Standards Revision Process

Standards Revision Process

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education has recently completed a process to review and revise its Standards for Accreditation. The process of revision is consistent with Commission policy. The Standards were last revised in 2006, with a mid-term update in 2011.

In October and November of 2014, nine meetings were held around New England and one in London for international members, to gain members’ feedback on the current standards and their ideas for the revisions. Here is a PDF link of the PowerPoint presentation used at the Fall 2014 meetings. A report of these meetings and next steps in the process was given at the Commission business meeting at the NEASC Annual Meeting December 10-12, 2014 in Boston.

The Commission also prepared a Standards Revision Discussion Paper, available from this link.  A series of meetings was held in Spring 2015 to discuss the issues outlined in the paper.

In August 2015, following considerable input from the Fall 2014 meetings, discussion and feedback on Standards Revision Discussion Paper, and the Commission’s own discussions, a first draft version of the revised Standards for Accreditation was released. The August 2015 draft was discussed at 12 meetings, including eight regional meetings, during October and November 2015.  Here is a PDF link of the PowerPoint presentation used at the Fall 2015 meetings.

At its November 2015 meeting, the Commission considered the input from the Fall 2015 meetings as well as approximately 200 comments submitted by email and post and prepared a second draft version of the revised Standards for Accreditation, which was released in late November. The November 2015 draft was discussed at the NEASC Annual meeting, December 9-11, 2015 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel.

At a special meeting on January 14, 2016, the Commission considered all of the input it had received and voted to adopt the new Standards for Accreditation. The 2016 Standards, which are effective as of July 1, 2016, are available from this link.