COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Update

The New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE) is paying careful attention to the COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) situation.  In recognition of the current circumstances, the Commission has postponed its Spring 2020 international visits.  Commission staff will work with affected institutions to reschedule these visits.

Staff are currently contacting domestic institutions with Spring 2020 visits to discuss options for the review and will be informing team members as soon as a decision is made.

NECHE will continue to monitor the situation and post updates as needed.

We refer you to the Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Higher Education’s newly established website,, which provides guidance on a number of topics including approval to offer distance education, length of academic year, and accommodating students whose enrollment is disrupted by Coronavirus . Additional guidance for interruptions of study related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here.

We recognize that institutions are making changes in the academic calendar and modes of delivery to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff while ensuring the best possible academic experience possible in these circumstances, in light of the Commission’s Standards and policies and federal guidance.  We appreciate hearing from institutions about these accommodations.

The American Council on Education (ACE) and the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) have compiled a set of resources for institutions and governing boards:
ACE Resources and Guidance for Institutions
Coronavirus Resources for Higher Education Governing Boards

Resources for offering programs online are available at:
Building a Community of Learning
Remote Teaching Resources for Business Continuity

On March 20, the Commission contacted each member of the New England Congressional delegation urging financial support for our region’s colleges and universities. Please click here to read the letter.

On March 25, President Barbara Brittingham sent a letter on behalf of the Commission to institutional CEOs and others.  Please click here to read the letter.

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Brittingham at (781) 425-7747 or

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