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Santa Clara University's de Saisset Museum Receives Highest National Recognition
Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – April 13, 2010 – Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum has again achieved accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded to the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The de Saisset was initially accredited in 1979. All museums must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status.
Accreditation is a very rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considers the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation. While the time to complete the process varies by museum, it generally takes as long as three years.
“The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University is proud to be one of three museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Association of Museums. I wish to thank the museum staff and board, university administration, and all our volunteers for their commitment to public service and institutional excellence,” says Rebecca M. Schapp, director of the de Saisset Museum.
“This is a tribute to the quality of the de Saisset Museum and to the contribution it makes to both the Santa Clara University campus and the community. We are proud to receive this recognition from the American Association of Museums,” said Don Dodson, Senior Vice Provost of Santa Clara University.
Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, 775 are currently accredited. The de Saisset is one of 60 museums accredited in California.
AAM Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for 35 years, AAM’s museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. It strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and remain financially and ethically accountable ý all in order to provide the best possible service to the public.
“Accreditation is emblematic of an institution’s commitment to public service and to overall excellence,” says Ford W. Bell, AAM president. “Attaining accreditation involves taking a hard look at yourself, allowing your peers in the field to do the same, and being judged to be superior in all areas. The Santa Clara community can take great pride in the fact that their local institution is one of America’s premier museums.”
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