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Accreditation FAQ

What is accreditation?

Who certifies MCLA's accreditation?

How often does accreditation happen?

What is the self-study?

When did MCLA's last campus visit take place?

What if I have other questions?


What is accreditation?

Accreditation is a system of voluntary self-regulation that complements the requirements outlined by state educational systems, federal oversight of financial aid, and professional licensure in many fields. Accrediting bodies establish standards of best practice that: 1) provide a framework for institutional development and self-evaluation; and 2) articulate what a college or university must do in order to deserve the public trust. Top of Page

Who certifies MCLA's accreditation?

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is the regional accrediting agency that serves MCLA.  NEASC is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Every region in the country has a similar organization that is responsible for reviewing the schools in its area both K-12 and postsecondary institutions. Top of Page

How often does accreditation happen?

Every ten years we prepare a self-study in advance of a "comprehensive" visit by a team of peer reviewers. We also provide periodic updates and interim reports as recommended by the visiting team, including a standard fifth-year report. Top of Page

What is the self-study?

The self-study is a comprehensive review of MCLA's organization and operation. We organize the self-study in response to eleven standards that cover everything from our mission and  purpose, to our academic program and student profile, to our physical plant and technology infrastructure. In the self-study, we describe the ways in which we meet the standards, identify areas of progress and improvement, and offer plans to continue moving the college forward in the next ten years. Top of Page

When did MCLA's last campus visit take place?

The last visit by a team of peer reviewers was November 3-6, 2013. Top of Page

What if I have other questions?

You can email your questions to us. Top of Page