Accreditation is not a single event, but rather an ongoing, voluntary cycle of comprehensive internal and external assessments, short- and long-term strategic planning, and periodic reporting sustained by professional partnership and support. Member schools must, according to the appropriate Commission protocol, periodically demonstrate continued alignment with NEASC Standards and Principles in order to maintain their NEASC Accreditation/Membership.
A school interested in accreditation begins by applying for candidacy and must demonstrate that it has the basic structures, policies, and systems in place to support a quality learning environment. Once a school has been recognized as a NEASC Candidate for Accreditation, the cycle commences.
NEASC's groundbreaking accreditation protocol, ACE Learning, was launched in 2016 and has been successfully implemented in an increasing number of our member schools. All CIE member schools will eventually transition from the 8th Edition protocol to ACE according to a schedule based on their current status in the accreditation cycle.
For more information about ACE Learning, please read the ACE Introduction. It explains the conceptual framework that underpins ACE, describes the various phases of the cycle, and summarizes the most significant differences to current protocols.