The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization which connects and serves over 2,000 public and independent schools, technical/career institutions, colleges and universities in New England plus international schools in more than 65 nations worldwide. Founded in 1885, NEASC has been working to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education – from Pre-Kindergarten to the doctoral level - 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 four Commissions which work in close partnership to ensure quality education for all levels of education, from pre-K to the doctoral level: the Commission on Independent Schools (CIS); the Commission on International Education, PS-12 (CIE), the Commission on Public Schools (CPS), and the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). The four 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 and in the international school 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.