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Mitchell College Undergoes Evaluation for Re-Accreditation

Mitchell College is currently engaged in a re-accreditation process with the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), with whom the College has been accredited since 1956. The College was last reviewed in 2013.

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. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, NECHE accredits approximately 220 institutions in the six-state New England region as well as several American-style institutions overseas.

Mitchell College recently completed an 18-month self-study, “Building Forward for a Kaleidoscope of Learners,” focused on NECHE’s Standards for Accreditation. Faculty and staff from across the College comprised nine Standard Work Groups (SWGs) that were formed across functional areas to emphasize collaboration, maximize access to campus knowledge and optimize effectiveness.

“Mitchell College’s self-study process has been an opportunity for institutional self-reflection with community engagement, communication and transparency,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Elizabeth A. Beaulieu, Ph.D.

The SWGs compiled materials and led institution-wide engagement around Mitchell College’s accomplishments and goals aligning with NECHE’s Standards:
• Mission and Purposes
• Planning and Evaluation
• Organization and Governance
• The Academic Program
• Students
• Teaching, Learning and Scholarship
• Institutional Resources
• Educational Effectiveness
• Integrity, Transparency and Public Disclosure

As part of the re-accreditation process, an evaluation team will visit Mitchell College April 16-19, 2023 to confirm the accuracy of the self-study. Following their visit, the team will make a recommendation for continuing NECHE accreditation status for the College.

Also part of the process, the public is invited to submit comments to NECHE about the College, addressing substantive matters related to its quality. Submit comments to:

Public Comment on Mitchell College
New England Commission of Higher Education
301 Edgewater Place, Suite 210
Wakefield, MA 01880

Comments must be received by April 15, 2023.