Standards

2010 SECAC Policy for Visual Arts Education

Adopted at the 1995 SECAC Conference in Washington, DC, first amendment at the annual meeting in Jacksonville, FL, in October 2004, and second amendment at the annual meeting in Richmond, VA, October 2010.

POLICY STATEMENT

In order to sustain exemplary visual arts education, SECAC endorses these goals and responsibilities as a statement of policy for all levels and the varied settings within the visual arts:

  • Goal 1 - Programs. Promote comprehensive and equitable visual arts education inclusive of Pre K-20 programs that may lead to career and life-long opportunities in schools, colleges, universities, museums and in cultural or community settings.
  • Goal 2 - Research. Actively encourage and implement research in visual arts education that supports the development of research-based practice and the creation of local, state, and national policies which demonstrate valuing of student achievement in the visual arts.
  • Goal 3 – Employment. Review and revise standards for faculty employment, work place conditions, and dispositions for exemplary classroom teaching, museum education, and community organizations that provide leadership within professional associations and accrediting agencies.
  • Goal 4 - Recognition. Review and revise criteria for professional recognition of academic and/or creative scholarship, teaching excellence, and service to the profession which improves teaching and learning in the visual arts at any level or setting.

POLICY POSITIONS

Objectives and strategies supporting the Visual Art Education Goals for Programs, Research, Employment and Recognition:

Objective for Goal 1 Programs: Support faculty involvement in defining and developing policies and standards for practice at their institutions that reflect the value of a comprehensive and equitable arts education and that supports inter/intra institutional and community collaboration.

  • Strategy 1a. Provide rigorous and comprehensive academic Pre K-20 programs in visual arts education which incorporate national standards of excellence such as those recognized by professional organizations.
  • Strategy 1b. Support admissions criteria to teacher development programs at the college and university level that are based on standards of excellence and provide access to all qualified people.
  • Strategy 1c. Advocate broad audience participation in the visual arts through the auspices of visual arts education and comprehensive programming in public and private community venues which recognize that contemporary and relevant issues are expressed in both art and in society.
  • Strategy 1d. Articulate that best practices and pedagogical training for Pre K-12 be adapted at other levels of instruction in the arts.
  • Strategy 1e. Foster Pre K-20 art teacher preparation programs that provide curricula and field experiences in teaching art to students with special needs in inclusive settings.
  • Strategy 1f. Foster Pre K-20 art teacher preparation and commitment to the utilization of cutting edge technological advances in visual and digital arts instruction.
  • Strategy 1g. Foster faculty commitments to community outreach, utilization of community-based resources, and encourage participation in policy planning for improving visual arts education throughout communities.

Objective for Goal 2 Research: Support faculty engagement in research and assessment that address current issues influencing art education.

  • Strategy 2a. Engage in research/evaluation/development projects with local Pre K-20 schools to establish best practices in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment and in local settings.
  • Strategy 2b. Strive for collaborative policy development and initiatives between/among higher education institutions, recognizing that research in art education is a vital link between the visual arts, humanities, and the social/natural sciences.
  • Strategy 2c. Support the development of art assessment means for students Pre K-20 and build upon knowledge gained from the past and current National Assessment of Educational Progress Visual Arts Report Cards.
  • Strategy 2d. Assist in the development of assessment and evaluation procedures for art education programs at all levels.
  • Strategy 2e. Develop public policy initiatives that support visual arts in the Pre K-20 curriculum by encouraging collaborations with state, local, and national organizations.

Objective for Goal 3 Employment: Support faculty involvement in establishing guidelines for hiring, retention, tenure, promotion, and professional development for art education faculty that are in keeping with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

  • Strategy 3a. Recommend that those who teach art education at the post secondary faculty hold the terminal degree in education (Ed.D or Ph.D) emphasis in art education.
  • Strategy 3b. Engage in hiring practices for faculty/program staffing that consider national standards of excellence as provided by professional organizations.
  • Strategy 3c. Support awareness and advocacy for workplace and climate issues impacting all professional workplace settings, particularly, at the post secondary level.
  • Strategy 3d. Establish appropriate guidelines defining retention, tenure, promotion, and salary increases for art education faculty.
  • Strategy 3e. Assist in the development of assessment and evaluation procedures for art education programs at all levels.
  • Strategy 3f. Encourage best practice in curriculum and pedagogical training for Pre K-20 teachers to be adapted at other levels of instruction in the arts.
  • Strategy 3g. Foster faculty commitments to community outreach and policy planning for art education throughout the community.
  • Strategy 3h. Recommend qualified, certified art teachers at early childhood, elementary, and secondary levels, and actively assist in teacher preparation, mentoring, and professional development.

