The process of self-study and peer evaluation is essential to accreditation. In order to be of assistance to institutions and teams who complete this work, the Commission provides training and published materials.
Publications on this website may be downloaded and duplicated. Printed copies may be purchased by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-Study Guide 2018
The guidebook covers topics related to the creation of the self-study for a comprehensive evaluation: Commission expectations, planning an effective process, components of the self-study, exhibits and evidence, and a number of relevant policies.
Standards for Accreditation 2021
Covering nine areas of institutional academic and administrative operations, the Standards are largely qualitative, in keeping with their need to apply to a variety of institutions with different missions. The Standards are updated at least every ten years, with the participation of member institutions, to reflect the Commission’s heightened emphases and to anticipate future directions of the higher education community.
You can download a pdf version of the 2021 Standards for Accreditation or search the Standards in detail by clicking here. Printed copies of the Standards can be ordered for $10 each by submitting a request to email@example.com.
(effective January 1, 2021)
Accreditation is a private, voluntary system of self-regulation that relies on peer evaluators. Visiting teams are provided with in-person training and written materials to prepare them for evaluating institutions in light of mission.
Candidacy for Accreditation
Institutions interested in exploring candidacy for accreditation should work closely with Commission staff.
An institution must first meet the Requirements of Affiliation (100) before it can be approved to apply for candidacy. The candidacy procedure for institutions in New England is explained in the publication Becoming Accredited: A Guide for New England Institutions. The procedure for free-standing institutions abroad is explained in the publication Becoming Accredited: A Guide to Eligibility, Candidacy, and Initial Accreditation for Free-Standing Institutions Abroad.
Becoming Accredited: A Guide for New England Institutions
Becoming Accredited: A Guide to Eligibility, Candidacy, and Initial Accreditation for Free-Standing Institutions Abroad