NEASC accreditation attests to substantial compliance with established qualitative standards; integrity in statements to the public describing the school’s program; school commitment to improvement; and sufficiency of institutional resources.
Benefits for Schools:
- Externally, accreditation is a statement of the institutional health of the school, of its adherence to standards, and of the integrity of its programs. Accreditation is an assurance of quality to teacher candidates and to families of prospective students, to the state, to foundations, to other schools, and to colleges.
- Internally, accreditation is a powerful vehicle for school change and improvement. Schools learn about themselves and set goals for the future in a comprehensive self-study. They then benefit from the observations and recommendations of a group of peers from other schools who conduct a formal visit and observe the school in action over four days. The Commission oversees the school’s ongoing response to recommendations and monitors its continued compliance with the Standards.
Benefits for Students:
The greatest benefit of accreditation for students is in the strengthening of their school. Accreditation is an assurance of quality that other schools and colleges may rely upon in granting transfer credit for courses and/or for interpreting transcripts. In most cases, students in non-accredited schools can gain similar recognition of their work by providing more extensive documentation of the work they have done.