The process of NEASC/CTCI Accreditation is multi-dimensional and continuous.
Accreditation signifies that a school/center is in substantial compliance with the CTCI Standards of Membership and adheres to all policies and procedures required for membership. To achieve and maintain accreditation, the school must be engaged in a process of continuous improvement relative to the Committee’s standards, which includes a comprehensive Self-Study, an on-site review conducted by a Visiting Team of peer evaluators, and engagement in follow-up activities in response to Committee actions. The results of the Self-Study are reviewed by a team of peer evaluators which visit the school/center in order to interview members of the staff and community, view the facilities, and observe classes in session. The Visiting Team writes a thorough report documenting its observations and recommendations. The report is then reviewed and considered by NEASC/CTCI when deciding whether or not to recommend an institution for initial accreditation or to reaffirm its accredited status. The report also serves as a roadmap for the school's improvement goals and planning. The grant of Accreditation is recognition that the school is achieving the goals it has set for itself and that these goals are educationally sound when measured against the CTCI Standards of Membership.
To assist schools/centers in preparing for the Accreditation process, the following resources are available:
Affiliation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Committee on Technical and Career Institutions (NEASC/CTCI) requires that Candidate or Member institutions remain in alignment with its Standards of Accreditation:
- Career and Technical Schools/Centers with Visting Teams scheduled through the fall of 2016 will utilize the 2009 Standards of Membership (learn more)
>> View/download the 2009 Standards of Membership (pdf)
- Career and Technical Schools/Centers with Visting Teams scheduled for 2017 and after will use the 2015 Standards for Accreditation (learn more)
>> View download the 2015 Standards for Accreditation (pdf)
Workshops for participants from a school who will serve on their internal Self-Study committee are conducted by CTCI to assist school with organization and preparation. Announcements of such workshops are sent to schools scheduled for visitation within the upcoming 1-2 years.
A list of policies to be utilized by Secondary Technical Schools are available as individual PDFs for viewing/downloading: