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Introduction to the Commission on Independent Schools 20|20 Standards (online course)

For independent schools in the US; view details...

This self-paced online course introduces participants to the principles and practices of NEASC Accreditation for independent schools in the US.

Important: This course was designed for independent schools located in the US only. If your school is located outside of the US, please search for events designated "International Education".

Mission-based, peer-reviewed accreditation depends on accreditors both understanding the intent of the Standards and applying that understanding to school realities. The surest measure of effective NEASC Accreditation is the understanding, skills, and confidence you bring to the process as either a Visiting Committee member or a Self-Study Steering Committee member.

This course will help you “think like an accreditor” as you evaluate the programs, practices, and approaches at your own school. The perspective you gain through this exercise will build a foundation for the workshop following this course. In this course, you will learn more on the following topics:

  • What is the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Independent Schools? 
  • Guide to the 20|20 Standards 
  • Foundation Standards and Indicators 
  • Program Standards and Indicators 
  • Guide to Assessing the Standards 

The course consists of five sections, which you can work through at your own pace. We appreciate your completion of the survey which appears at the end of the course. As you proceed through the course, please make note of which sections and/or Reflective Questions are most or least helpful to you. The more specific your feedback, the more helpful to us as we fine tune this course.


Course format: asynchronous
Course length: ~1 hour


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