The University of New England has begun the institutional accreditation process that will include a self-study report and independent review of UNE’s education programs in April 2017. This process affirms UNE’s culture of continuous reflection and assessment in our learning community; the resulting self-study report helps UNE set and pursue its strategic goals.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC CIHE) is the regional accrediting agency for more than 200 colleges and universities across New England, including UNE. As the nation’s oldest regional accrediting body, NEASC's mission is to establish and maintain high levels of education from pre-kindergarten through the doctoral level. In the United States, accreditation is an important way for students, families, government officials, the press and the public to know that an institution or program provides a high-quality education. Generally, these complete institutional reviews occur every ten years.
Accreditation is important because:
- The process is a mechanism by with the University ensures the highest possible quality through peer review.
- The federal government requires that a college, university, or program be accredited in order to be eligible for federal grants, loans, or other federal funds, including research funds.
- Employers often ask if a college, university or program is accredited before deciding to provide tuition assistance to current employees. Accreditation is also vital in evaluating the credentials of employment applicants, or making a charitable contribution.
- State governments require that a college, university, or program be accredited when they make state funds available to students or institutions, and when they allow students to sit for state licensure examinations in many professional fields.
NEASC provides 11 Standards for Accreditation that direct the preparation of the institutional self-study report. In December 2014, UNE established the NEASC Self-Study Steering Committee that will guide the community through this valuable process. These individuals are:
Ellen Beaulieu, (Co-Chair) Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Michael Sheldon, (Co-Chair) Associate Professor and Program Director Department of Physical Therapy
Jim Koelbl, Provost and Senior Vice President
Cynthia Forrest, Vice President for Student Affairs
Cathrine Frank, Associate Professor College of Arts and Sciences
Andrew Golub, Dean of Library Services
Margaret Moremen, Director of Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
John Tumiel, Senior Advisor to the President; Chief Compliance Officer
Holly Parker, Coordinator for Academic Innovations
The Steering Committee will select UNE community members to Standards Committees that will investigate UNE’s compliance with the 11 NEASC standards. A successful self-study will rely on the entire UNE community’s input and feedback, which will be sought through surveys, interviews and “town hall” style meetings. After the final self-study is submitted to NEASC in late 2016, a Visiting Committee assigned by NEASC will come to UNE in April 2017 to conduct its own independent review.
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