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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is accreditation?

Accreditation reviews the quality of educational institutions and provides a reasonable assurance to the public and students who attend of that quality. Accreditations of an institution by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which has available the resources to achieve its stated purposes through educational programs and opportunities, and is doing so. Accreditation also assures the public that an institution will continue to do so in the foreseeable future; this is proven through the self-discovery process.

What is the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC)?

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., is a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutes include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering postgraduate instruction. NEASC is the crediting body for the whole of UVM. Other accrediting bodies exist for individual program accreditation. Learn more about NEASC on their website.

What is a "self-study"?

The work leading up to the periodic accreditation aims to accumulate information about the institution in order to determine that UVM should continue its accredited status. This time of looking inward at the institution is what we're calling the self-study. We look at eleven standards established by our accrediting body that include: mission/purpose, academics, faculty, students and more. Read all the standards for accreditation in the standards section of this website.

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