NASD Handbook

Handbook and Any Current Addenda

NASD Handbook 2023-24 (PDF file)

Includes current NASD standards and guidelines for accredited institutional membership for degree- and non-degree-granting institutions in dance, as well as the Association’s Constitution, Bylaws, Code of Ethics, and Rules of Practice and Procedure. It incorporates all recent revisions ratified by the NASD Membership, Board of Directors, and/or Commission on Accreditation through September 2022.


All institutions and evaluators must follow standards and guidelines reflected in the latest edition of the NASD Handbook and any addenda current at the time of application.

In addition to the standards in Standards for Accreditation, Section II. of the Handbook, (1) free-standing dance institutions of higher education that offer professional education and training in dance are reminded that Standards for Accreditation XX. apply and must be addressed, and (2) proprietary institutions of higher education must demonstrate compliance with Standards for Accreditation XXI.