NEASC Accreditation

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 9 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
  • Cathrine Frank, Associate Professor College of Arts and Sciences
  • Andrew Golub, Dean of Library Services
  • Jennifer DeBurro, Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life
  • Margaret Moremen, Director of Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
  • Holly Parker, Coordinator for Academic Innovations
  • John Tumiel, Senior Advisor to the President; Chief Compliance Officer

In June 2015, The Steering Committee selected UNE community members to lead Standards Committees that will investigate UNE’s compliance with the 9 NEASC standards.

NEASC Self-Study Standards Leaders:

Standard 1: Mission and Purposes

  • Anouar Majid, Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications
  • Bill Chance, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Standard 2: Planning and Evaluation

  • Ruth Dufresne, Research Associate, Center for Community & Public Health
  • Ellen Ridley, Assistant Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations

Standard 3: Organization and Governance

  • Dennis Leighton, Associate Professor and Chair of UNE Faculty Assembly
  • Sharen Beaulieu, Executive Director of Human Resources

Standard 4: The Academic Program

  • Karen Pardue, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Westbrook College of Health Professions
  • Susan Gray, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Standard 5: Students

  • Scott Steinberg, Dean of University Admissions
  • Laura Mathiasen, Student Success Coordinator

Standard 6: Teaching, Learning, & Scholarship

  • Stine Brown, Chair & Professor, Department of Biology
  • Emily Dornblaser, Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy
  • Susan Hillman, Director of the Center for Enrichment of Teaching & Learning

Standard 7: Institutional Resources

  • Nicole Trufant, Standard Chair, Vice President of Finance and Administration
  • Michael Daley, Associate Professor & Interim Chair, Department of Business
  • Stew MacLehose, Director of Library Digital Services
  • Craig Loftus, Chief Information Officer
  • Alan Thibeault, Assistant Vice President for Planning

Standard 8: Educational Effectiveness

  • Wallace March, Assistant Dean for Assessment & Accreditation, College of Pharmacy
  • Michael Cripps, Associate Professor, Department of English
  • Jennifer Mandel, Assessments Program Manager

Standard 9: Integrity, Transparency, & Public Disclosure

  • Nick Gere, Standard Co-Chair, Director of Research Administration
  • Crystal Canney, Director of Communications
  • Megan Rochelo, Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs & Research Integrity

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 on April 23-26, 2017 to conduct its own independent review. 

To view the video of NEASC Vice President Pat O’Brien’s NEASC Community Kick-Off presentation, please click here

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