Marlboro College and the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies programs are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. Accreditation by NEASC indicates that Marlboro meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process.
The last re-accreditation process for Marlboro was in November of 2004, when an evaluation team from NEASC determined that the college had clearly defined purposes appropriate to an institution of higher learning, the resources to achieve those purposes, and the ability to continue doing so. The process also involved our own self-study, in accordance with NEASC guidelines and driven by a steering committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff, offering the entire community many opportunities for input and discussion.
As expected, the NEASC evaluation team confirmed that the undergraduate program “fulfills its stated mission as a liberal arts college with a strong student-centered focus. The academic program, support services, and character of campus life including the Town Meeting structure, are consistently connected to the mission.”
The team reported Marlboro graduate programs have “developed a reputation for high quality, responsive and innovative degree and certificate programs, securing faculty from active roles in business and academia to keep programs relevant and up to date. Publicity about graduate programs helped raise Marlboro’s profile nationwide and in Vermont.”
Accreditation by NEASC applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. The next re-accreditation process will commence in 2014.
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status should be directed to Sirkka Kauffman, assistant dean of academic affairs, Sean Conley, associate dean of graduate and professional studies. For more information, individuals may also contact the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (firstname.lastname@example.org).