The accreditation process can be daunting. The standards set by the regional accrediting agencies[3] are all open-ended—short statements which demand long responses—and misunderstanding of what kind of response is necessary is not only possible, but all too common.

Even those institutions merely seeking reaffirmation of their accredited status find the process enormously time-consuming–and expensive. (Princeton estimates that its most recent reaccreditation cost about $1 million).[4]  The usual reaccreditation starting point is the previous portfolio, which may be ten years old and always needs updating; and many of the people who wrote it likely have moved on or retired. In addition, there are new, critically important Department of Education requirements which must be addressed–especially those having to do with distance learning.

It’s not unusual for large universities to hire full-time employees to shepherd the accreditation process; but can your school afford to do so?  Everett Higher Education Consulting can take on much of the basic background work. Unlike other accreditation consultants whose primary function is to deliver workshops acquainting administrators and staff with the work they will then need to do, Everett HEC, already familiar with the process, can relieve your own folks of much of the accreditation burden.

We recognize accreditation as a process intended to be wholly owned and supported by the institution.  The accreditation document ought to be something entirely in keeping with an institution’s mission and vision statements, spelling out in detail how those goals are to be accomplished. Everett Higher Education Consulting can help you achieve that goal more quickly and with less stress on your people and your institution budget.

  1. [3] The regional agencies are:the New England Association of School and Colleges (NEASC);  the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE);  the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC);  the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC);  the two Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) groups, and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
  2. [4] Andrew P. Kelly and Mark Schneider, “Small Step for Quality Control,” Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2012