NECHE Standards

NECHE – Yale’s Regional Accreditation Association

Yale’s university-wide accreditation by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NEASC) depends on a regular process of regional review.  This review is organized around a set of overarching standards determined by consensus of the higher education community; each institution is evaluated on how well it meets these standards in light of its mission. The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. 

Every 10 years, Yale undertakes a comprehensive and wide-ranging self–study according to the NECHE Standards for AccreditationThis process culminates in evaluation by a visiting team of faculty and administrators from peer institutions. After the visit, the visiting team chair prepares a report for the university and NECHE, and the commission meets with the Yale president and a representative of the team to discuss the report and Yale’s response to it. The decennial process concludes with a letter of reaccreditation from NECHE.

Past Yale self–study reports and related information can be found on the Reports & Documents page. See the FAQs section for more details about the self-study and accreditation process. Information about how to comment on, or register complaints about, Yale University’s compliance with the NECHE accreditation criteria may be found on the NECHE website.