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NEASC Accreditation

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

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

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425.7785
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The University underwent a comprehensive evaluation visit in April 2014 by a team representing NEASC's Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The CIHE is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis.

Following the CIHE team’s visit and review of UMPI's Self-Study, its findings were compiled into a final report and UMPI officials had the opportunity to respond to the report. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 240 institutions in the six-state New England region. UMPI has been accredited by the Commission since 1968 and was previously reviewed in 2003. Its accreditation by the New England Association encompasses the entire institution.