NEASC Accreditation

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

Welcome to The University of Southern Maine Accreditation website.  Every ten years, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) assesses member colleges and universities for accreditation. USM’s last review was in 2011 and we were successful in meeting the requirements established by NEASC.  Goals and challenges identified from those reviews were incorporated into institutional change efforts, providing direction for university development and growth.

NEASC Standards, eleven in all, serve as the guidelines for the achievement of a successful review.  These standards also guide an institution in the preparation of a self-study document which will be developed on campus through accreditation committees and discussions within public forums.

USM was reviewed and re-accredited in November, 2011 and will be eligible for re-accreditation in 2021. The University must submit a two-year progress report in Fall 2013 and a Five-Year Interim Report in Fall 2016.

NEASC Accreditation Follow Up

University of Southern Maine

The Commission hopes that the evaluation process has contributed to institutional improvement.  It appreciates your cooperation with the effort to provide public assurance of the quality of higher education in New England

You are encouraged to share this letter with all of the institution's constituencies. It is Commission policy to inform the chairperson of the institution's governing board of action on its accreditation status.