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 completed in April 2015, when an evaluation team from NEASC determined that the college had clearly defined purposes appropriate to an institution of higher learning, according to their 11 standards. They also judged that Marlboro the resources to achieve those purposes, and the ability to continue doing so. The process involved our own self-study, responding to the NEASC standards, driven by a steering committee composed of students, faculty, staff, and trustees, offering the entire community many opportunities for input and discussion.
A letter from NEASC stated, “The quality and dedication of the faculty who provide each undergraduate student individualized support to design and complete a Plan of Concentration, the ‘hallmark’ of a Marlboro education, is impressive, as evidenced by 77 percent of Marlboro’s graduates continuing in advanced or graduate study within five years of graduation.”
“In addition, we understand that the mission of the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) has evolved over the past several years to be more aligned with the mission of the undergraduate campus, and recognize GPS’s assessment of student achievement through an extensive review of capstone and portfolio projects by program faculty and the Academic Oversight Committee.”
The visiting team recognized that Marlboro College is also facing challenges due to the changing face of higher education in the US, and has incurred operating deficits three years in the last ten due to declining enrollment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. But they were also encouraged by the college’s new strategic plan and admissions action plan, which have led to a number of enhancements to the recruitment process, including a new website and new marketing materials.
“Other enrollment initiatives include expanded programming for high school students, adding to the GPS admissions staff, and increasing the college’s visibility through the Beautiful Minds competition and the ‘Marlboro on the Road’ series,” said the NEASC letter.
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 2024, but Marlboro will be periodically reporting to NEASC on advances in the institution’s financial situation and enrollment in the meantime.
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status should be directed to Julie Richardson, assistant dean of academic records. For more information, individuals may also contact the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
To file public comments or complaints regarding the quality of education at Marlboro or its accreditation, go to NEASC’s comments and complaints page. For questions or complaints regarding state licensing of colleges and programs, go to the Vermont Department of Education. Please note that the Vermont Department of Education does not intervene in the internal procedures of colleges and universities, and encourages you to work directly with Marlboro to resolve any issues.