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As of December, Emmanuel College continues to be accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Planning for re-accreditation began in 2011. Since then, NEASC has noted significant changes in many aspects of Emmanuel College including enrollment, faculty appointments, new academic programing, strategic planning and engaging the campus community in the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. All of this has happened since the previous comprehensive evaluation in 2003. The commission notes that EC has excelled in its “informative and forthright self-study that documents the ‘transformation’ the institution has undergone” in the time period.
What does it take for a school to earn NEASC accreditation? The commission has a checklist of 19 items it requires from a college. These range from the collegiate-level of classes to the contents of the school’s website. Some of these requirements are easily completed while others require more effort. Once everything is said and done, the college is awarded NEASC accreditation, raising it to a new standard among institutions.
The next comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for the fall of 2022. In the time period before this however, the commission requires progress reports to be submitted in 2015 and 2017. In these reports, the commission wishes to see advancements in specific fields, such as clarifying college policies and procedures, enhancing systems for shared governance, and assessing student achievement.
The full letter sent to Emmanuel College regarding its accreditation can be viewed on the portal for those who are interested. The NEASC requirements can be found on their website as well.