From 1929 until 2018, Bates College has been accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). In August of 2018, in response to federal regulations, CIHE changed its name to the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and became independent of NEASC. NECHE will be the body that accredits Bates now and in the future. Working in the Northeast accreditation region, NECHE 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. NECHE currently recognizes a total of 228 institutions as accredited members.

Every ten years, Bates College, like all other colleges and universities accredited by NECHE, engages in a comprehensive evaluation of the institution in the form of a self-study and a visit from external reviewers. Bates’ last full reaccreditation occurred in 2010 and the college completed its Five-Year Interim Report in 2015, which Bates faculty and staff can find here (login required). 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 NECHE accreditation, please visit the NECHE website. If you have questions related to NECHE accreditation at Bates, please contact Don Dearborn, the faculty chair of the 2020 reaccreditation, or Matt Duvall in the Dean of Faculty’s office.

As part of our fall 2020 comprehensive evaluation, we have posted an invitation to public comment for those seeking to comment on substantive matters related to the quality of Bates as an institution.