Since 1929, Bates College has been accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NEASC is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits. NEASC currently recognizes a total of 239 institutions as accredited members.

Every ten years, Bates College, like all other colleges and universities accredited by NEASC, engages in a comprehensive evaluation of the institution in the form of a self-study and a visit from external reviewers. Bates’s last full reaccreditation occurred in 2010 and the college recently completed its Five-Year Interim Report, which Bates faculty and staff can find here. Both the self-study and the Five-Year Interim Report provide an opportunity for Bates to reflect upon its effectiveness as an institution, student learning, and the ways in which it can continually improve.

For more information about NEASC accreditation, please visit the NEASC website. If you have questions related to NEASC accreditation at Bates, please contact Kathy Low in the Dean of Faculty’s office or Tom McGuinness in the Office of Institutional Research, Analysis, and Planning.