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The New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE) continues to pay careful attention to the COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) situation.  In recognition of the improving circumstances in New England, but subject to change if conditions warrant, the status of Commission activities and reviews in Summer and Fall 2021 will be as follows: 

FALL 2021 on-site visits:  All comprehensive, focused, and substantive change implementation visits in New England will be conducted in person in accord with state and local/campus restrictions.  Requests for exceptions should be directed to Lawrence Schall, NECHE President, at    

International visits will continue to be conducted virtually with the requirement for an in-person review when travel conditions permit.  (See Policy on Virtual Visits and Guidance for In-Person Campus Visits as Part of a Virtual Visit.)

FALL 2021 Commission Meetings will be held in person. Meeting spaces will be arranged and other recommended measures taken to comply with CDC and other available guidelines to ensure the health and safety of participants. 

SUMMER & FALL 2021 Workshops:

  • Virtual:  Interim Report Workshop (July); Self-Study II Workshop (July); New CAO/ALO and New CEO Orientations (August)
  • In-person:  Evaluator Workshop (September); Chair Workshop (October); Self-Study Workshop (October)

The Annual Meeting (December 8-10, 2021) will be conducted in-person at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston. 

FALL 2021 Commission Staff Visits:  Depending on the institution’s preference, Commission staff will work with institutions either virtually or in person.  Commission staff continue to rotate between the office and working from home to ensure full coverage and availability to institutions.    

As the fall semester approaches, the Commission recognizes and will take into account institutional decisions about vaccine requirements and other measures in place to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. 

If you have any questions, please contact Lawrence Schall at