Our accreditation status is important to our students, and we are proud that Lincoln College of New England is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Lincoln College of New England is also accredited by the State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education.
Accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. indicates that Lincoln College of New England meets or exceeds the criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which demonstrates institutional integrity, has the necessary resources available to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is engaged in doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.
Lincoln College of New England is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, Massachusetts 01803
On May 14, 2018, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE) communicated with the college on their ongoing comprehensive review of our institution. This review included our development of a self-evaluation report, an on-site visit in October 2017, an on-site team visit report, and our subsequent response to that report. Based on their review, the NEASC Commission is requiring LCNE to show cause why it should not be placed on probation because it believes our college may not be in compliance with certain areas of the NEASC Standards for Accreditation including Planning and Evaluation; Organization and Governance; The Academic Program; Students; Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship; Institutional Resources; and Educational Effectiveness.
LCNE appreciates the opportunity to review the findings and to respond accordingly. As part of our continued transparency on the NEASC-CIHE accreditation process, our college is providing this information to the general public. It is our belief that our institution has been in compliance with all of the NEASC-CIHE Standards of Accreditation. We look forward to providing additional information to the Commission on the show-cause directive by June 13, 2018, and appearing before the NEASC Commission on June 28, 2018, to present our vision for the college going forward.
Lastly, if additional information is needed on the ongoing accreditation process, NEASC-CIHE and LCNE recently published a dual press release on its website that can found at www.neasc.org.
In addition to our institutional accreditation standing through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., several Lincoln College of New England programs are distinguished through their recognition by programmatic accreditation bodies.
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) - As a SARA-approved institution*, Lincoln College of New England is a verified, trusted provider of postsecondary distance education. SARA provides processes that make state authorizations more effective and efficient, and is a mark of integrity and quality among online learning programs. To learn more about SARA and its mission, visit www.NC-Sara.org.
*Because of certain concerns, Lincoln College of New England has been approved by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education for provisional participation in SARA (see Section 3.2 of the NC-SARA Manual).