Standards & Indicators

Standards for Accreditation and Indicators

Accreditation of an institution by NEASC indicates that it meets or exceeds NEASC Standards and criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation has two faces: quality assurance and school improvement. Attention to the former has proved essential in defending the independence of schools and providing relief from external regulation. The primary function of accreditation, however, is school improvement.

Independent schools must meet all fifteen Standards for Accreditation that are published here. If a school is found not to be in compliance with one or more, the Commission on Independent Schools will set a date by which the standard(s) must be met if the school is to retain its accreditation.

The Commission has established lists of “suggested indicators” for each standard that it feels represent good practices and that it encourages schools to meet. Schools are not required to comply with all indicators, however, and are welcome to submit other data and information to document their compliance with the standards.

You can review individual standards at the left of this page or you can Print Standards only or Print Standards and Indicators in pdf format.

(Standards and Indicators were last revised June 2017.)