About NEASC Reaccreditation
In November of 2004, after a visit from an evaluation team, Marlboro was reaccredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The goal of the NEASC evaluation team was to determine that Marlboro:
- had clearly defined purposes appropriate to an institution of higher learning;
- had adequate resources to achieve its purposes;
- could demonstrate that it is achieving its purposes;
- had the ability to continue to achieve its purposes.
The process of reaccreditation involved first our own self-study within 11 Standards of Accreditation. In order to verify that the self-study accurately reflected the reality of Marlboro College, Louise Zak, then chair of reaccredidation, gave the entire community many opportunities for input and discussion.
A steering committee comprised of students, faculty and staff (Jim Tober, John Willis, Jim Mahoney, Heather Clark, Lisa Sprute and Amialya Elder) assisted Zak in the creation of a self-study completed in accordance with NEASC guidelines. Individual committees (committee on faculty, curriculum committee, selectpeople, marketing committee, etc.) reviewed each section before the full draft was completed in order to ensure accuracy.
As expected, the NEASC evaluation team confirmed that the college “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. There is a committed and supportive board of trustees, an inspiring new president, and a very dedicated faculty and staff; they work hard to meet student needs.”
The next reaccreditation process will commence in 2014.