By Julie Nash

The University of Massachusetts Lowell will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit Nov. 5-8, 2023, by a team representing the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NEASC).

The New England Commission of Higher Education is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and accredits over 200 institutions in the six-state New England region and across the United States, as well as American-style institutions overseas. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole.

UMass Lowell and its predecessor institutions have been accredited by the Commission since 1975 and was last reviewed in 2013. Its accreditation by the Commission encompasses the entire institution.

For the past year and a half, UMass Lowell has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. 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.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to:

Public Comment on the University of Massachusetts Lowell
New England Commission of Higher Education
301 Edgewater Place, Suite 210
Wakefield, MA 01880
E-mail: info@neche.org

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.

Public Comments must be received by Nov. 8, 2023. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.