SHU to Undergo NEASC Accreditation Review; Public Comments Welcome

News Story: January 11, 2013

Sacred Heart University will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit on April 7-10, by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 240 institutions in the six-state New England Region.

Sacred Heart University has been accredited by the Commission since 1969 and was last reviewed in 2003. Its accreditation by the New England Association encompasses the entire institution.

For the past year and a half, Sacred Heart University has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to:

        Public Comment on Sacred Heart University
        Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
        New England Association of Schools and Colleges
        3 Burlington Woods #100 
        Burlington, MA 01803
        E-mail: cihe@neasc.org.

Public Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrations or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include name, address and telephone number of the person providing the comments.

Public Comments must be received by March 7. The commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.

Related links:

> NEASC Summary Standards

> NEASC Roster of Institutions


SHU's NEASC reaccreditation visit took place April 7-10, 2013. After the site visit, the NEASC team chair sent the University a draft report for review. The President reviewed the draft report and replied to issues of factual and interpretive accuracy on July 31. NEASC will further review their report and take action at the November 21 meeting of the Commission of Higher Education.