NECHE Accreditation Visit
November 7 – 10, 2021
Invitation for Public Comment
Rhode Island College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit from November 7-10, 2021 by a team representing the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
NECHE 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 220 institutions in the six-state New England region as well as several American-style institutions overseas.
Rhode Island College has been accredited by the Commission since 1958 and was last reviewed in 2011. Its accreditation by the Commission 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
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
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 10. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.
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.