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.
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.
The next comprehensive review will be in 2020. Dartmouth will submit a fifth-year interim report in 2015.
Last Updated: 9/25/14