New England Association of Schools and Colleges

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) is the United States' regional accreditation association providing educational accreditation. NEASC serves over 2,000 public and independent schools, technical/career institutions, colleges, and universities in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), plus international schools in more than 65 nations.[1] Its headquarters is in Burlington, Massachusetts.[2]

New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Legal statusAssociation
PurposeEducational accreditation
HeadquartersBurlington, Massachusetts
Region served
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and 65+ nations around the world
Executive Director
Cameron Staples
Main organ
Board of Trustees, Commissions

NEASC is made up of three commissions: 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. The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly part of NEASC, was organized in late 2018 as a separate and independent entity, in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Education.[3]

NEASC Accreditation[4] is a system of accountability that is ongoing, voluntary, and comprehensive in scope. It is based on a rigorous set of standards that encompass all aspects of a school, center, or institution’s operation. In accordance with the independent, voluntary nature of accreditation, the standards are developed and reviewed periodically by the NEASC commissions and the membership in order to remain in alignment with current research, best practices, and pertinent governmental regulations in the US and abroad. It does not compare or rank schools, but rather respects differences in institutional populations, missions, and cultures, and fosters institutional growth.

See also


  1. History Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine, NEASC website, accessed June 19, 2011
  2. NEASC map/directions
  3. "The Higher Ed Connection". New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  4. Accreditation FAQ

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