Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission 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 Commission 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 accreditation status should be directed to the President’s Office. Individuals may also contact:
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
UMA NECHE Self-Study
NECHE (Formerly NEASC) Focused Site Visit – April 8-10, 2018
Our regional accrediting body, NECHE, conducted a Focused Site Visit April 8-10, 2018. The NECHE Team was comprised of two members, Patricia Meservey, President Emeritus of Salem State University, and Scott Stanley, Provost of Granite State College. During this Focused Site Visit, the NECHE Team evaluated our efforts to improve student success, to reduce our students’ default rate, and to offer programming using the Second Chance Pell Program at the Maine State Prison and the Maine Correctional Center. As part of that process, we submitted a report on these areas. A copy of the report is found below.
2018 NECHE Self-Study Documents
- The UMA Focused Visit Self Study – February 2018 (PDF)
- The Visiting Team Focused Visit Report – May 2018 (Word document)
- UMA Response to NECHE Focused Site Visit Report – July 2018 (PDF)
- NECHE summary letter to UMA – December 2018 (PDF)