New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

See our current NECHE accreditation status


Upcoming 2023 Self-Study

There are 3 areas we are focused on this fall.

1. Preparing for writing the self-study.

The time has come to begin our 10-year self-study for NECHE accreditation due June 2023 and site visit in fall 2023.  The content of the self-study explores and highlights how we meet each of the NECHE standards and our plans for continuous improvement. For the self-study, we have created a committee of diverse members from across the university to focus on different aspects of the self-study (list of those on committee). Teams have been convened to begin work on addressing all of the elements of each standard. Each sub-committee has 2 co-chairs: 1 faculty member and 1 administrator. Please see the UNH Timeline for collecting and distilling data, information and feedback for the self-study.

If you would like to learn more about what the NECHE accreditation site visit involves, see this short slide deck with information.

2. Academic Assessment Plans for each degree program.

We have made excellent strides in getting all degree programs to have assessment plans to formalize actively reflecting on their curriculum (using data).  We are working to support programs still needing plans, so that by September we can say that all programs have assessment plans. Regardless of approaches to assessment, each program should have a document clarifying the process and certifying the process is completed. This may include documentation in faculty meeting minutes or by a more formalized approach that is dated and archived each year.

In December 2022, all programs need to have collected data and will need to be prepared to explain what evidence is used in program self-study, to determine how well the program is delivering its academic intentions (e.g., information on student learning outcomes).  This will include describing any changes made as a result of the self-study.

Here is a checklist for programs to review the quality of an assessment plan. For resources on program assessment, go here: Assessment SharePoint Site

3. Syllabi Collection and Review. 

We are collecting and reviewing syllabi to ensure UNH courses meet the expectations of (1) federal and regional accreditor guidelines; (2) student rights, rules, and responsibilities; and (3) (if applicable)  discovery and writing intensive course guidelines. Share your syllabi by emailing them to Jen Lehmann. After syllabi have been reviewed, an aggregate report will be shared with the community that identifies the ways in which UNH syllabi are, and are not, including necessary elements.




Archived University of New Hampshire NECHE/NEASC reports are available online.

Note: In 2018, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) completed a corporate restructuring that involved making its higher education commission (CIHE) a separate entity. CIHE now operates as the New England Commission of Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE), and NECHE is now the federally recognized regional accreditor for the six New England states.