NEASC 2010-2012 Accreditation

The 2010-2012 NEASC Self Study website is designed to provide all of the documents necessary to understand and fully participate in the accreditation process.

Fitchburg State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of NEASC is the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Additionally two institutions in Greece, three in Switzerland, and one in Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Bermuda, and Lebanon, respectively, are also affiliated with CIHE. In total, 247 institutions of higher education are evaluated by NEASC. The Commission consists of twenty-four elected commissioners and more than one thousand volunteers from the faculty and administration of its affiliated institutions. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits.

On March 4th - 7th, 2012, Fitchburg State will be having its site visit for NEASC. To prepare for this visit, each institution is asked to create a 100 page self-study where we reflect upon how the University meets the standards for accreditation that have been established by and for the institutions of our region. Accreditation is a voluntary system of self-regulation carried out by peer review in which Fitchburg State will be found to meet or exceed a set of standards. In short, the accreditation process looks at our university mission as measured against the standards of the higher education community. This will require evidence, appraisal, and candor as we both look back at what we have done and then look ahead to the future.

Demystifying NEASC Presentation

As well as the PowerPoint presentation from Assessment Day, 1/17/2012 (PPT).

If you have any questions or comments for the NEASC Committee members, please use the following email address: Neasc2010@fitchburgstate.edu.

NEASC Open Forums

Please join the AUC and NEASC Steering Committee members to discuss the draft document of the Self-Study on:

  • September 27th or 29th, or October 3rd, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. in Randall Science Lecture Hall
  • The final copy of the NEASC Self-Study (PDF)

NEASC 2010-2012 Committee Membership

NEASC 2010-2012 Steering Committee

Steering Committee Minutes

The NEASC Steering Committee will meet on the following dates. All meetings will take place in the President's Hall from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2011

  • September 13th, 2011
  • October 12th, 2011
  • November 7th, 2011, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., President's Hall
  • November 21st, 2011, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., President's Hall
  • December 5th, 2011, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., President's Hall
  • December 19th, 2011, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., President's Hall

Spring 2011

  • February 14th, 2011
  • March 7th, 2011
  • April 11th, 2011
  • May 2nd, 2011 - Location: President's Conf. Room
  • May 9th, 2011
  • May 16th, 2011 - Location: Miller Oval
  • May 23rd, 2011 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., President's Hall
  • May 25th, 2011 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Location: President's Hall
  • June 15th, 2011 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Location: President's Hall
  • June 23rd, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Location: President's Hall

Meeting Dates

Subcommittee on Mission & Purposes
(Standard 1, 2, 3)

  • 1/18/2011, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Percival 203
  • 1/25/2011, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., President's Hall
  • 2/8/2011, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., President's Hall
  • 2/22/2011, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., President's Hall
  • 3/8/2011, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., President's Hall
  • 3/22/2011, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., President's Hall
  • 4/12/2011, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., President's Hall
  • 4/26/2011, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., President's Hall

Subcommittee on Academic Program & Faculty
(Standard 4, 5)

  • 2/8/2011, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Miller Oval
  • 2/22/2011, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Percival 210
  • 3/8/2011, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Percival 210
  • 3/29/2011, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Percival 210
  • 5/3/2011, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Alumni A
  • 5/12/2011, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Alumni A
  • 5/19/2011, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Alumni A

Subcommittee on Students
(Standard 6)

  • 1/6/2011, 1:00 p.m., Sanders Conference Room (Standard 9)
  • 1/21/2011, 1:00 p.m., CTL (Standard 7)
  • 1/26/2011, 2:30 p.m., IT Conference Room (Standard 8)

Below is information to help you through the Self-Study process, such as NEASC due dates, links to NEASC Self-Study Guide and Standards for Accreditation.

Important NEASC Dates to Remember

Important Links to NEASC Documentation

Other Helpful Links