Objective for Goal 4 Recognition: Review and revise criteria for professional recognition of academic and/or creative scholarship, excellence in teaching, service to the profession that improves teaching and learning in the visual arts at all levels and settings.

  • Strategy 4a. Provide leadership opportunities and training to work within and across disciplines and organizations.
  • Strategy 4b. Support the establishment of awards to recognize and honor both academic and creative research, as well as excellence in teaching and service/ leadership to the profession.
  • Strategy 4c. Support the development of outreach and collaborative connections with art galleries, museums and/or the community settings.

POLICY IMPLEMENTATION

Faculty responsibilities and actions for implementing policies which address Visual Art Education Goals:

  1. Define and develop standards that reflect the value of art education and assign responsibilities and rewards for policy-related activities in all recognized local, state, regional, and national organizations.
    1. Foster greater participation by higher education faculty in leadership positions through appropriate means, such as
      1. rewards for service
      2. recognition of art education as contributing to improving curriculum and pedagogy at the college and university level, and
      3. greater integration with studio disciplines and art history.
    2. Consider college/university art galleries for contributions to the development of outreach activities.
  2. Engage in (defining) public policy through leadership activity by art education faculty and roles fostered by appropriate administrative support and adjustments in work assignments.
  3. Cultivate partnerships outside the visual arts for the benefit of art education.

POLICY DISSEMINATION

Organization and member actions for dissemination of policies which address Visual Art Education Goals:

  1. Develop a statement to be disseminated to institutions of higher education that explains the importance of faculty involvement in policy making at the local, state, regional, and national levels regarding visual art education.
  2. Publish/link to noteworthy policy articulations on the SECAC website.
  3. Develop electronic means to share library resources and image databases at SECAC member institutions with public school students either on-site or electronically.
  4. Seek endorsement and distribution of the SECAC Visual Arts Education Policy Statement by local, state, regional, and national Pre K-20 institutions and associations.

Committee Members:

Thomas M. Brewer, Chair
Professor, College of Education
University of Central Florida

Ronald Aman
Assistant Professor
West Virginia University

Byrna Bobick
Assistant Professor
University of Memphis

Read M. Diket
Professor of Art and Education
William Carey College

Victoria Fergus
Associate Professor
West Virginia University

Karen Heid
Assistant Professor, Department of Art
University of South Carolina

Mary Lou Hightower
Associate Professor
University of South Carolina Upstate

Sheri Klein
Professor
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Linda K. Neely
Associate Professor
Lander University

Audra Price-Pittman
Chair of Professional Education
Savannah College of Art and Design

Richard Siegesmund
Associate Professor
University of Georgia

Susan J. Slavik
Associate Professor of Visual Arts
Coastal Carolina University

Anne C. Grey
Graduate Student, Adjunct Professor
University of Central Florida

2010 UCF Graduate Participants:

  • Chad Allman
  • Krista Beavers
  • Kathryn Bryan Bethea
  • Kelli Coats
  • Ruth Currey
  • Mary Edenfield
  • Chrystal Henry
  • Jason High
  • Kristy Hilfinger
  • Stephanie Jordan
  • Jennifer Kessler
  • Jack Krzyminski
  • Maribel Lopez
  • Dawn Mauldin
  • Megan Sellner
  • Jennifer Swanson

2011 Endorsement

Tennessee Art Education Association (TAEA), January 2011.

2010 Endorsement

The Florida Higher Education Arts Network (FHEAN), January 2010.

Related Organizations 

American Association of Museums
American Association of University Professors
College Art Association
Foundations in Art: Theory and Education
International Council of Fine Arts Deans
National Art Education Association
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

2004 Committee Members:

Thomas M. Brewer, Chair
Associate Professor
University of Central Florida

Richard Siegesmund
Assistant Professor
University of Georgia

Robert Mode, Professor
Department of Art
Vanderbilt University

Read M. Diket
Director of Honors Program
William Carey College

Charles Bleick, Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Art Education
Virginia Commonwealth University

Cynthia Colbert, Professor
Department of Art
University of South Carolina

Susan Slavik
Assistant Professor
Coastal Carolina University

Mary Lou Hightower
Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina Spartanburg

2004 UCF Graduate Participants:

  • Melanie J. Goodman-Smith
  • Clinton W. McCracken
  • Ami Patel
  • Jay C. Triplett

2004 Endorsements

The Florida Higher Education Arts Network, January 2004.
Pinellas County Public Schools, Largo, FL, November 2005.
Brevard County School District, Viera, FL, December 2005.