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Technical and Career School/Center Accreditation

The Committee on Technical and Career Institutions (CTCI) accredits comprehensive technical high schools and career centers throughout New England to assure the public about the quality of a particular institution and to enter into a partnership with it for its self-improvement. Accreditation is achieved by applying the Committee's Standards of Accreditation through a deliberate process of voluntary self-regulation and peer review. 

Accreditation is a voluntary undertaking by an educational institution. As such, the value is intrinsic. The benefit is in the doing - in the exercise of conducting an in-depth self-reflective analysis of one’s center or school based upon the Standards of Accreditation.

The validity of the self-study process is justified by a team of volunteer peer reviewers representing career and technical institutions from throughout New England who visit the school or center on a regular cycle every five years. The Visiting Team looks to validate the school or center’s self-study report through direct observation of its practices and through interviews with key constituents (students, teachers, administrators, parents, community representatives, business partners). The Visiting Team Report will include detailed analysis of each academic and technical program, as well as an analysis of the school or center’s practices relative to the standards. It is vitally important to note the formative nature of the team’s visit and report. The peer evaluators function as “critical friends” who provide commendations and recommendations that assist the institution’s improvement process.

The Committee’s evaluation and accreditation activities are directed to secondary institutions whose mission is career and technical in nature. Geographically, the Committee limits its scope to institutions in the New England States; the Committee sets no international limits. At the postsecondary level, non-degree granting institutions are currently included in the Committee’s scope. 

The History of CTCI

In 1968, the then Executive Committee of NEASC appointed an ad hoc committee to survey vocational, technical education in the six New England states to determine if the need existed for an accreditation process to serve that community of institutions. Following an intensive two-year study, the ad hoc committee in 1970 recommended to the Executive Committee of the Association that a Commission on Vocational, Technical Institutions be created. The Executive Committee favorably acted upon the recommendation, and the Commission was established effective December 2, 1970. The Executive Committee, in consultation with the ad hoc committee and the [former] Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, determined that the purview of the new Commission would be secondary (9-12 and 9-PG) and postsecondary institutions (non-degree and associate degree). The name of the Commission was officially changed to add the word "Career" on December 7, 1975. A further name change was approved in 1992 when the Commission became the Commission on Technical and Career Institutions. In 1994, the Commission was granted baccalaureate degree jurisdiction for institutions that offer a baccalaureate degree and whose mission remains career and technical in nature. In 2002 it was determined that all degree granting postsecondary institutions would move to the [former] Commission on Institutions of Higher Education over a five-year transition period. That process was completed in December 2008.