The University of New England (UNE) underwent its 10-year comprehensive review by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in April 2017. This process affirms UNE’s culture of continuous reflection and assessment in our learning community, and the resulting self-study report helps UNE set and pursue its strategic goals. The University has been successfully and continuously accredited by NEASC for more than 50 years.
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.