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Accreditations

Western New England University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.). Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of Western New England University. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
e-mail: info@neche.org

Invitation for Public Comments

Western New England University will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit in March 2022, by a team representing the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NEASC).

The New England Commission of Higher Education is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 220 institutions in the six-state New England region as well as several American-style institutions overseas.

Western New England University has been accredited by the Commission since 1965 and had its last Comprehensive Evaluation in 2012.  Its accreditation by the Commission encompasses the entire institution that includes our undergraduate and graduate programs.

For the past two years, Western New England University has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to:

Public Comment on Western New England University
New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100

Burlington, MA 01803-4514 E-mail: info@neche.org

Public Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators, or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments.

Public Comments must be received by March 9, 2022. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.

NECHE

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to Josephine Rodriguez, Director of Assessment, at jrodrigu@wne.edu.

NECHE/NEASC Documents

NECHE ACCREDITATION LIAISON OFFICER

Josephine S. Rodriguez
Director of Assessment
Office of the Provost
(413) 782-1692
E-Mail: jrodrigu@wne.edu

PRofessional/ Program Specific Accreditations