Now it’s not just the colleges themselves that will be dealing with accrediation changes.

In an effort to help other colleges avoid an unfortunate situation like that at Brandies University, the American Association of Museums recently announced new accreditation standards, for university art museums. In order to be accredited the museum will now need specific written support from the affiliated university. The university now needs to demonstrate:

The parent organization’s commitment that it will not consider the museum’s collections as disposable assets [and] the parent organization’s commitment to use its resources to support the museum and its mission, and to protect the museum’s tangible and intangible assets held in the public trust.

Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art is seeking to renew accreditation. The school’s board of trustees thus became the first American school to pass a resolution explaining its support for maintaining the integrity of its art museum. According to an article in Inside Higher Ed, the board agreed the university would “protect the museum’s assets, both tangible and intangible.” [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer