New England Association of Schools and Colleges

As the oldest school accreditation organization in the United States, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) has accredited private and public schools across Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine since 1885. Unlike many of the accrediting agencies, NEASC does not just accredit post-secondary institutions, they also accredit elementary, middle, and high schools nationwide.

Because there are so many different types of schools under the web of this organization, NEASC is divided into several different commissions that focus on each level of school. This distinction is important in the accreditation process as different schools and types of educational settings will have different standards, educational outcomes for learners as well as different educational goals. Some of the divisions include specific accrediting commissions for trade and vocational schools, public schools, private schools, and technical and career schools and institutions.

Students who attend a NEASC-accredited school will receive an educational experience that meets or exceeds the standards set down by the Commission. It also assures students that the staff, faculty, and administration within the accredited school are committed to providing a well-rounded and quality education for all students. The accreditation process also means that the degrees or certificates granted by the school will be recognized by other accredited institutes.

Further information on the types of accreditation commissions through NEASC can be found at http://www.neasc.org/.

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