The College of Our Lady of the Elms (Elms College) will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit March 25-29, 2022, by a team representing 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). 

The New England Commission of Higher Education is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 220 institutions in the six-state New England region as well as several American-style institutions overseas. 

Elms College has been accredited by the Commission since 1942 and was last reviewed in  2013. Its accreditation by the Commission encompasses the entire institution. For the past  year and a half, Elms College has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the  Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution to  gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the  Commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the  Commission itself will take the final action. 

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to: 

Public Comment on Elms College
New England Commission of Higher Education 
301 Edgewater Place, Suite 210 
Wakefield, MA 01880 

Public Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators, or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Public Comments must be received  by March 29, 2022. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date  will be considered.