GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ACCREDITATION AND CIHE
- What is accreditation and why is it important?
- Are there different kinds of accreditation?
- What is the difference between accreditation and state licensure?
- Can a U.S. institution be governmentally accredited?
- Does NEASC accreditation include online programs and branch campuses?
- Who is on the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education and what do they do?
- Who evaluates the Commission?
- How are decisions made about an institution’s accreditation status?
- Who are the peer evaluators who visit campuses under review?
- How does an institution become accredited by NEASC? How long will it take?
QUESTIONS ABOUT INSTITUTIONS AND PROGRAMS
- Does NEASC recommend or rank colleges?
- How can I find out if an institution is accredited by NEASC?
- Does NEASC accredit the professional program at my institution?
- I’m applying for a job and have to prove that I graduated from an accredited institution. Can you help me?
- I need an Apostille, how do I obtain one?
- How can I get a copy of an institution’s self-study?
- Does accreditation guarantee that my credits can be transferred?
- Does accreditation guarantee that my undergraduate degree will be recognized for graduate school or professional licensing?
- What happens to my records if my college closes?
- How can I let the Commission know about a concern I have about an institution?
INFORMATION ABOUT DEGREE MILLS AND ACCREDITATION MILLS
The public is alerted to the serious risks of unaccredited institutions offering degrees of questionable merit, referred to as "degree mills." Of equal concern are institutions claiming to hold accreditation from what may be dubious accreditors, referred to as "accreditation mills." For current information on such practices, check: http://www.chea.org/degreemills&accreditationmills
Accreditation is a status that provides assurance to prospective students, their families and the general public that an institution meets clearly stated Standards for Accreditation and that there are reasonable grounds to believe the institution will continue to meet those standards in the future. More information about accreditation is available on this website and from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation www.chea.org and the Department of Education http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html?src=qc.
Q: How does an institution become accredited by NEASC? How long will it take?
The Commission determines whether or not an institution may apply for candidacy only after comprehensive review and on-site evaluation. The process begins with an in-person interview with Commission staff at the NEASC offices. The length of time to candidacy depends on a number of factors, including how long the institution has been in operation and the results of its on-site evaluations. Once candidacy is achieved, an institution must progress to accreditation within five years. More information about candidacy may be found here.
For further information please contact Sara Hart at Apostille@neasc.org
Cost for one Apostille is $50.00.
Cost for two Apostilles mailed to one address is $56.00
Cost for two Apostilles mailed to two different addresses is $100.00