In 2018, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) completed a corporate restructuring to align with the US Department of Education’s requirement that our higher education commission (CIHE) operate as a “separate and independent” entity. CIHE now operates as the New England Commission of Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE) and we continue to operate as NEASC. Complying with this legal requirement ensures that NECHE will remain the gatekeeper for access to federal financial aid by students of New England’s colleges and universities.
Our NECHE colleagues will continue to be located within the NEASC suite of offices and share resources with the three NEASC Commissions. The restructuring has been seamless and will enable both entities to pursue their unique missions as well as to collaborate across the K-16 continuum in ways that serve the interests of our entire membership. NEASC remains committed to working closely with our higher education colleagues to explore opportunities to enhance the value of accreditation in supporting the educational success and college readiness of our students.