Accreditation of an institution of higher education by NEASC indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through 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 NEASC 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 the individual graduates.  Rather, it provides reasonable assurances about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. 

2017 reaccreditation review

College of the Atlantic will undergo a comprehensive reaccreditation evaluation visit by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges this fall and is seeking public comment on the matter.

Throughout 2016 and 2017, COA academic dean Ken Hill has led a team of staff and faculty in a self-study process, addressing the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. The Commission’s evaluation team will gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate when they visit from Sunday, Oct. 22 through Wednesday, Oct. 25. 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.

All members of the public and the COA community are invited to submit written comments, by mail or email, regarding College of the Atlantic. The comments should consist of general remarks typically related to an individual’s experience or judgements about the quality of the College’s programs or services.

To send a comment via U.S. mail, write to:
Public Comment on College of the Atlantic
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514

To send a comment electronically, email:

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, and should also include permission for the comment to be forwarded to President Collins.

Public Comments must be received by Wednesday, Oct. 25. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.

Accreditation documents
The COA self-study team

Darron Collins, President
Heather Albert-Knopp, Dean of Admission
Judy Allen, Registrar, Associate Academic Dean
Andy Griffiths, Administrative Dean
Ken Hill, Academic Dean
Sarah Luke, Dean of Student Life
Chris Petersen, Associate Academic Dean
Karen Waldron, Associate Academic Dean
Rob Levin, Director of Communications
Anne Kozak, Writing Program Director