Review Team Report
Review Team Final Report, Submitted to the Commission, January 2022
What’s Next for Accreditation?
In March/April 2022 the Commission will meet with President Sánchez and the review team chairperson, Dr. Sue Henderson, to discuss the self-study, the review team report, and any other documents related to the process. Subsequently, the Commission will notify the College and the review team of its action on accreditation status. For more information, see the “Commission Review and Decision” tab below.
The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is recognized as the leading accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NECHE also accredits a dozen international institutions. The Commission consists of faculty, administrators, and trustees from affiliated institutions and a number of public members as well as a staff led by Dr. Lawrence Schall. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits.
As the authority and guardian of standards of excellence in higher education, NECHE embraces the roles of mentor and connector as it guides institutions through the rigors of the accreditation process. NECHE is respectful and responsive, committed to institutional success and improvement, and committed to balancing its responsibility to members institutions and members of the public, including prospective and current students,
RIC has been engaged in the comprehensive evaluation process (read more about the process below) the Commission requires institutions to undergo every ten years. Under the leadership of a Steering Committee, committees made up of faculty and staff have written a self-study that evaluates the degree to which the college meets NECHE standards for accreditation. Watch for more information about the NECHE evaluation team visit, November 7 – 10, 2021.