NECHE Accreditation


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

NECHE 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 submitted a two-year progress report in Fall 2013 and a Five-Year Interim Report in Fall 2016.