art schools' six)? And they also have shorter semesters. I thought that was part of why it didn't meet NASAD requirements//
01. SCAD classes typically meet twice/week for 2 1/2 hours for a total of 5 hours. Once upon a time I thought this might have been a reason, but considering the next point it is not. Also, some studio classes might be longer - like a painting studio perhaps. I don't have access to this information and don't remember ever knowing/asking.
02. I have no idea about other colleges except that RIT classes were also 2 1/2 hours each and twice a week with the exeption of a few studio classes for which students received additional credit.
I'm familiar with the art program at Georgia Southern University. A few SCAD profs have some previous experience at GSU. Their classes are 2 1/2 hours and meet twice/week. They are NASAD accredited.
03. Many schools use the quarter system instead of semesters. This is not an issue.
So the question remains unanswered. All I can suggest is what I offered in my previous post as possibilities. I know for a fact that SCAD skirted the issue of exceeding limits on athletic scholarships by inventing the idea of Presidential Scholarships - full scholarships based upon whatever criteria the Rowans decided to apply....and/or the college had really nasty relationships with faculty and students for a few years in the early 1990s.
I think Richard Rowan had a huge ego and said,"this is my damn college, I started it and I'm going to run it the way I want!" He stepped on a lot of toes in the process, and I'm sure he violated one or more standards. He is long gone however and based upon my observations and review of NASAD standards, I can find no specific reason for the college not to fully qualify.
Regardless, the college is accredited by SACS which ensures that appropriate pedagogical policies and practice is in place. Yes, there must have been a reason, but I am pretty darn sure it no longer exists, or that if it does it does it does not detract from the quality of the education received by students. They are doing great things!
Also, being SACS accredited, there are no issues with transferring credits, nor do prospective employers give a hoot. At that point it all comes down to portfolio, portfolio, portfolio.
By the way, I will reveal that I was a Professor at SCAD and I was one of those that was fired by the college for non-academic reasons. I did not reveal this previously because legal agreements prevent me from speaking or offering opinions publicly, and that is all I will say further for the same reason.
Here is a link to the NASAD Handbook. http://nasad.arts-accredit.org/site/...2008_2ndEd.pdf