Accreditation

Framingham State University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education
(NECHE)
; the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in New England.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by NECHE 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 NECHE 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 NECHE should be directed to the administrative staff
of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
781-425-7785
Email: info@neche.org

Specialized Program Accreditation:

     Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE):
          Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Programs

     Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):
          Undergraduate Programs:
               Coordinated Program in Dietetics
               Nutrition And Dietetics

     National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD):
          Undergraduate Programs:

               Art History
               Studio Art
               Fashion Design and Retailing (Apparel Design)
               Communication Arts (Media Production)
          Graduate Programs:
               Master of Education (Art)    

     Council of the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP; formally NCATE):
          Undergraduate Programs:
               Early Childhood Education
               Elementary Education
          Graduate Programs:
               Master of Education
               Post-baccalaureate Teaching Licensure

     International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE):
          Undergraduate Programs:
               Accounting
               Business Information and Technology
               Finance
               Management
               Marketing
          Graduate Programs:
               Master of Business Administration   

Certifications:

     Interstate Certification Compact on Certification of Educational Personnel
     The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
     The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) - Licensure Programs for Educators
     National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) - Licensure Programs for Educators

Memberships:

     College Entrance Examination Board
     New England Commission of Higher Education
     American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
     American Association of State Colleges and Universities
     Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
     National League for Nursing
     International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
     National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Individuals seeking additional information on accreditation or licensing should contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 508 626-4582.