New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Re-accreditation and Self-Study

Western NEASC Self-Study

Report from NEASC

Every 10 years, Western Connecticut State University is assessed for re-accreditation by the New England Association for Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  Our last review, in 2003, was very successful and identified some areas for the university to further address.

Two years ago, we embarked on the process to achieve re-accreditation. NEASC provides 11 standards that set goals toward which we are expected to strive.  These standards guide preparation of a Self-Study document.
A Steering Committee was established in May 2011 to manage our reaccreditation effort, develop a plan and timeline to complete the Self-Study and insure a transparent and inclusive process.

The data gathering, analysis and draft of each standard was completed by Standards Chairpersons and members. The drafts were critiqued by the Steering Committee and by members of the campus community in March. Then the document was reworked by Oscar De Los Santos, our designated Self-Study editor, to reflect a single voice. In April 2013, that document was released to the campus. Forums for faculty, staff and students were held to hear feedback. Additional editing was completed in early August.

Our Self-Study Report was formally submitted to the Visiting Team on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, along with materials about assessment, retention and graduation rates, and other important data that provide evidence for the claims we have made in the Self-Study. In addition, a list of supporting documents to include annual reports, catalogs, handbooks and specialized accreditation reports was provided.

Western hosted the NEASC Visiting Team from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, 2013.

At the conclusion of the meetings and interviews on our campus, the Visiting Team wrote a comprehensive report. This report forms the basis for the consideration of reaffirmation of accreditation for Western by the Association’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, which will occur in the spring.

Missy Alexander
Interim Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Co-Chair NEASC Reaccreditation Steering Committee

Dr. Ann Atkinson
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Co-Chair NEASC Reaccreditation Steering Committee