The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization which connects and serves over 1500 public, independent, and international schools in the US and worldwide. Founded in 1885, NEASC (nē-ăsk) has been working to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education longer than any other accreditation agency in the United States.
A globally recognized standard of excellence, NEASC Accreditation attests to a school’s high quality and integrity. The Association’s purposes are exclusively educational. It serves the public interest, the educational community, and the students within the educational system by:
- establishing and maintaining high standards of educational excellence
- utilizing assessment processes which focus on institutional evaluation and self-improvement through effective comprehensive self-reflection and peer review.
NEASC is made up of three Commissions which work in close partnership to ensure quality education for all students: the Commission on Independent Schools (CIS), the Commission on International Education (CIE), and the Commission on Public Schools (CPS). The commissions decide matters of accreditation in the context of research-driven standards reviewed by their membership.
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.
The Association is managed by a Board of Trustees, which oversees the affairs of the Association. The various Commissions are empowered to manage their own accreditation processes and procedures and apply their standards as they see fit, once the Association Board of Trustees has approved those standards. Additionally, the Board of Trustees is empowered, upon the recommendation of a Commission, to grant candidacy or initial accreditation and to serve as a mechanism through which institutions may appeal an adverse action regarding their affiliation.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is an advocate of educational quality and its improvement. Drawing upon its considerable experience, it serves as a public policy resource on issues related to the condition of education in New England, the US, and in the international learning communities it serves. Professional staff is available to ensure full participation at all levels ranging from accreditation to educational partnerships that strengthen education. The Association is private, nonprofit and thus uniquely positioned to work in partnership with other organizations on a regional, national and international scale as it works to sustain and advance the principles of self-regulation and peer review with a goal of improving education.