Accreditation

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Wellesley College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the Office of Institutional Research. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425 7785
E-Mail: cihe@neasc.org

Once every ten years, the College undergoes re-accreditation. We are now engaged in a period of self-study, and Wellesley’s next accreditation site visit will be on March 10–13, 2019.

The accreditation process provides an opportunity for our entire community to deeply reflect on where Wellesley stands in pursuit of its mission and how we will continue to prepare our students to make a difference in the world. In the course of its work, the steering committee identified a need to review, reconsider, and hone the expressed values of Wellesley College. These are the fundamental shared beliefs that guide our community as we live, learn, and work together, and they speak to the singular nature and immense potential of the College. Together with Wellesley’s mission, our values serve as guideposts for future planning and decision-making.

The steering committee has agreed to extend its work on the self-study by guiding a process to articulate our institutional values. Later this winter, the committee will share its progress with the community and seek feedback as we consider the most fundamental and compelling aspects of Wellesley. 

Questions, comments, or suggestions for the accreditation team should be sent to accreditationquestions@wellesley.edu

A copy of the documents describing the school’s accreditation, approval or licensing may be viewed below:

2015 NEASC Response

2014 Interim Report

2010 NEASC Response

2009 NEASC Evaluation

2009 Self Study