The College is up for reaccreditation in 2020.
Dartmouth is beginning the first phase of a two-year-long reaccreditation process—a self-study conducted by faculty and administrators with community input.
“Reaccreditation is an invaluable opportunity for us to reflect on our progress on our strategic goals and our commitment to our mission and purpose,” says President Phil Hanlon ’77. “It’s also a chance to shine light on areas that may need more attention, get objective insights from our peer institutions, and look ahead to what we want to accomplish in the future.”
Dartmouth’s accreditation is reviewed every 10 years by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The nongovernmental, nonprofit, self-regulatory peer review process is intended to provide public assurance of institutions’ educational quality. While accreditation is not mandatory, some federal funding is tied to it, and it is a key validation of an institution’s reputation.
The NEASC reaccreditation process evaluates the entire institution—the undergraduate college and graduate and professional schools—on nine standards: mission and purpose; planning and evaluation; organization and governance; academic program; students; teaching, learning, and scholarship; institutional resources; educational effectiveness; and integrity, transparency, and public disclosure. The professional schools receive additional accreditation through appropriate credentialing organizations.
The process has three phases: the internal self-study, an onsite evaluation by senior leaders from peer institutions, and a review and final decision by NEASC.
President Hanlon has named F. Jon Kull ’88, the dean of the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, to chair the steering committee that is leading the process.
“The steering committee is looking forward to a thorough discussion of Dartmouth’s goals and aspirations and a frank assessment of how well we are doing what we say we want to do,” says Kull.
Interim Provost David Kotz ’86 will serve on the steering committee, along with all academic deans and several other senior leaders (a full list of the committee membership is posted on the reaccreditation website). In addition, an implementation group has been created to reach out to stakeholders throughout the community and draft Dartmouth’s self-study report.
The reaccreditation process begins this month and will follow the timeline below:
In addition, every five years Dartmouth submits an interim report to NEASC reflecting on its progress since the last comprehensive review. The next five-year report is expected to be due in 2025.
More information about the accreditation process and past reports are available online.
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