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Input sought for reaccreditation

by Karen A. Grava - October 23, 2006

The University is preparing for its 10-year reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools and College Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Comments from the University community are now being sought on the reaccreditation self-study, which has been prepared as part of the reaccreditation process.

Reaccreditation is being managed by a committee working on each of the NEASC standard requirements.

The committee doing the self-study is headed by Karla Fox, a professor of business law and special assistant to the provost.

The self-study focuses on 11 standards: mission and purpose; planning and evaluation; organization and governance; the academic program; faculty; students; library information and resources; physical and technological resources; financial resources; public disclosure; and integrity.

The draft report prepared by the committee will be posted to the Web by the end of the week at the accreditation website.

"Comments from the community on this draft are welcome and necessary to complete this process," Fox said.

"The committee has worked hard to address each of the requirements of NEASC.

After comments are reviewed, the report will be finalized."

The final version of the report will be sent to NEASC and posted on the Web in early December.

A NEASC team will visit the university from Jan. 28 to Jan. 31.

The Commission on Institutes of Higher Education is part of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, one of eight regional accrediting bodies for educational institutions in the United States.

Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole.

The commission, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 250 institutions of higher education in the six-state New England region. UConn has been accredited by the commission since 1931.

Accreditation is important, Fox said, because it is required for federal grants, research funds, and student loans; because employers often ask if a college, university, or program is accredited before deciding to provide tuition assistance to current employees, when evaluating the credentials of employment applicants, or before making a charitable contribution; and because state governments require that a college, university, or program be accredited when they make state funds available to students or institutions or allow students to sit for state licensure examinations in many professional fields.

Comments on the draft may be e-mailed to neasc@uconn.edu.  

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