NECHE (NEASC) Accredited - What it means & why it’s important

The University of New England has been continuously accredited by NEASC since 1966. Our dedication to accreditation affirms UNE’s culture of continuous reflection and assessment in our learning community as well as helping UNE set and pursue its strategic goals.

In 2018, NEASC separated its higher education commission out into an individual organization called NECHE. This restructuring does not affect UNE’s accreditation status; from our perspective, it is simply a name change.

About NECHE

The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is now the federally recognized regional accreditor for the six New England States after assuming the business functions of the Commission previously managed by NEASC. The Commission states that its “dual role of quality assurance and quality improvement remains in place.” You can find more information about the change in the Commission’s announcement letter.

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.
Regional accreditation is generally intended for non-profit academic schools (public or private), whereas national accreditation is generally for for-profit schools that offer vocational, career, or technical programs. Regional accreditation bodies tend to be older, more prestigious, and their standards are typically more stringent than national accreditation bodies.

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.

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