Emerson College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit on September 18-21, 2022, by a team representing the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NEASC).
The New England Commission of Higher Education 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 220 institutions in the six-state New England region as well as several American-style institutions overseas.
Emerson College has been accredited by the Commission since 1950 and was last reviewed in 2013. Its accreditation by the Commission encompasses the entire institution.
Emerson is a private, independent, nonprofit college fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) [formerly by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)] as recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Emerson is also accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (for its master's degree in communication disorders), and the Massachusetts Department of Education (education preparation programs in the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Performing Arts).
The College will undergo full review for reaccreditation with NECHE in Fall 2022.
Emerson was reaccredited by NEASC in 2013, with a five-year review completed in Spring 2018. The NEASC letters and reports may be accessed by clicking the appropriate report in the bullet point list above (after logging in with your Emerson College username and password).
The reaccreditation process involves review, reflection, assessment, and planning by administrators, faculty, students, and members of the professional community.
- 2018 NEASC Fifth-Year Interim Report
- 2018 Response Letter from NEASC
- 2016 NEASC General Approval for Distance Education
- 2013 NEASC Reaccreditation Letter
- 2013 NEASC Re-Accreditation Self-Study Report 2012–13
- 2013 NEASC Visiting Team Final Report
Emerson College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits. NECHE is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), affirming that its Standards and processes are consistent with the quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established.
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
info [at] neche.org