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New England Association of Schools and Colleges

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization which connects and serves over 1500 public, independent, and international learning communities in the US and worldwide. Founded in 1885,[1] the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) has been working to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education longer than any other accreditation agency in the United States. A globally recognized standard of excellence, NEASC Accreditation attests to a school’s high quality and integrity.

New England Association of Schools and Colleges
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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 which work in close partnership to ensure quality education for all students: 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.

NEASC Accreditation[2] is a system of accountability that is ongoing, voluntary, and comprehensive in scope. It is based on a rigorous set of Standards which define the characteristics of high quality, effective learning communities and 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 ranks schools, but rather respects differences in institutional populations, missions, and cultures, and fosters institutional growth grounded in the experience and expertise of practicing educators.

Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts[3], NEASC focuses on holistic approaches to improving education and partners with schools and other organizations all around the world to do so. NEASC is dedicated to helping schools reach their individual goals, and to supporting a quality educational experience for all students.[4]

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  1. ^ NEASC History
  2. ^ Accreditation FAQ
  3. ^ NEASC map/directions
  4. ^ "NEASC Mission".

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