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Invitation for Public Comments

Rhode Island College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit on October 30 through November 2, 2011 by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

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.

Rhode Island College has been accredited by the Commission since 1958 and was last reviewed in 2000. Its accreditation by NEASC encompasses the entire institution. For the past year and a half, Rhode Island College 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 Rhode Island College
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road, Suite 201
Bedford, MA 01730-1433
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, administrators, or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments.

Public Comments must be received by November 2, 2011. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.