NEASC accreditation is a system of accountability that is ongoing, voluntary, and comprehensive in scope. It respects differences in institutional populations, missions, and cultures, and fosters institutional change grounded in the judgement of practicing educators. It is based on standards which are developed and regularly reviewed by the members and which define the characteristics of good schools and colleges.
Committee Standards are high and focus on virtually every aspect of a school or higher education institution’s operation. These standards often are accepted in substitution for standards set by state departments of education. Standards are reviewed periodically by the committee and the membership, reflecting the voluntary, independent nature of accreditation combined with recognition of pertinent state and federal regulations.