Dear members of the Dartmouth College community,
I am writing to let you know that we have successfully concluded our reaccreditation process. In July the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) informed us that they will continue the College’s accreditation.
NEASC’s action concludes the reaccreditation process we began more than two years ago with the completion of our self-study. Last fall, an evaluation team visited campus and met with several hundred faculty, students, and staff. The team’s report commends us for the “exceptional” quality of the liberal arts education arising from “the excellence and diversity of Dartmouth’s faculty and students, the inspired leadership of its president and senior administration, and the dedicated support of its valued staff.”
The team also identified opportunities for improvement, including: a comprehensive review of the undergraduate curriculum, creating and improving assessment practices to improve student learning outcomes, and intensifying synergies across the institution to benefit the educational program.
NEASC affirmed the team’s findings and made special note of our commitment to collaboration across the institution and our curricular and administrative innovations. In keeping with NEASC’s practices, the College will submit an interim report in 2014. In addition to information included in all interim reports, NEASC asks that we give emphasis to our success in the following areas:
1) Alignment of the anticipated growth in operating expenses with projected resources;
2) Strategic planning, including a review of our undergraduate curriculum;
3) Incorporation of learning assessments in the faculty of Arts & Sciences;
4) Dartmouth’s new program in Health Care Delivery Science
Our next comprehensive evaluation will take place in fall 2019, with preparations beginning about 1-2 years prior.
President Kim and I would like to thank everyone who worked to complete our self-study and who met with the evaluation team in November. The enormous accomplishments and hard work of our faculty, students, and staff over the last decade were apparent throughout this process. We have much to be proud of and, as the evaluation team and NEASC noted, we are well positioned to effectively complete strategic planning. We look forward to working with all of you to ensure Dartmouth continues to offer an unparalleled learning experience.
Every ten years, Dartmouth College, like other colleges and universities in the United States, participates in a voluntary regional accreditation process. The accreditation process provides an opportunity for self-reflection and external feedback to allow Dartmouth to continually improve.
Accreditation is a non-governmental, non-profit, self-regulatory, peer review process based on rigorous standards, in light of their missions.
Because accreditation is a process of self-regulation, it requires that institutions engage periodically in a comprehensive and candid self-study of their own strengths and weaknesses. Self-study is at the heart of accreditation, serving both external and internal purposes: quality assurance and institutional improvement through rigorous self-analysis. It also provides a basis for the Commission's evaluation in accordance with its Standards for Reaccreditation.
There are seven regional accrediting bodies. Dartmouth College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
Last Updated: 8/24/11