Public comments for Wheaton’s upcoming reaccreditation visit

Mary Lyon on a sunny day

Wheaton College will undergo a comprehensive re-evaluation visit on March 24-26 by a team representing the New England Commission of Higher Education, which is affiliated with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The New England Commission of Higher Education (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. The commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 240 institutions in the six-state New England region.

NECHE (formerly known as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education) last renewed the college’s accreditation on July 1, 2010. The commission’s accreditation encompasses the entire institution.

For the past year and a half, Wheaton College has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the commission’s Standards for Accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the college’s self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the commission will itself take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to:

Public Comments on Wheaton College
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Dr., Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
Email: ceihe@neasc.org

Public comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators, or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments.

Public comments must be received by March 26. The commission cannot guarantee the comments received after that date will be considered.