Frequently Asked Questions
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a statement by an independent body serving the public and educational community that affirms that an educational institution meets high standards of effectiveness.
Why pay attention to accreditation now?
UMass Lowell is undergoing evaluation by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, one of eight accrediting commissions in the U.S. The Commission accredits approximately 200 institutions in the six New England states. Each accredited institution is reviewed at least once every 10 years.
Does accreditation matter?
YES! Accreditation is vital to UMass Lowell. It assures the public and funding agencies of the institution's integrity and overall educational quality. It affirms the value of a UMass Lowell degree.
What is required for accreditation?
NEASC requires processes of self-evaluation and peer review utilizing the Association's goals to assure and improve the quality of institutions.
What does self-evaluation involve?
NEASC requires schools and colleges seeking reaccreditation to prepare a document reporting on eleven standards: university mission/goals, evaluations, governance, programs and instruction, faculty, student services, library and information resources, physical and financial resources, public disclosure and integrity.
For more than a year, nearly 100 people on campus have been involved in developing a self-study report. The final document is now available.
When is UMass Lowell's peer review visit scheduled?
The Site team visit will be Oct 6, 7 and 8th. The final exit interview will be held on Oct 9th.