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NEASC Policies and Bylaws

Please click on individual policies listed below to view the details. Please direct any questions regarding these policies to the Executive Office c/o Kathy Willis, kwillis@neasc.org.

Bylaws of the Association

Important Notice:

Proposed amendments to the NEASC Bylaws were reviewed and approved during the Board of Trustees meeting held on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 in Boston, MA. The Bylaw amendments reflect the recent corporate restructuring and the relationship between NEASC and NECHE. 

PDF icon NEASC Bylaws 2018-12-12.pdf

Release of Information by NEASC

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., in recognition of its responsibility to affiliated institutions, governmental agencies and the general public to make readily available accurate, fair and pertinent information about the accreditation status of its members and candidate institutions, maintains online directories of member and candidate schools listed under the appropriate Commission. The specific information provided relates to school data and Commission actions and includes:

  • name and address of the institution
  • status of the institution (accredited or candidate)
  • for Accredited schools, the year of initial accreditation/membership
  • for Candidate schools, the year of affiliation
  • chief administrative officer of the school
  • when applicable, an indication of probationary status

In addition, a Commission may elect to publish and disseminate information regarding the last and/or upcoming date(s) of review of an accredited or candidate institution.

After each meeting of the Board of Trustees, the following information is released by NEASC:

  1. actions taken by the Association granting candidacy for accreditation or initial accreditation;
  2. adverse actions (i.e., denial of candidacy for accreditation, termination of candidacy for accreditation, denial of accreditation, placement on probation or termination of accreditation) taken by the Association after the right of appeal has been exhausted. In these cases, the effective date of and the reasons for the action are also released. In addition, for institutions placed on probation, the relevant Commission’s plans to monitor the institution are stated.


NEASC Accredited institutions are encouraged to make information about their accreditation status publicly available. View some ideas to promote your NEASC Accreditation.

Appeal Procedures

View the Policy and Procedures for the Appeal of Adverse Action Affecting Institutional Accreditation or Candidate for Accreditation Status (approved 2009).

Please note these procedures will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees at their February 7-8, 2019 meeting.

Volunteer Policy

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is a voluntary association which depends on its membership to identify volunteers to conduct the process of peer review. Accordingly, it is a requirement that member institutions identify a specific number of highly qualified volunteers annually. The specific number of volunteers to be identified is determined by each institution’s commission and may vary from commission to commission due to the varying sizes of visiting teams.

Member institutions will be reminded periodically that providing and supporting volunteers is a condition of membership.

Approved: Board of Trustees, Dec. 1, 2004

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