New England is the birthplace of public education in the United States. NEASC members share a historic commitment to ensuring that all children receive the highest quality education. In 1885 Charles William Eliot, President of Harvard University and founder of NEASC, aspired to create a professional organization that could assess and ensure the quality of institutions of higher education. Imbued with the culture of excellence and scholarship that President Eliot brought from Harvard, NEASC has never waivered from his founding principles in over 130 years of quality assurance and institutional improvement work.
Founded in 1885
Formed as an educational entity in 1885, NEASC 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 and 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.