New England Association of Schools and Colleges

The stately old campuses and cutting-edge technical schools of New England are under the jurisdiction of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  This is the oldest of the Regional Commissions, formed in 1885.

The New England Association has grown to include six bodies, governing different types of schools. These include the Commission on Public Elementary and Middle Schools (CPEMS), the Commission on Independent Schools (CIS), the Commission on American and International Schools Abroad (CAISA) and the Commission on Public Secondary Schools (CPSS).

The two that concern us here are the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) and the Commission on Technical and Career Institutions (CTCI). They both have jurisdiction over post-secondary schools:  the CIHE governs Colleges and Universities, while the CTCI oversees Vocational and Technical institutions.  In the case of institutional accreditation, both on-campus and distance education are accredited.

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges now accredits over two hundred and forty community colleges, universities and a wide variety of other schools throughout the six states of New England and overseas. A few of their accredited members are career-oriented, like the seminaries devoted to theological training, or the United States Coast Guard Academy.

The Commission on Technical and Career Institutions accredits some technically-oriented high schools, but also certain career and technology centers throughout the New England area. What‘s the difference is between career training accreditation at the regional and national levels?  Regional Accreditation is more difficult to achieve, so courses from schools which achieve Regional Accreditation may be taken more seriously by prospective employers. If you did want to apply your academic credits to some future college or university program, Regional Accreditation would more likely be accepted.

Region:                 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont and                                  certain international schools.

Address:              209 Burlington Road, Suite 201, Bedford MA 01730-1433

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE)   Website: http://cihe.neasc.org/

Roster of Institutions:  http://cihe.neasc.org/about_our_institutions/roster_of_institutions/

Phone:                 781-541-5414                     Fax:        781-271-0950