History

Singular Role

Founded in 1885, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. is the nation’s oldest accrediting association, serving more than 2,000 public and independent schools, colleges and universities in the six states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and American/international schools in more than sixty nations worldwide. It is characterized by a commitment to establishing and maintaining high standards for all levels of education (pre-K to doctoral level) within one Association. Since 1990, it remains the only one of the nation’s six accrediting agencies to promote collaborations for educational improvement beyond the region. Through the office of the President/CEO, the Association contributes to public policy and conducts research with a variety of national and international groups and develops assessment processes for other educational providers.

Formed as an educational entity in 1885, it received tax exempt status pursuant to 1954 Code section 501(c)(3) or its predecessor Code Section (July 1944, U.S. Department of the Treasury) and was incorporated as New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (changing the name from “New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Inc.”) under Articles of Amendment, General Laws, Chapter 180, Section 7, of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, filed December 10, 1971.
 
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