The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. is the nation’s oldest accrediting association, serving over 1500 public, independent, and international learning communities in the US and worldwide. It is characterized by a commitment to establishing and maintaining high standards for all levels of education within one Association. Since 1990, it remains the only one of the nation’s six accrediting agencies to promote collaborations for educational improvement among all levels of education. 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.