York County Community College is accredited by The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)* is the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Three institutions in Greece, three in Switzerland, two in Lebanon, and one in Bulgaria, Bermuda, and Morocco, respectively, are also affiliated with CIHE.

The Commission consists of faculty and administrators from affiliated institutions and public members. It is served by a staff led by Dr. Barbara Brittingham.

The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits. The Commission is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), affirming that its Standards and processes are consistent with the quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established.

*From the NECHE website:

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) has recently completed a corporate restructuring to align with the US Department of Education’s requirement that our higher education commission (CIHE) operate as a “separate and independent” entity. CIHE will now operate as the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE) and we will continue to operate as NEASC. Complying with this legal requirement ensures that NECHE will remain the gatekeeper for access to federal financial aid by students of New England’s colleges and universities.

Our NECHE colleagues will continue to be located within the NEASC suite of offices and share resources with the three NEASC Commissions. The restructuring has been seamless and will enable both entities to pursue their unique missions as well as to collaborate across the K-16 continuum in ways that serve the interests of our entire membership. NEASC remains committed to working closely with our higher education colleagues to explore opportunities to enhance the value of accreditation in supporting the educational success and college readiness of our students.

2017 – 2019 Reaccreditation Process

Five-Year Interim Report to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges – 2014

Individuals may also contact:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514,
Tel: 781.425.7785