PSU Receives Continuing Accreditation From NEASC

October 1st, 2004 by Adam

Plymouth State University has received notice of its continuing accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

NEASC is the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association serving some 1,864 public and independent schools, colleges and universities in the six states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, as well as 117 American/International
schools around the globe. PSU’s next visit by a NEASC evaluation team won’t be for another 10 years (2013) — the maximum time granted between visits. However, a five year progress report will have to be submitted in 2008, a standard practice when there are 10 years between scheduled visits.

In a letter from the NEASC Commission on Institutions of Higher Education to President Donald P.Wharton notifying him of PSU’s continuing accreditation, it states, “The continuation of Plymouth State University in accreditation is based on the Commission’s finding that Plymouth State substantially meets the Standards for Accreditation.
The institution is commended for its success in fashioning a new general education program, including a new freshman seminar. The Commission is also gratified to note Plymouth State’s emphasis on service to the community it serves in northern New Hampshire, its commitment to students, and the sense of community shared by the faculty, staff, and students of the institution.”

To prepare for institutional re-accreditation by NEASC, Plymouth State underwent a three year self-study, in which 13 standards were reviewed in an effort to create a road map for the institution going forward. “The self-study had a very important role in the accreditation process, as it reflects both what we feel are our strengths, concerns
and aspirations, and what the NEASC team found” says Wharton. “To have the Commission’s finding align with, and confirm, our findings, is what we wanted out of the report.”

For more information on NEASC, PSU’s continuing accreditation from NEASC, and/or the self-study report, visit