The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) since 1963 and this accreditation encompasses the entire institution.
As of August 1, 2018, the CIHE-NEASC became an independent corporation called the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). NECHE establishes and maintains high standards of educational excellence through self-evaluation and peer review. Institutions demonstrating they meet these standards are accredited. NECHE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Interim Fifth-Year Report, required by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly NEASC), follows up on the 2009 decennial and the 2013 Focused Visit self-study reports and the associated external evaluations and recommendations of the Commission.
The purpose of the Interim Fifth-Year Report process is to reflect on the shifting profile of and ongoing improvements to the institution over the past five years as well as to assess the impact of these changes as the University moves forward with the implementation of its strategic plan, UMassDTransform2020 and its associated Mission and Vision.
The preparation of the Interim Report was supervised by the Office of the Provost working with a core committee of faculty, staff and administrators with contributions from numerous campus members.
As discussed in the Report, the institution has made substantive strides toward addressing the goals identified in the 2009 self-study and Areas of Emphasis identified by NECHE (formerly NEASC), during a time of significant shifts and gradual recovery of the United States economy.
This report elaborates on how the institution and its faculty, staff and administrators have adapted to the constantly changing environment of higher education, as we continue to focus on the success of our students and strive to achieve Doctoral Research University status.
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