Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
cronayne [at] qcc.mass.edu
Worcester, MA – November 25, 2013 – From November 3 through 6, QCC hosted a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) for the purposes of evaluating the college for re-accreditation. Initial feedback from the team was positive; QCC is reaccredited through 2016.
QCC has been accredited by the Commission since 1967 and was last reviewed in 2003. Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process of self-regulation of higher education that serves two purposes: assuring the public of a quality education and fostering institutional improvement. Accredited institutions undergo comprehensive evaluations at least every ten years.
Founded in 1885, NEASC is the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association whose mission is the establishment and maintenance of high standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to the doctoral level. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 240 institutions in the six-state New England states.
Accreditation is a self-regulatory, peer review process based on rigorous standards. Colleges and universities are judged based on self-evaluations analyzing how well they meet these standards, in light of their mission. Campus-wide efforts came together in the work to produce QCC’s Self‐Study report, which can be viewed at www.QCC.edu/NEASC-self-study-2013. Among 11 standards that are evaluated are “Mission and Purposes,” “Organization and Governance,” “The Academic Program” and “Library and Other Information Resources.”
NEASC serves more than 2,000 public and independent schools, colleges and universities in the six states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and American/international schools in more than 67 nations worldwide.
Dr. Grace Sawyer Jones of Three Rivers Community College, in CT served as Chair of the site visit team.
Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.